• 2013 Kettle Classic 5K race next month will benefit local young mothers in need

    2013 Kettle Classic 5K race next month will benefit local young mothers in need

    Posted March 29, 2013 By in Blog, Special Events With | Comments Off

    Washington, DC (March 26, 2013) – The Salvation Army National Capital Area is hosting the 2013 Kettle Classic 5K Run on April 20 on the Festival Grounds of RFK Stadium in Northeast Washington beginning with pre-race events 8:00 a.m. The race begins at 9:00 a.m. and is being run on the Grand Prix course at the stadium. There will also be a two kilometer family fun walk thru Kingman Island, a conservation area next to the stadium. All proceeds from the 2013 Kettle Classic will benefit Turning Point Center, a dynamic program for homeless young women with children.

    The costs are as follows:
    • $35 5K Run Adult
    • $25 5K Run Youth (Under 18)
    • $15 Walk Adult (Under 18 Walk Free)

    Salvation Army race organizers are looking to register 500 participants for the second ever Kettle Classic 5K run and hoping to raise $50,000 from the race through sponsorships and registrations. The event is open to everyone including runners, aspiring runners, walkers, families with children including strollers, and even the family dog is welcome.

    Major Reckline expressed optimism for a great turnout to this year’s event saying the community’s involvement is greatly needed to make the race a huge success.

    “We are thrilled to hold this great event. With a fast course for serious runners, and a beautiful walk for families, children, and the family dog; the Kettle Classic is a wonderful way to have fun and do good. All proceeds are benefitting The Salvation Army’s Turning Point Center, a transitional housing program that is helping young women to overcome chronic issues such as homelessness and joblessness,” said Major Lewis Reckline who is planning to take part in the 5K.

    For almost 20 years, Turning Point Center has been giving help and hope to young mothers by giving them the tools to turn their lives around. This helps these women become self-sufficient and to provide for their families thereby breaking the cycle of chronic homelessness and joblessness.
    Race mascot, The Salvation Army Red Kettle, GEICO Gecko, and Washington Wizards Street Team will all be on hand to greet the crowd along with the Dunkin’ Donuts Pace Car. Anyone interested in participating should go to to register now.

    About Turning Point Center for Women and Children

    The Salvation Army’s Turning Point Center is a transitional living program that is located in the heart of the District of Columbia. Since its beginning, Turning Point has been helping young women between 18 and 30 years of age, and their families, to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by offering the families shelter for up to two years while mothers gain career and life skills to become self-sufficient. In a testament to the need for—and success of—the program, three times as many mothers apply than the 26 units at Turning Point can hold. Graduates credit the life-skills training above all else for readying them for independent living. Former Turning Point Center resident Shannon says of her experience, “The program is tough, but I appreciate the structure. Now that I have a son, I have to have a stable job. I have to be in a stable place for him.” You can read more about Shannon by visiting our website at

    About The Salvation Army & the National Capital Area Command

    The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 73,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. We offer emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance, grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers, meals for the hungry and homeless, support for the disabled, elderly and ill, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster relief, transitional housing for single mothers with children and character building opportunities for youth. To receive help or make a donation, please visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube at keyword SalArmyNCA.

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