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Home runs for the homeless

Bethesda Project will host its second annual Home Run 5K as a weekend-long virtual fundraising race from Oct. 7-10, to support its 16 shelters and residences for homeless people.

The Home Run 5K is a 3.1-mile race that individuals can walk, run or bike a course of their choice while simultaneously raising awareness and funds for Bethesda Project’s shelters and programs. Throughout the weekend, racers will track their times while completing the 5K and record their times on the race page for the chance to win prizes, including fastest time, best race photo and most funds raised.

Kicking off the race weekend will be a Home Run 5K Happy Hour on Oct. 7, from 5-7 p.m. at Triple Bottom Brewery, 915 Spring Garden St.

 All individuals, even if they will not be racing, are invited to attend. Race participants will receive a drink ticket, which is included in their registration.

New to the race this year is the option to run (and fundraise) as teams. Racers who select to join a team will receive $5 off their registration and should email info@bethesdaproject.org for a team code.

Individuals can register for the race until Oct. 10, at www.bethesdaproject.org/homerun5k. Registration includes a Happy Hour drink ticket, racer’s bib and race bag. The first 50 registered individuals receive a race T-shirt. All racers have a $200 (minimum) fundraising goal that provides two weeks of shelter and housing.

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