EUGENE, Ore. -- The 32nd annual Truffle Shuffle had people of all ages running through Alton Baker Park Sunday, with more than just chocolate delicacies in mind.
The 2 or 4 mile run/walk helps support of Big Brothers, Big Sisters program of Lane County, a volunteer-based group that helps mentor children.
As classroom sizes get smaller and parents get busier with work, kids receive less one-on-one attention.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters volunteers like Sarah Lott told KVAL that the organization steps in to fill that need.
“Parents have a really hard job, they have to not only support their youth financially and emotionally and all other aspects and working multiple jobs and you know sometimes its hard to be the fun person at the end of the day,” said Lott.
Lott said that their youth development programs help kids find their passions in life.
It wasn't only the joy of helping that had the thousands that showed up for the event having a great time. Contestants donned creative costumes, some even modeled after the delicious Euphoria Chocolate Co. truffles that runners got after crossing the finish line.
KVAL's very own Al Peterson emceed the Truffle Shuffle and offered words of encouragement to the runners.