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Participants in the inaugural WhiteHouse2WhiteHouse Run in 2015, a 200-mile relay from Virginia Beach to the nation's capital to raise awareness of homelessness. (Photo courtesy Jim White Fitness Foundation)
Participants in the inaugural White House 2 White House fundraiser in 2015, a 200-mile relay from Virginia Beach to the nation’s capital to raise awareness of homelessness that is set to begin this year on Nov. 13. (Photo courtesy Jim White Fitness Foundation)

The Jim White Fitness Foundation is hoping the lure of a beautiful sunrise and the opportunity to help the homeless in the Hampton Roads area will draw more than 100 participants to the second-annual “White House 2 White House” fundraising run on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Participants will meet at 5 a.m. at the Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios’ Great Neck location, 2861 Lynnhaven Dr. in Virginia Beach.

At about 6 a.m., most participants will depart for a 1.5-mile walk/run. But 12 designated runners will set out on the full relay, more than 200 miles in all, with the goal of arriving the afternoon of Nov. 14 at the Central Union Mission men’s shelter in Washington D.C. There they will celebrate with shelter residents and members of Back on My Feet, a national organization combatting homelessness through running, before continuing on to the White House.

The relay runners will be backed by a motorcade as they try to raise awareness of the nationwide homelessness crisis and to support the JWF Foundation’s ongoing local “Lifting Spirits, Improving Bodies, Feeding Souls and Transforming Lives” program.

The fundraising event coincides with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 12-20. Last year’s inaugural “White House 2 White House” run raised $23,000, and organizers hope to raise at least $25,000 this year.

Organizations, schools and individuals are encouraged to support the event by participating, by sponsoring runners or by collecting care-package items for homeless shelters.

Donations can by made online at

For more information call 757-422-4728, visit or email

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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.