The HoBOOken 5K Halloween Run to End Homelessness is The Hoboken Shelter’s biggest fundraising event of the year!
Each year race participants fundraise helping to make is possible for the Hoboken Shelter to shelter 50 people nightly, serve 530 meals daily, and offer 1,000 showers weekly for those in need.
We want you to find out more about these great people! We had a coffee with Erin Bart who raised more than $1,000 at the 2017 HoBOOken 5K to find out more.
Why did you decide to run the HoBOOken 5K last year?
I’ve run the HoBOOken 5k for the last three years. It’s the first 5k I ever ran and became a sort of tradition. I love Halloween and coming up with costume ideas so it’s a good race for me, someone who hardly ever runs long distances.
What was your favorite thing about the race?
Running with my friends, dressing up and coming up with costume themed playlists.
Tell us about your race…
The first time I ran I told myself I just wanted to run the whole thing and not stop no matter how slow I went. I was a bumble bee and there were a lot of bumble bees running so I played a beat all the bees game with my friend, whenever we saw one we had to pass it. Actually got a decent time.
Tell us about your costume…
Last year I was a mermaid. The wig was difficult…lots of bobby pins. I had these leg tutu things that I scrunched down and pinned to represent the fin. Since they were made out of tutu material they were pretty good at picking up leaves and sticks. I was basically dragging most of a tree behind me by the time I finished.
You raised a lot of money for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter at last years’ race, what are your tips for our fundraisers this year?
It’s a good cause and easy to rally people behind. The fact that I was going to run for any length of time had my friends/family intrigued so I believe it helped them see it was important to me. Show them why it matters, appeal to the people in your neighborhood because it affects them too and don’t be afraid to ask a couple times. People are busy, they forget.
Are you running again this year?
I’m not sure yet. I have a knee injury so I’m not supposed to run but I might jog. Gotta talk to the doc. If I don’t run I’ll make sure to volunteer and cheer people on!