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With the help of one barefoot runner, Lace Up for Kids raises over $2,500

Johnny Haught ran the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic barefoot and survived.

Johnny Haught ran the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic barefoot and survived.

With the help of Haught, Lace Up for Kids has raised over $2,500.

The program is a collaborative effort between WTOV9, the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley and Wendy's. Belmont Savings Bank is the sponsor.

The Lace Up for Kids program provides shoes for kids heading back to school.

Haught raised money through donations at this year's Wheeling half marathon by running the race barefoot.

"Johnny still has some donations coming in,” said United Way Executive Director Jessica Rine. “Right now, we're at $2,500, which is a lot more than anything we've received from private donors. So, we're really please he picked Lace Up for Kids."

"It's a great cause. I didn't realize the impact that it would have,” Haught said. “And like Jessica said, now we've raised more awareness about the program. Hopefully they get more and more money as time goes on."

Last year, the program provided around 1,000 pairs of shoes to area school children.

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