Second annual 5K Sock Run taking place downtown on Sunday

Ronald McDonald kicks off the inaugural "Sock Run" in Youngstown.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – First News is one of the sponsors of the McDonald’s 5K Sock Run in downtown Youngstown that will take place Sunday.

The proceeds from the event will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.

First News spoke with Herb Washington, the owner of the Youngstown-area McDonalds, and Sheila Williams of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

“When you come to McDonald’s and your drop your coins or dollars in the drive-through canister that’s on the outside or out front by the counter, we take those dollars and we deploy them back into the community. Here in Youngstown, we’ve probably spent close to a million dollars since 1985 in putting money back into the community in such things as Akron Children’s Hospital. We’ve done things at YSU in terms of sponsorships and a host of other activities, i.e., the coach initiative that we do every October at Warren in Mahoning County as well as Columbiana County,” Washington said.

There are approximately 160 Ronald McDonald houses around the world in 19 countries.

Sheila Williams said the 5K event is in its second year and organizers expect to have close to 500 participants by Sunday.

Williams wore the signature socks that are key to the event to speak with First News.

“These are the signature socks, right. The runners will get them in their goodie packets, and volunteers will have them on. If we have any left, they will be for sale,” Williams said.

Williams said that she will not be running in the 5K. She did say that she could do a 5K and may be pressed into it, saying she has been secretly training.

Participants can register at 10:00 a.m. Sunday downtown near Eastern Gateway Community College. The opening ceremony starts at 11:15, and the race starts at noon. The race costs $30 per contestant.

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