This Year's Project: Fresh Soles 4 Youth
Homestead Running Club is a non-profit organization (501C3) actively working towards overall wellbeing in Southeast Nebraska. We donate our time and/or equipment for our 2 club hosted races: Healthy Hearts Run/February & Plow the Prairie in October with the Homestead National Monument plus area races which raise funds and awareness for their community’s betterment or charities. We were established in 2009 by a group of like-minded individuals wanting to promote running and its benefits to people of all ages and skill levels. Our Mission Statement: Bring the joy and health advantages of running, jogging, and walking to everyone regardless of age or ability. Encourage families, youth, and seniors to participate and experience the fitness that running and walking can provide. Provide races and fun runs for those who desire to compete or enjoy the fellowship of running together. We are very community oriented and give back by doing several roadside & street trash pick-ups in conjunction with Keep Beatrice Beautiful; Adopt a Trail- we clean the 1 mile trail from 2nd & Court to recycling center. We also hold seminars, group runs and social events all open to the public. Area Trails: Our members volunteer on the Homestead Conservation Trails Association Board which oversees the maintenance & use of the 19+ miles of the Chief Standing Bear trail. We are also active with Beatrice Moves Coalition which is heavily involved in making trails user friendly and expanding outdoor activities.
Current Project: Fresh Soles 4 Youth
Fresh Soles 4 Youth is a newly developed project with a mission to ensure that young runners are equipped with running shoes to give them a healthy and proper start plus maintain a lifelong love of fitness and running. The Homestead Running Club (established in 2009) is partnering with the Beatrice Middle & High School Cross Country programs to share their mission of encouraging youth to experience the joy and health advantages that running provides. Coaches and program directors will select 2 young runners each year who may not have the opportunity to find resources for quality running shoes. The runners must be in good standing, show commitment and actively participate in the cross country program. The shoes will be purchased locally. HRC plans to sustain the Fresh Soles 4 Youth program and potentially expand it in future years.