'Teddy Bear Trot' gathers cuddly critters to help trauma victims

Updated: February 16, 2020 06:22 PM
Created: February 16, 2020 05:41 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Kids facing brutal trauma will be getting some furry help thanks to some friendly Rochester area athletes.

That's because of the first annual Fleet Feet Teddy Bear Trot, which took place on Sunday. About 160 runners and walkers took on a three-mile course, but only after they paid their cost of admission: a teddy bear! 


If anyone didn't have a bear, they could get one by buying a pair of in-house brand sneakers.

Although the bears may be cuddly, they actually have a serious job: comforting children who've gone through domestic violence or other trauma.

"It's really special," Ellen Boutillier, an organizer of the event. "I was just talking to somebody who ran with us who works in the DA's office, and she even said this type of thing really helps out the children and it really helps out the police. She sees it a lot."

The bears collected will be headed to the Rochester Police Department. Fleet Feet did a similar Teddy Bear Trot on Saturday in Buffalo.

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