Run for Hope

Approximately 200 runners turned out last year for the Run for Hope 5K and 10K run out of the parking lot in front of the former Piggly Wiggly and U.S. Post Office on Second Loop Road in Florence.

FLORENCE, S.C. – House of Hope’s third annual Run for Hope is offering a 5K and 10K this year. The event will be held on June 22.

Runners can check in starting at 6:30 a.m. The 10K will start at 7:25 a.m. and the 5K at 7:30 a.m. Registration and runs start at 500 Second Loop Road, the site of the former Piggly Wiggly store.

The first 100 registered runners will receive a specialty T-shirt in addition to the runner’s shirt. To advance register online, visit

Everyone will receive a finisher medal, and division awards will be given out at the completion of the race.

Proceeds from the event will go to House of Hope Men’s Home and the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter.

“We will use it to keep the lights on and cool everybody,” said Julie Maxham, director of development.

She said last year between the two shelters, 20,000 beds were used and 50,000 meals were served.

“We are usually full when it is very hot or cold,” she said.

A full house at the Men’s Home is 31 beds occupied. At the Graham Community Shelter, that is between 30 and 35 beds.

Maxham said approximately 200 runners participated in last year’s run.

The event raised $6,000, she said.

“We hope to do a lot more this year,” Maxham said.

She would like to collect between $8,000 and $10,000 from this year’s event.

Oak Capital Management is the major sponsor.

The event is for the entire family. Kids, strollers and well-behaved dogs are welcome.

The House of Hope has been around for 30 years helping people in need. It is a Christ-centered ministry consisting of the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter, which provides emergency food and shelter to men, women and families, and the Men’s Home, which offers transitional, long-term help for men seeking a new start to their lives.

The House of Hope of the Pee Dee is located at 1020 W. Darlington St. in Florence. For more information, call 843-667-9000.

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