When the organizers of a 5K pajamas-only charity race arrived in Druid Hill Park, they never dreamed that downed tree limbs would be blocking the running path and brisk winds would be no match for their flannel running garb.
“Somehow, by the time the race started, a contractor arrived with a saw and the winds let up a little,” said Kevin Cheung, the Ellicott City man who conceived the Run in Pajamas with his wife, Crystal.
Cheung, 29, a private energy consultant who works with nonprofits and other clients, said the aim was to raise funds and awareness for the Fuel Fund of Maryland. They picked a cold time of the year to make a point for this first-time event that was headquartered in a park picnic pavilion.
“My wife and I brainstormed about a serious subject. But we also wanted something fun. We thought about pajamas, not yoga pants,” he said as he sat on a picnic bench.
By the end of the day, the organizers’ supply of bottled water remained little used. The hot coffee, however, was gone. Throughout the afternoon the runners switched to dancing and listening to music in the picnic pavilion.
Many of the runners said they had never been to Druid Hill Park.
Davis Pfund, a University of Delaware student from Towson majoring in entrepreneurship and technology innovation, represented Zerodraft Maryland, an energy consulting business, and Metta Creative, an event organizer.
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“People do not realize that the inability to pay a fuel bill causes homelessness in renters,” she said. “It’s really staggering. and something that people who pay their fuel bills don’t think about. Being thrown out of a rental property breaks up families and scatters children. We want to keep families together.”