Hundreds lace up in Center City to fight homelessness on Global Running Day

Mike Dougherty
June 06, 2018 - 1:21 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Sneakers pounding on treadmills Wednesday at Liberty Place in Center City Philadelphia for eight hours.

Wednesday is Global Running Day, and Back on My Feet, a support organization that helps lift people out of homelessness, staged a fundraiser with health insurer Cigna.

"The financial goal, $50,000," said Cathryn Sanderson, executive director of Back on My Feet. She said the money raised from the project will help people who have hit a rough patch.

"What that means is we use running Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 5:30 in the morning, to transform the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness," Sanderson said. "We use running to help get them into employment, housing and education."

More than 400 runners from several companies in the city took part in the fundraiser. Participating teams committed $2,000 each to run on one of 10 treadmills arranged in a circle in the Liberty Place rotunda.

Vince Perozze should have been wearing wings because he was flying.

"Somewhere around 5:15 to 5:20," he said — that's minutes per mile. "A couple of my colleagues are involved with Back on My Feet, and they're great people. Just want to make them proud."