By: Christi Burgess Haswell
Back in January, pre-COVID-19 and the crazy world we live in now, I signed up for the Moab 240. It’s a 240 mile solo foot race that starts and ends in Moab. On October 9th, I’ll be toeing the starting line. My perspective on the world is much different now that it was 7 months ago and I want to do more to support our amazing community. I’ve decided to use this opportunity to support a local non-profit that is so invaluable, The Hub on Smith Street.
I am running for the Hub because they are a critical component of serving the significant senior population in Sheridan County. Our Seniors are increasingly facing social isolation, food insecurity, and great mental and physical health challenges and are one of the most at-risk groups of people who could be adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hub provides daily meals, activities, social and supportive services both in the facility and in people’s homes. And the need to support our senior population will only continue to grow. According to the US Census Bureau, between 2018 and 2019 Wyoming’s population aged the fastest in the U.S. with Sheridan County seeing a 43% percent median age increase. And Sheridan County’s median age is now 4 years higher than Wyoming’s median age.
All funds raised will go to the Hub for programs such as the vastly expanded Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels is at 400 meals, up from 150!), Help At Home which provides connections for people in their homes, and the community Loan Closet which provides critical durable medical equipment and is available to anyone in the community. I know my husband greatly appreciated the shower chair after his knee surgery! Please see more about The Hub here: The Hub on Smith
You can read more about my race here: Moab 240
If you get bored you can track me live between 7am, October 9th and 11pm, October 13th. If the Moab 240 race is cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I will be running a virtual race, TBD. I’m just focusing on the logistics of this race first!
You can support Christi and the Hub by donating online here: Moab 240 Run for the Hub