LYNN (WBZNewsRadio) - The Lynn and Peabody group Running United has partnered with the YMCA of Metro North to raise awareness for the causes that keep them pounding the pavement.
It all started as a way to stay active and get outside during the Covid-19 lockdown, the group decided they wanted to do more for their communities, and transformed their runs into awareness campaigns.
Members of Running United now aim to run 100 miles a month each, to raise awareness for a given cause, which changes monthly.
April marks Autism Awareness Month, so the group of running their centennial routes to bring awareness to autism during the month.
Solice Reynoso, one of the original members of Running United said this month's awareness campaign is a personal one, as his nephew was diagnosed with autism.
"I try not to look at autism as a disability, I try to look at it as you know, as a special ability." Reynoso said.
The new partnership with the YMCA of Metro North will bring a new sponsorship to the group's races and in turn, the group will be doing promotions through social media to bring awareness to those races, some of which are hosted by the YMCA.
Running United said they are grateful for the partnership to help get their name and mission statement out there, with the goal of becoming an official nonprofit.
The first race the group will be collaborating on with the YMCA is a 5k on April 23 at Breakheart Reservation in Saugus.
WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports