Jacksonville Holds 8K Run For Homeless

Bryan Jones

Photo Illustration by Grace Singer

Designed to help move men, women and children from homelessness into homes of their own, the fifth annual Sulzbacher Center’s 8K run and 1-mile walk started and finished at The Jacksonville Landing.

According to their Web site, The Sulzbacher Center is Northeast Florida’s only provider of comprehensive services for homeless men, women and children. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Their mission is to “empower homeless and at-risk men, women and children to achieve a better life through a full range of services, both direct and in collaboration with community partners, thus renewing hope and restoring lives back into the fabric of the community.”

On Saturday, March 26, members of the Jacksonville University Health and Wellness team volunteered at the run, which passed through downtown Jacksonville and over the bridges.

“There was a total of seven Health and Wellness members that participated,” said Jennah Knight, president of the Health and Wellness team. “We helped out at the registration table, passing T-Shirts out, passing race numbers out, and passing chips out. There was a great attendance and support from the Jacksonville community.”

A health fair with free health diagnostic screenings and information began from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the 1-mile walk started at 5:30 p.m., and the 8K run started at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefitted the Sulzbacher Center’s programs for homeless men, women and children.

There was a post-race party after the run in the Jacksonville Landing courtyard with the University of North Florida Drum line, and music from Impact and Angel Angelfire.

“Volunteering at the Sulzbacher Center 8K walk gave me awareness of the homeless community in Jacksonville, and the support given to them from the greater Jacksonville community,” said Abbie Beates, vice-president of the Health and Welness team. “I handed out race numbers, and by doing so, I was able to see how many people in Jacksonville care about the homeless community.”