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Gabriel’s Horn X-treme Trail Run

2014-05-07T00:00:00Z Gabriel’s Horn X-treme Trail RunRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent
May 07, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Many people go without food and shelter all over this world every day; thank God we have a place where people can let their old worlds die and start a anew.

Gabriel’s Horn is a shelter providing safe, secure and temporary shelter and basic necessities of life for homeless women and mothers with children. At the shelter they give the homeless an opportunity to complete their education, referrals to other agencies that help and a stable, structured living environment. Gabriel’s Horn found themselves the only homeless shelter in Porter County and they persevered through it all.

Gabriel’s Horn’s board was formed in 2003 and in less than a year, they maintained two buildings which housed people in one and stored furniture and other items for their clients once they get out on their own in the other. Just a few years after that they were able to acquire three more rental properties to help their progress in aiding our homeless. Their mission also includes empowering women to become self-sufficient by collaboration with the community and giving them the tools such as education and counseling. They have become more than a bed in our community. They are now instrumental in getting these women educated with job skills and learning how to cook healthy meals at home for their families.

Their contacts and networking throughout the community have continued to grow for the good of the organization and the community under the leadership of Executive Director Mignon Kennedy. Gabriel’s Horn has been a great blessing in Portage Township and the whole of Porter County. Many lives have been blessed and continue to go forward with the help they receive from Gabriel’s Horn.

While Gabriel’s Horn does benefit from community organizations and foundations, they also have their own fundraisers to produce funds for the shelter. This Memorial Day will mark one of the shelter’s largest fundraisers. If you’re looking for an extremely good run look no further. It’s time to register for the Memorial Day X-treme Trail Run12K. This year's run will be on Monday, May 26th at Imagination Glen Park, Outback Trail, east side off of Route 149. Same day registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The course is a run unlike any others in the greater Chicagoland area. It is an extremely rugged 12K trail course traversing hills, log jumps, creek crossings, mud and switchbacks over single track mountain bike trails. Runners will get muddy and wet. There is a Kids Mile Course that is 2 lap easier version over rolling course. Kids race starts at 8:15 a.m.

The cost is $25 for pre-registered before May 13, $30 after then and on race day. Kids are $15 before May 13 and $20 after and on race day. You can register online at and get $5 off the price at least a week before the race.

This event is a XYZ Trail Series Race. There are technical T-shirts for all pre-registered runners and until they run out on race day. Runner’s Art awards will be given for several categories. All proceeds for the race will be given to Gabriel’s Horn Homeless Shelter and the Outback Trail Commission.

Come on out and enjoy the x-treme things in life!

Lastly, this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Please remember to celebrate your mother this weekend in some way. You wouldn’t be here without her. Happy Mother’s Day ladies!

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