Announcing our Mask Run Virtual 5k for the fall of 2020: Registration is open now!
On the week of October 26-31, we will be hosting our first virtual 5k: The Great Mask Run 2020. Go for a run and bring or wear your favorite mask and make sure to post it on social media to show your support for Heels for the Homeless! All proceeds will go toward purchasing reusable masks to donate to homeless shelters in your community.
The Quick Facts
As of January 2018, 35% of the U.S. population was classified as "unsheltered." In 2014, around 1,500,000 people used homeless shelters in America. These numbers have been climbing as the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in millions of Americans without jobs.
Many of these shelters are lacking in ways to protect their volunteers and dependents from the spread of COVID-19. They do not have the masks, hand sanitizer, or other sanitary supplies needed in order to keep their communities safe, making the homeless population one of the most vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic.
According to the CDC, one of the best ways to contain the spread of COVID-19 is through the use of masks. The CDC states that "cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities."
The CDC "affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities."
By participating in our Mask Run, you will be supplying individuals in homeless shelters with reusable masks, protecting these individuals and your entire community.
How to Register
If you are interested in participating in The Great Mask Run, check out our Events tab on our Menu! There, you will find where to register for the event and will receive your downloadable runner's toolkit and access to the Heels for the Homeless club on the Strava app. Be one of the first 100 to sign up for the 5k and receive a free t-shirt!
“CDC - Homelessness as a Public Health Law Issue - Publications by Topic - Public Health Law.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23 Apr. 2020, www.cdc.gov/phlp/publications/topic/resources/resources-homelessness.html.
“COVID-19: Considerations for Wearing Masks.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html.
“Homeless Populations.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/homeless-shelters/index.html.