CALUMET TOWNSHIP - On Dec. 15, 2011, Amy Roberts was struck by a car as she ran on Sharon Avenue in Houghton, resulting in serious injuries and months of rehabilitation, but she's walking again and will be present at the second of what organizers hope will be an annual fundraiser called Run Like the Finn.
Ann Hoover, who along with Dorothy Jamison and Sarah Niemela is an organizer of the benefit run, said although the first Run Like the Finn was intended to raise funds for Roberts' travel costs to get to treatment and for medical costs, this year money raised will go to the Copper Country Police and Fire Relief Fund, also known as the Pigs 'n Heat Fund.
Although she declined to give an actual amount, Hoover said the money raised last year by the run helped Roberts' family.
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Participants in the first Run Like the Finn event begin the run in Laurium Dec. 31, 2011. This year’s event is set for 9 a.m. Saturday. Funds raised this year will benefit the Copper Country Police and Fire Relief Fund, also known as the Pigs ‘n Heat Fund.
Roberts was involved with the decision to change the beneficiary of the money raised from the event.
"This year, she wants to give back," Hoover said. "The money this year is to help someone else out."
Registration for the run, which is a noncompetitive family event, will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Calumet Township Fire Hall on Mine Street in Calumet Township.The 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m. The route travels through the village of Calumet.
Pre-registration can be done online at active.com/5k-race/calumet-mi/run-like-the-finn-2012. For updates, go to facebook.com/RunLikeTheFinn.
There is a minimum $20 per-participant fee, Hoover said, but more will be accepted.
Despite her serious injuries and long recovery, Hoover said Roberts continues to improve.
"Amy is doing well," she said. "She's progressing every day and getting stronger and stronger."
Roberts is walking now, Hoover said, and she will be walking during the event Saturday.
"She's got great support around her," Hoover said. "It's amazing she's still with us."