KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It's week two of training for Lori Tucker and the Ready to Run group as they get ready for Volunteer Ministry Center's 5K Run and Fun Walk.
Trainer Levi Dodd is amping up training, calling it "summer school," and condensing what would be a longer training period into just seven weeks.
Runners meet once a week for training with Dodd, and they train on their own twice a week with a special running program he has provided.
"It's all set up so that it gets your heart rate to spike and lets your heart rate come back down, and it's just training your heart rate to recover quicker so that the runs get easier," Dodd explained.
This week, the group is jogging three minutes, walking 90 seconds, jogging five minutes, walking two minutes, jogging three minutes, walking 90 seconds and ending with a five-minute jog.
Running isn't easy for the beginners in the group, but everyone says it's worth it due to the reason they're running.
Proceeds from the race will, in part, go to Volunteer Ministry Center's Bush Family Refuge. In July alone, 415 people came in for help. Of those, 230 received help with paying their utility bills.
It's part of VMC's ongoing effort to prevent homelessness as well as end it.
Emily Kilcollins is getting help. She is a single mom of two boys. She was laid off from her job, and needed help paying her KUB bill. "They had actually given me a date that they were going to cut off," she said.
Kilcollins heard about VMC's program to help those struggling with utilities and rent. VMC has to be picky about who it can help, and is depending on the 5K race to bring in more funds.
"Our budget is limited, too," said Lynn Hutton, of VMC. "We have guidelines about how much we can help and how much your bill needs to be."
VMC is helping with a portion of Kilcollins' bill, which buys her another month to find a job and get back on her feet.