ROANOKE, Va – The annual Drumstick Dash in Roanoke does much more than get people up and move before that big Thanksgiving meal.
The event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Roanoke Rescue Mission to help feed those in need.
This year, the event is going entirely virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers are still hoping for many runners so they can continue to help those who need it most in our community.
“We knew we were going to have to make a tough decision when it got to the end of the summer,” said Kevin Berry with the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
On Tuesday, the Roanoke Rescue Mission announced its annual race would be virtual, allowing people to run throughout the month of November. Berry said the demand for services at the Rescue Mission has gone up during the pandemic.
“With this pandemic came the reality that a lot more people are on the verge of falling right into poverty,” Berry said.
Berry is hoping for a high turnout this year, as the race brings in about $300,000 and pays for all the shelter’s dining services throughout the year. He said the high participation rate shows the Roanoke community values helping others.
“The slogan for the race is move your feet so others can eat, and what that really can mean is move your feet so a child can focus in school,” Berry said.