Get Gored for Good: A Bloody Good Time
Get Gored For Good is an annual spring charity fundraiser for Amos House held this year on the morning of Sunday, April 30, and modeled on the famed Running of the Bulls. Teams of runners compete for weeks to raise donations, culminating in a day of just-for-fun racing around the streets of Providence on a set course downtown through gauntlets of “roller bulls” – skaters from Providence Roller Derby sporting horned helmets while chasing with wet red-paint towels – followed by an afternoon party in Burnside Park next to Kennedy Plaza.
This family-friendly, pet-friendly, wheelchair-friendly event is for all ages. Runners can enter as single participants or as part of a team. The run offers an optional inflatable obstacle course and a “siesta circle” to take a break. For the more athletically competitive, the fun run is only the end of a chip-timed 5K race. The after party at the park has food, drinks, activities, live music, and face-painting. Adults can enjoy Narragansett Beer while watching others attempting to conquer a mechanical bull.
For over 40 years, Amos House has battled hunger and homelessness. “[These] are not topics that are light-hearted and for many can be overwhelming,” said Jessica Salter, director of development. Fighting addiction and reducing recidivism, Amos House provides trade job training and adult literacy programs. GGfG adds to a much needed revenue stream for many vital programs, especially in times of priority and government changes, and is already over $100,000 toward its goal of $130,000. “The funds created by this quirky event can be life-changing for our neighbors in need,” said Salter.
Register yourself, your family or join a team at GetGoredForGood.org. The web site allows contributing without participating as well as sponsoring runners and teams. Local businesses can explore sponsorship opportunities at the web site.
“GGfG is successful because so many entities come together to make it happen,” said Salter. “From our amazing partnership with the Providence Roller Derby, to our supportive corporate sponsors, to the hundreds of individuals who come out to take part in the fun – this event is successful thanks to the community that supports it.”