Runners were getting ready to take their marks on Wednesday afternoon to help a food pantry that allows thousands of families put food on the table.
The Citizen's Bank Summer 5-K Run kicked off in downtown Middletown on Wednesday. The race caused some main roads to be closed for the event.
Usually 5Ks are held on weekends to avoid closures for evening commuters. Hundreds of runners and families were expected for the race.
Police said the following streets will be closed:
All the roads will be closed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Drivers are asked to avoid the area. To check out the full race map, click here.
The 5K starts at 6:45 p.m. while the half-mile kids fun run starts at 6:30 p.m.
This run benefits the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Runners were asked to bring non-perishable food items to help the pantry. The pantry helps more than 1,000 local families every month.
Eyewitness News talked to some runners who wanted to run to help those in need.
"I wanted to do something to help out the hungry and I needed to get the exercise in," runner Michelle Ojeda said. "I'm nervous but I'm determined, gotta do this!"
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