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CanadaShirtless runners brave Calgary's extreme cold to raise money for homeless

07:55  04 february  2019
07:55  04 february  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

After winter storm hits Toronto, an extreme cold warning looms

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A sold out crowd of 1,500 people chose to run or walk in single digits temperatures for a good causes.

Calgarians are running shirtless through cold winter weather to increase empathy and raise money to help the city's homeless . But there’s a method to the madness. The runners will be raising money to help the homeless at Calgary ’ s Inn From The Cold shelter.

Shirtless runners brave Calgary's extreme cold to raise money for homeless © Anis Heydari/CBC Shirtless runners braved an extreme cold warning in Calgary on Sunday to raise money for Inn from the Cold.

Temperatures hovering around -30 C, with an extreme cold warning and a wind chill that feels more like -45 C, convinced most Calgarians to hibernate indoors on Sunday.

But a group of 23 plucky (or, depending on who you ask, crazy) runners braved the outdoors in just their shorts for a 5K charity race.

The runners raised more than $30,000 for Inn from the Cold, which provides emergency shelter for people in need.

"Physically, I'm doing it because I like the challenge," said Nathaniel Ernst, the run's organizer.

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Calgarians are running shirtless through cold winter weather to increase empathy and raise money to help the city's homeless . But there’s a method to the madness. The runners will be raising money to help the homeless at Calgary ’ s Inn From Extreme cold warnings for much of Canada.

About one dozen students woke up to chilly weather after sleeping outside to highlight the city’ s homeless issue and the need for people to have a safe

"The homeless don't have a choice whether it's going to be cold outside or not … We committed to running for the cause, so we were going to run no matter what the weather was."

Gear was limited to just tuques, gloves, shorts, socks and shoes.

"It's pretty crazy, but I'm super impressed with their passion," said Kara Layher with Inn from the Cold.

Runners were outside for about 35 minutes. According to an Environment Canada weather warning, frostbite can develop in minutes on exposed skin when temperatures dip below -20 C, but Ernst said the group took safety precautions.

Ernst's parents turned out to cheer their son on — but they bundled up in parkas for the occasion.

Edmonton bus driver applauded for helping homeless man in freezing cold.
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