Chilly Run Draws Warm Hearts For Veterans
Date: Tuesday, February 21 2017
Photo: Tasha Farmer sings the National Anthem at the start of the 2-mile event.
Newsflash: Truffles Discovered in Alton Baker Park!
No use bringing out the sniffer pig. These truffles are native to West Eugene and crop up en masse at Alton Baker Park only once each year, on Truffle Shuffle Sunday. (Scroll down for more photos.) CLICK HERE for race results.
And the wintry chill didn’t deter more than 500 walkers and runners from showing their true colors on Feb. 16. Instead the atmosphere was festive and purposeful at Alton Baker Park as athletes of all ages and a few canines warmed up in anticipation of brisk activity topped with a sweet Euphoria Chocolate truffle. One of Lane County’s original running events, Truffle Shuffle is headed by St. Vincent de Paul as a benefit for veteran programs.
Nearly 50 veterans participated, among them a group from Team Red, White & Blue that carried aloft the Stars and Stripes throughout the 4-mile run.
Some Truffle participants scribbled their affections for veteran relatives, friends and sweethearts on a canvas sheet…
“I’m here today to support my dad & cousins that fought and are fighting for me as of this very minute.”
“I am here for my father, friends and those who gave all.”
Other athletes kept time to rock and roll booming from the Run Big truck or watched in fascination as a kilted drum and pipe band produced tunes of yore. Meanwhile nearly 100 volunteers registered, handed out water, cheered along the course, detached timers, and dispensed milk and dark chocolate truffles.
Funds raised by Truffle Shuffle benefit St. Vincent de Paul’s veteran programs including:
Vet LIFT: Housing for veterans who have been dually diagnosed with mental illness and chemical addiction;
Supportive Services for Veteran Families: Working to end veteran homelessness among those who want the help.
Veterans In Progress: Employment assistance, including resumes, interviewing, placement and follow-up.