Rescue Mission adds walk/run to bike event that fights hunger

Next Saturday's (June 29) Ride & Run for the Rescue will raise money for the Rescue Mission. The participants's shirts have a blank space, where they'll fill in how many meals their pledges will fund.

The Rescue Mission is adding a 5K run and a 2 mile walk to its 'Ride For the Rescue' event. This year it's titled Ride and Run for the Rescue.

On Saturday (June 29th) registration starts at 6am for the bike rides, which will go 62, 40, 20, 10 or 2 mile ride, with the 5K run at 9:30am and a 2 mile walk at 10am. Alan Thornton, the Rescue Mission's CEO, says there will also be family themed activities, food and entertainment through the early afternoon.

Participants will get red shirts with an 'empty' light box to fill in how many meals their pledges will provide (about $2.15 per meal served), and Thornton says the number of meals they serve (three times a day) will go up over the summer because 'regular' food sources for families, like schools, shut down.

The Rescue Mission meals are also often gateways to other needed services, including housing, clothing and job counseling and finding.

For more on the Ride and Run, set for June 29 at Long Branch Park, check the website,