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Fifth annual fun run raises Habitat for Humanity funds
"SUQUAMISH-For Kevin Anderson, the Saturday morning fun run meant a first place ribbon. For Allie Torstenson, it was a step toward providing another family with the security she has known for the past three years. About 100 runners lined up at in downtown Suquamish and at the command were off on their journey. The Hot Feet for Humanity 5K Fun Run/Walk, benefiting Kitsap County Habitat for Humanity raised several hundred dollars that will aid families on their journey to home ownership. Torstenson, the run's assistant director, knows that journey well. Three years ago she moved into her three-bedroom Suquamish home with her two children. It's been a really enriching experience, she said about her involvement with Habitat for Humanity. She said her home has given her an anchor and sense of security. The first night I slept in the house with no furniture, she said. Habitat for Humanity is an non-profit organization that helps low-income families living in substandard housing build and purchase their home. More than 10 families in Kitsap County have been helped through this program. Tammy Traversi and her family plan to move into their brand new Bremerton Habitat for Humanity home by the end of the month. I think it's really great, she said of the fun run. 19-year-old Anderson, the first runner to cross the finish line did so in just more than 17 minutes. I liked it. It's one of the better courses around, he said. Field Ryan, Bremerton, took second place in the 60-69 age category. I ran it a couple of years ago. I wish they could leave the hills out, he said. "