LEXINGTON, Ky. –Retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath and a team of runners from across Kentucky participated in a virtual half marathon in May to raise money for God’s Pantry Food Bank and the Team Kentucky Fund. Ky Shines has donated $25,000 to the two charities and plans to send more as the race comes to a close.
McGrath, who is running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, created a team to run in the virtual half marathon to raise money for the charities and encourage folks to stay active during the coronavirus outbreak, while social distancing. The deadline for runners to complete their 13.1 miles is Saturday, May 2.
“We were excited to participate in this fundraiser with nearly 200 other teams and proud to have the third largest team in the ‘race,’” said McGrath, who completed her 13.1 miles this week. “I want to thank Bob Baney and his team for spearheading this effort and all the runners who joined together to put others first in this time of need.”
McGrath’s team, “Amy’s Running for Kentucky,” had 48 runners, the third largest behind “Next Graph Kenneth,” which had 92 runners, and “Orangetheory Fitness,” which had 78 runners.
McGrath’s team included runners from Crittenden, Fort Mitchell, Georgetown, Glasgow, Lexington, Morehead and Nicholasville, along with runners from Colorado, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Texas.
In the latest episode of her podcast, McGrath talks with Baney and a runner on McGrath’s team from Northern Kentucky about the origins of the virtual marathon and the need to help others during the current public health crisis.
McGrath recently launched an online platform, Commonwealth, Common Health, to pair volunteers and her staff with Kentuckians who need assistance accessing food and household items. The portal is also raising funds for Kentucky food banks.
The food bank relief fund has raised more than $50,000, and has funded food banks in Boyd, Calloway, Campbell, Hardin, Henderson, Fayette, Jefferson, Lee, Pike and Warren counties. To sign up or donate, please visit amymcgrath.com/commonhealth.