22nd annual WAMDA 5k to benefit Food Bank of WMass

More than 200 runners attended

FLORENCE, Mass. (WWLP) – You can tell the weather’s getting better when western Massachusetts runners start lacing up their sneakers to raise money for worthy causes.

Sunday morning marked the 22nd annual Western Area Massachusetts Dietetic Association 5K run/walk. More than 200 runners lined up inside Look Park on North Main Street for the race.

Since the first race in 1993, the WAMDA has raised nearly $34,000, and the proceeds and donations from Sunday have not been included.

The proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, which provides individuals facing hunger with the food they need to survive.

Norah Lusignan of the Westfield P.V. Women’s Running Club said, “I think there should be more of these for causes like that. The overhead when you run a race is very low, it really is an opportunity to raise funds for needy causes.” The Pioneer Valley Women’s Running Club was just one of several groups running in Sunday’s race.

At Sunday’s race there was also a health fair that runners could browse and learn about nutrition.

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