Hundreds take part in the race to end poverty

30,000 struggle with homelessness in Montgomery County

Chevy Chase, Md. - The 2017 Race To End Poverty took off Sunday in Chevy Chase with over 700 Montgomery County residents taking part.

With about 30,000 people struggling with homelessness in Montgomery County, organizers of the run know that their fundraising efforts are needed now more than ever.

"We live in such a great county with so many resources but there are more people in poverty than ever before and it’s really not an excuse,” said Race to End Poverty organizer Emily Meyer. “We have to do better."

This years race was the biggest success yet, raising more than 50,000 dollars for A Wider Circle, a non-profit organization dedicated to battling poverty across Montgomery County as well as Prince George’s County and the District of Columbia.

The race has gotten so popular that organizers created a number of fundraising awards to go with those who finish the fastest.

President of the Montgomery County Council Roger Berliner made an appearance at the awards ceremony at the end of the race where he handed out various trophies and thanked each runner for their participation.

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