Habitat Fundraiser Attracts More Than 800

On a glorious Saturday morning in April, more than 800 runners didn’t just RUN The D.O.G.

They laced up their sneakers for a good cause. Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg received the dollars raised from a portion of all registrations, sponsorships, individual donations and teams who initiated fundraising efforts for the 13th annual 5K held on April 13.

The event brings people together to build homes, communities and hope — the mission of the local Habitat affiliate. Money raised cycles right back into the community. It costs $125,000 to build a Habitat house that is sold to a local family that qualifies through the Habitat Homebuyer Program.

Qualifying families with low to moderate incomes who have excellent credit and steady employment purchase a home with a zero-interest equivalent mortgage and payments are then recycled to build more Habitat homes.

The runners started on Prince George Street before racing past the Governor’s Palace and Colonial Capitol building. The finish line is on Duke of Gloucester Street — hence the D.O.G. reference.

Congratulations to the overall winners — Chesapeake’s Roger Hopper won the men’s division in 15 minutes, 14 seconds, and Ann Mazur, a 2020 Olympic Trials marathoner, won the women’s division in 17:12.


Want to invest in the community?


We help as many families as we can, but the lack of decent and affordable housing remains a critical problem in our area. By donating, you will provide upfront funding for building materials and services that makes interest-free loans to Habitat partner families possible. Habitat partner families help to build their own homes - alongside volunteers - and pay an affordable mortgage. Your monetary donations enable us to continue building strength, stability and independence for future local families.