Fort McMurray wildfire: ‘5 for the Fort’ run raises $8,100 for evacuees

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Hundreds of Albertans laced up their shoes for a five kilometre walk and run in Edmonton Tuesday night to raise money for displaced Fort McMurray residents.

About 500 people gathered in Kinsmen Park for the 7 p.m. “5 for the Fort” run through the river valley, which was led by five Global Edmonton anchors: Nancy Carlson, Kent Morrison, Quinn Ohler, Su-Ling Goh and Margeaux Morin. (Scroll down for social media posts from the event.)

The route took runners across the Dudley B. Menzies LRT bridge, west down River Valley Road, back across the river at Groat Road, and back east through Emily Murphy Park.

Each runner donated a minimum of $5. Over $8,100 was raised for the Red Cross.

Watch Below: Sights and sounds from ‘5 for the Fort’ fundraiser run

As of Tuesday evening the Canadian Red Cross had already collected $60 million from individuals and corporations, eclipsing public support for past national disasters such as the 2013 southern Alberta floods, Lac Megantic rail disaster and 2011 Slave Lake wildfire.

READ MORE: Fort McMurray wildfire: Red Cross has raised $60 million and counting

The Red Cross total doesn’t include additional money coming from Ottawa and the Alberta government, which have both promised to match donations.

On Wednesday both the Red Cross and the Alberta government will announce detailed plans to get emergency funds to people in need.

The province has promised adult evacuees will each get $1,250, and dependents will get $500. The money will likely come on pre-loaded debit cards, and further details are coming Wednesday.

In order to allow for immediate distribution to people who are most urgently in need of this assistance, the province asked evacuees who aren’t in dire need of the funds to not claim them right away.

BELOW: Tweets and Instagram posts from Global’s #5forthefort run.

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This.Is.Awesome! Over $8100 raised for the #RedCross @GlobalEdmonton #5fortheFort THANK YOU to EVERYONE who came out in support! #OurYEG #ymmfire #abfires #GlobalNews #ymm

A post shared by Global Edmonton (@globaledmonton) on May 10, 2016 at 8:40pm PDT

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Edmonton takeover #5forthefort #ymm #globaledmonton #run #yeg #funrun #takeover #albertastrong

A post shared by Eric Morrison (@ehmorrison) on May 10, 2016 at 7:34pm PDT

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@mental_rescue out to support @globaledmonton #5forthefort. We had such a great time helping to raise over $8,000 for @redcrosscanada #weargreen #ymm

A post shared by The Mental Rescue Society (@mental_rescue) on May 10, 2016 at 10:27pm PDT

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Great evening & even better reason to run! #5forthefort Thanks @globaledmonton for organizing a great event!

A post shared by Jen (@jen.ference) on May 10, 2016 at 8:55pm PDT

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The girls are ready for our 5K!! #walk #run #ymm #race #notreally #fundraiser #redcross #fortmac #fortmcmurray #5forthefort #pink #shoes #shoeberry #yegfashion #globaltv #globaledmonton #yeg #myhyefashion #dogsofinstagram #beagle #dog #albertastrong

A post shared by Hye Fashion (@hyefashionstore) on May 10, 2016 at 7:47pm PDT

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#5forthefort with bestie and bae #albertastrong

A post shared by robyn hammond (@robyn.hammond) on May 10, 2016 at 6:52pm PDT

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I pretended to be a runner tonight because the cause called for it #5forthefort #wedidit!! #ymm

A post shared by Jessica Allen (@jikent) on May 10, 2016 at 8:14pm PDT

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had a great time running with these guys 😋 #5fortheFort

A post shared by Courtney ♡ (@courtney_fawcett) on May 10, 2016 at 10:27pm PDT

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