Runners compete in Amherst Half Marathon to support a good cause

Hampshire County

The second annual Amherst Half Marathon Weekend came to an end Saturday afternoon.

Hundreds of people made their way to UMass Amherst to run in the second annual Amherst Half Marathon this weekend.

The course runs through the college town to benefit the Amherst Survival Center, which supports families and individuals who struggle to make ends meet.

“And that’s a big part of the community here,” said Nicole White of Amherst. “It’s really supporting people who need that help. So, as a participant being able to support that I think that’s really great for Amherst.”

A portion of this weekend’s entry fees will be donated to the Center.

“We’re really working hard to try to make this benefit them. We’ve got runners bringing donations of gently used shoes and winter boots, and we have Team Survival this year which is like VIP treatment if runners make a $50 donation to the Survival Center,” Beth Shluger, Hartford Marathon Foundation CEO/President told 22News.

The half marathon starts and ends at UMass Amherst traveling through the town’s center and across the town’s country roads.

This year, the winners of both the men’s and women’s races beat last year’s course record.

“It’s great to come out here,” Will Armero of Cambridge added. “It’s beautiful weather. It’s got the fall foliage, kind of, the tail end of that, and also it benefiting the community makes it kind of a perfect day.”

The family-friendly event also included a kids run and family 5K.

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