Running for Blue House
Despite overnight rains creating a soggy course, nearly 50 runners turned out for the fourth annual Blue House race at Pine Valley the morning of Sept. 5. Between race fees and donations, organizer Tim Krohn said they raised $1,300 for the Blue House orphanage in Uganda, Africa. The Blue House orphanage is home to 30 girls and was founded by Beatrice Gurabanda, a Ugandan woman who fled to Minnesota during the civil war and founded the orphanage after her return.
Krohn started the race after visiting the small orphanage on a trip to Uganda.
"It's an easy way for us common people to contribute to the greater good of humanity," Krohn said. "It's something people here can do to help other people, plus it's good for you too."
Runners could choose between a 5.5K race or an 11K race at the annual Labor Day event.
“The conditions were wet but the temperatures were nice so it was very enjoyable weather for runners,” Krohn said. He added that next year’s race will feature a “Lost Forester” race option, and promised more details next summer.