The Miracle on Kansas Avenue Rescue Run was founded in 2006 with three distinct purposes: to serve as an annual fundraiser for and increase community awareness of the Topeka Rescue Mission, to promote community spirit by highlighting the beauty found in downtown Topeka, and to kickoff the holiday season by educating the community concerning the needs of the homeless and impoverished people among us.
The Topeka Rescue Mission is a homeless shelter which has served Topeka, Kansas for more than 60 years and has never received any governmental funding. TRM is dedicated to providing food, shelter, clothing, training and hope to homeless and impoverished men, women and children. In 2014, TRM sheltered 2,031 different people, provided 531,153 meals, distributed clothing to 4,140 individuals, and served Christmas gifts and food baskets to 5,664 people. In 2014, 79.6% of the total TRM income was received from individuals.
The Topeka Rescue Mission is currently involved in a major fundraising drive in order to fund the Hope for Tomorrow Expansion Campaign. Although they're nearly halfway to reaching the $13,000,000 needed to complete the entire expansion, construction has begun on the new Childrens Palace dedicated to serving Pre-Kindergarten children.
As we prepare for our 10th Annual Rescue Run in 2015, we have special plans for everyone who has completed all nine Rescue Run’s starting in 2006. If that’s you, please contact the Race Director, Tony Estes at your convenience.
FREE PHOTOS will be available at the Rescue Run again this year! Visit http://runandshootphoto.smugmug.com/Rescue-Run-5K-2014 to find yourself and your friends, and download your free pictures from the 2014 Rescue Run!
Since you’ll be leading the parade, you’ll receive glow items in your packet and you’re encouraged to wear numerous lights and holiday costumes. Bring more of your own lights and “light up the night!” The “Brightest Light” male and female chosen by popular vote at the awards ceremony will receive a special award. So, show up, dress up, and let everyone see your holiday spirit!
Do you want to run or walk the Rescue Run but will be unable to join us on race day? Let us know in advance so we can make arrangements to get your packet to you and you can do the "Virtual Rescue Run" wherever you are! Send us your picture and race info and you'll be entered to win our "Longest Distance Award!"