“Rock Out” for a Good Cause at Union Station Homeless Services’ 5k Run/Walk

“Rock Out” for a Good Cause at Union Station Homeless Services’ 5k Run/Walk

For Release: March 6, 2015

PASADENA, CA – Runners clad in rock star gear will be racing to end homelessness on Saturday, March 21. The 1st annual Rockin’ for the Homeless 5K Run/Walk, created in collaboration with Union Station’s Young Leaders Society, is the first of its kind for Union Station Homeless Services. The race begins at 8:15am.

Combining exercise with a rockin’ good time, this family friendly event encourages participants to dress in their favorite rock star costumes as they race the 5k course around Arcadia County Park.  The 1k Kiddie Dash offers young children a safe and fun course of their own. There will be race t-shirts for 5k participants and medals for all, as well as a costume contest for best “rock star.”

Food trucks, including Kona Ice, Pie and Burger, and Wafl Truck, await runners at the finish line.  The closing event will feature live music from Head Lite View.

The event was created by Union Station’s Young Leaders Society, a group of more than 75 young professionals between the ages of 21 and 39 years old who are dedicated to ending homelessness in our community.  The group organizes various fundraisers, volunteer opportunities, and young professional networking events throughout the year. This event is their largest effort to date! The 5k run/walk event is anticipated to host more than 150 runners and walkers, and raise more than $15,000 for the agency.

“We thought it would be nice to have an event that’s really family-friendly and promotes health and wellness,” remarks Grace Kim, President of the Young Leaders Society and a member of Union Station’s Board of Directors.  “It’s our first 5k run/walk and we’re really excited about it!”

Rockin’ for the Homeless 5k is sure to bring together people of all ages to run, walk, and “rock and roll” for a great cause.  All donations will support the ongoing efforts of Union Station Homeless Services, the San Gabriel Valley’s largest and most comprehensive nonprofit helping men, women, and children rebuild their lives and end homelessness.

Register today at https://unionstationhs.org/event/rockin5k.  Please note that the deadline to receive a 5k t-shirt is Sunday, March 8.  For sponsorship opportunities, call (626) 240-4550 ext. 116.


Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. Union Station Homeless Services is part of a premier group of human services agencies in Los Angeles County that are leading the way to ending homelessness in our community. We are the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. We believe every person deserves a life of dignity and a safe place to call home. With 41 years of experience, we proudly offer a full continuum of eight programs in seven locations; services include street outreach, intake/assessment, care coordination and navigation, meals, shelter, housing, employment development, benefits enrollment, and referrals to medical and mental health services.

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