Marathon Runner Sets $5K Goal for Rescue Mission

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – With the Boston Marathon three months away, runner Rick Blair of Boardman is training for the race and seeking to raise $5,000 for the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley.

“It’s an honor, a privilege, and a blessing to get to run the 2016 Boston Marathon through the John Hancock Boston Marathon Invitational Program,” Blair said. His goal is to raise $5,000 for the mission, a target he is halfway to reaching.

“The entire Blair family gives so much to the mission,” said Lynn Wyant, the Rescue Mission’s director of development. “They volunteer and pour themselves into our ministry. Rick is a gifted musician and he often provides music for our chapel services on Sundays and holidays. Rick, his wife and children are just amazing.”

“The mission is more than just a homeless shelter,” Blair said. “They stand ready to enable, encourage and equip with food, shelter, safety, and most importantly, a new way to a better tomorrow. These are my neighbors. I’m hoping people will help me to help them.”

Donations can be made at Blair’s CrowdRise website or can be mailed directly to the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley at P.O. Box 430 Youngstown, Ohio 44501. To direct donations to Blair’s campaign, put “Rick Blair” on the memo line.

Pictured: Rick Blair is training for the Boston Marathon.

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