Red Kettle Run supports after school programs

By WEEK Producer

October 27, 2012 Updated Oct 29, 2012 at 9:54 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Despite the cold temperatures, some hearty souls turned out early Saturday morning to participate in a 2-mile run that supports a good cause.

The inaugural Salvation Army Red Kettle Run drew almost 50 runners and walkers.

For $25, participants got a t-shirt, some after-race snacks and a chance to compete for awards for a top 3 finish in their age group.

The local Salvation Army was hoping to raise about a thousand dollars from the first-year race to use toward its after school programs.

"We do an after school program here every single day," said Major Donna Miller, pastor of the Salvation Army Corps Community Center in Peoria. "We also, in January, are starting an after school tutoring program on top of our evening gym program. We have programming all day for all different age groups."

The Red Kettle Run started at 8 a.m. at the Salvation Army's Community Center on Nebraska Avenue and wound through a local neighborhood.