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Amador High Cross Country Team Runs To Raise Money For Homeless Children

  

A northern California high school cross country team hopes to run 200 miles in 24 hours on Saturday to raise money for homeless children.

Jesse Shaw coaches the Amador High team and says he got the idea to host a relay run after a visit to the Amador Emergency Homeless Shelter.

"A lady came in night before last with four kids, didn't have a place to stay, needed stuff and it kind of made it real to me," says Shaw. "I think of the kids that I coach and what they mean to me. It just seemed like an awful thing to, you know, the kids, it's no fault of theirs that they're homeless. It's pretty heart-wrenching."

Ten runners on the team have already pledged a dollar per mile for the Amador Homeless Student Fund, and have been soliciting donations from the community.

The non-profit agency, Amador Tuolomne Community Action Agency, that runs the shelter says it will use the money for books, bus passes, sporting equipment, immunizations, case management and support services.

The shelter says it has housed nearly 60 homeless children in the past year.

The runners must average a 7:12 mile to meet the 200-mile goal.

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