Christmas in July 5K run benefits an organization that helps exploited teens

TODAY. LAUREN: IT WAS DEFINITELY CHRISTMAS IN JULY AT SEASIDE PARK THIS MORNING. RUNNERS DRESSED AS ELVES AND SANTA CLAUS BATTLE THE ROADWAY, ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE. THE JULY 5K CHRISTMAS WAS TO BENEFIT SAFE PASSAGE, A LOUISVILLE-BASED ORGANIZATION THAT WORKS WITH EXPLOITED AND TRAFFICKED TEENAGERS. >> WHEN WE TELL PEOPLE WE WORK WITH TREATED TEENS, IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE SHOCKING. WE BRING AWARENESS TO WHAT WE DO BY DOING SOMETHING FUN. LAUREN

Christmas 5k run in July benefits Louisville organization that helps exploited teens

Runners dressed as elves and even Santa Clauses pounded the pavement for a good cause. The July Christmas 5K was to benefit Safe Passage, a Louisville-based organization that works with exploited and trafficked teens. “When we tell people that we work with young victims of trafficking, can be a little overwhelming, a little paralyzing and so we create more awareness of what we are doing, doing something wacky and fun,” said said Cara Starns, founder of Safe Passage.After the race, participants enjoyed iced coffee and Christmas cookies.

Runners dressed as elves and even Santas took to the sidewalk for a good cause.

The July Christmas 5K was to benefit Safe Passage, a Louisville-based organization that works with exploited and trafficked teens.

“When we tell people that we work with trafficked young people, it can be a little overwhelming, a little paralyzing and so we create more awareness of what we are doing, doing something wacky and fun,” said Cara Starns, founder of Safe Passage.

After the race, participants enjoyed iced coffee and Christmas cookies.