Local group running to DC for homeless awareness

A local group of runners is about to take a long journey for a very special cause

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Lives change daily at the Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios in Virginia Beach. It’s where good health is shared, often times in an enjoyable group setting.

And it’s also the home base for an initiative that helps a sometimes overlooked group in our community.

“What population needs it the most more than the homeless,” said White.

White started the Lift Fitness Foundation in 2010 to help the homeless community build healthy fitness and nutritional habits.

In just three days, he will take it one step further by leading a group of 10 runners on a 220-mile trek, from their Great Neck location all the way to the White House in Washington D.C.

The annual run is called White House 2 White House.

“Think of the all the miles the homeless walk on a regular basis,” said White. “We’re going to be running through the middle of the night. It’s an amazing feat. It’s inspirational.”

That inspiration is something they’ve passed along in the three years they’ve completed the run.

The team raises money for homeless programs along the way. They even bring boxes full of essentials to hand out when they’re done.

“It brings it all together for these men and women who do the program,” said Lift Foundation board member Jenae Spencer.

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