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Fleet Feet Fort Wayne Holds Run/Walk in Support of Ukrainian Refugees

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – To help support Ukrainians, members of the community came to Fleet Feet Fort Wayne’s Run for Ukraine event on Saturday night.

It was a 4.4 run/walk for the 44 million people in Ukraine affected by this crisis. About 20 people came to run and most donated money to help Ukrainians get the resources they need.

“Yeah I was excited to be here, woke up early this morning.”

Oliver Freipurger, 12, one of many who ran or walked 4.4 miles as part of an event hosted by Fleet Feet Fort Wayne. Freipuger says he competes in track and field and cross country.

“I wanted to help support Ukraine and I knew I wanted to give money and I really like racing,” Freipurger said.

Fort Wayne’s NBC News spoke with Colleen Marshall and Christy Gripp who also ran Saturday morning.

“I wish I could do more. I know I like volunteering in different ways and it’s a very small way to volunteer. As a nurse, I wish I could help the people there who need medical attention, but I will do what I can here in the United States,” Marshall said.

Kevin Croy, owner of Fleet Feet Fort Wayne says their mission is to reach people in the community, whether here or across the world.

“Part of Fleet Feet’s mantra is that running changes everything and we believe that running has an effect on the community and helps in so many ways. I know a lot of athletes and runners have good hearts and they want to reach out and help in any way they can,” Croy said.

He told NBC News from Fort Wayne that they raised more than $2,1000 from their event. He says most of that money will go to the World Central Kitchen which helps feed Ukrainian refugees.

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