Sep 23, 2015
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For hundreds of community members this Halloween, trick-or-treating won’t come until after they have laced up their running and walking shoes to participate in the 29th Annual GRIP Harmony Walk/5K Run event in Richmond.

And while participants who complete the distance will certainly have earned their candy, they will more importantly share the sweet honor of having a dramatic impact on the lives of more than 15,000 homeless individuals and families in Contra Costa County.

The always popular GRIP (Greater Richmond Interfaith Program) Harmony Walk, which aims to unite the community in an active way that also contributes to ending hunger and homelessness in the county, is scheduled to take place Saturday, Oct. 31 at Nichol Park.

The event, which again has Chevron Richmond as its presenting sponsor, brings hundreds of friends, families, local businesses, congregations and corporate and media partners together with the goal of raising money for those in need. Participants are encouraged to sign up to race either individually or as part of a team. To register, visit here.

gripharmony.9-23-1With the event falling on All Hallow’s Day, this year aims to be the most fun and colorful yet, Event Coordinator Danielle Franklin said.

“We will have lots of activities including a Pumpkin carving contest, trick-or-treating and a costume parade featuring the children,” Franklin said.

GRIP’s goal this year is to raise $150,000 to benefit programs and vital supportive services for the county’s hungry and homeless.

Andrea Bailey, community engagement manager with Chevron Richmond, said the company continues to sponsor the event because it is a great community-building tool that has a real impact on the lives of local residents.

“GRIP provides important services such as shelter, meals and important resources to help individuals and families in our community get back on their feet,” Bailey said. “Chevron is proud to participate in and financially support this great event that benefits our neighbors.”

Check-in on Oct. 31 begins at 7:30 a.m., with the 5K starting at 8:50 a.m. and the 3.5-mile walk at 9 a.m. At 11 a.m., the Finish Line festival will begin at Nichol Park featuring music, food trucks, prizes and exhibitors.

GRIP, founded in 1966, is an interfaith, multi-cultural coalition of 41 organizations and congregations working to address issues of human dignity and social justice through both advocacy and education.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.