Montgomery County, TX, March 10, 2022 – Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) held its inaugural Outrun Hunger fun run presented by Suddenlink, the local provider of internet, TV, home and mobile phone service, on February 26, 2022 at Grand Central Park in Conroe, Texas. The event exceeded the Food Bank’s goals by raising a total of $74,555 which will help provide thousands of nutritious meals for hungry children, families and seniors throughout Montgomery County.
Runners pose at the finish line with their Mardi Gras-themed medals
Outrun Hunger featured timed 5K and 10K trail runs and a 1K Second Line Parade led by New Orleans band - Hustlers Brass Band. Not even the rain and arctic temperatures could stop volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and over 200 participants from supporting the Food Bank and successfully ‘outrunning hunger’.
From left: Kristine Marlow (President and CEO of MCFB), Kathy Pepper (MCFB Board Member and Development Committee Chair), and George Waggoner (Vice Chairman of MCFB’s Board of Directors) pose for a photo under the pavilion
The fun continued beyond the finish line, where runners and walkers enjoyed delicious Cajun food trucks, carnival and lawn games, Cajun and Zydeco music, dancing, face painting, a balloon artist, and more. Outrun Hunger participants were also given the opportunity to fundraise on behalf of MCFB leading up to the event. The top team fundraiser aka ‘Top Krewe’ was Deacon Baldy’s, a local bar and food truck establishment. Their team raised almost $3,000 to benefit the Food Bank and the many people it serves. Top event sponsors included Suddenlink, Amazon, Kroger, H-E-B, Insperity, Southwestern Energy, Grand Central Park, and Run for Kristi.
Hustlers Brass Band plays traditional New Orleans Second Line music
“The success of this year’s event wouldn’t have been possible without our runners, volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and especially Suddenlink for their generous support of this event,” said Kristine Marlow, President and CEO of Montgomery County Food Bank. “It was truly humbling to witness so many community members brave the rain and freezing weather in support of our vision of a community where everyone has access to sufficient, nutritious food.”
Curt Allison, Market Engagement Manager for Suddenlink, kicks off awards ceremony.
“Suddenlink is proud to support for the Montgomery County Food Bank and local community by sponsoring the inaugural Outrun Hunger fun run,” said Curt Allison, Market Engagement Manager for Suddenlink. “At Suddenlink, we’re committed to keeping our customers and communities connected to the resources they need, and we’re always thrilled to support organizations like the Montgomery County Food Bank that have a similar mission.”
Volunteers enjoy the 1K Second Line Parade and dance party
ABOUT MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOOD BANK
Montgomery County Food Bank is a nonprofit, hunger relief organization dedicated to uniting the community to fight hunger. Montgomery County Food Bank provides meals to families, seniors and children who lack access to wholesome nourishing food through a network of 70+ partner agencies, local school districts and community partners. Through partnerships with local retailers and wholesalers, Montgomery County Food Bank receives and purposefully distributes donated and surplus food. True to its mission, Montgomery County Food Bank works alongside volunteers, corporate and community partners, and nonprofit agencies to build a community where everyone has access to sufficient, nutritious food.
Montgomery County Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, partner of Houston Food Bank, member of Feeding Texas and distribution partner of Feeding America.
Suddenlink is a brand of Altice USA, a broadband communications and video services provider which delivers broadband, video, mobile, proprietary content and advertising services across 21 states, including to more than 1.5 million homes and businesses across 268 communities in the state of Texas.