By Jessica Nutt

Visions and Pathways invited Bill Spadea and myself to emcee the 19th annual "Run For Runaways" in Bridgewater on Saturday. Perfect weather day for a run (thanks Dan Zarrow).

More than 100 runners and walkers signed up to participate event. Yes, I ran and finished the 5k race while Bill stayed on the microphone to cheer on the runners and announce prizes. It was fun to participate and finish first in my age group!

We were happy to be joined by Sen. Kip Bateman who showed his support for the cause choosing to participate in the 2-mile walk.

The objective of the run is to raise funds to help homeless and at-risk youth through housing, a stable environment and supportive services. Since 1970, more than 8,000 runaways, homeless, abused or neglected have benefited from services provided by the youth shelter.

"The run helps our arts and recreation program. We go to the theater, we have a health and fitness component, Zumba, yoga, painting, photography. Anything to help our kids find inspiration, expose them to a different way of life. Keep them feeling positive about themselves and the potential for the future," said David Walker CEO and executive director at Visions and Pathways.

Before the race started, organizers were halfway towards their fundraiser goal of raising $30,000. Donate and read more about the program at

Mark the date on your calendar and we'll see you back for the 20th Annual "Run For Runaways."

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