Harbin Hero Challenge Finalists Announced

The nominations have been counted and five local charities rose above the rest in the 2018 Harbin Hero Challenge. The five finalists in the contest are: 

All five charities receive a $500 donation from Harbin Clinic and will now compete for an additional $1,000.

The charity winning the $1,000 donation is determined by points tallied from runners and walkers registering for the Harbin Hero Hustle, as well as points accumulated from costume contest winners.

People signing up to participate in the 5K run or two-mile health walk can select one of the five charities to support.

Early registrations earn two points for designated charities, while race-day registrations earn one point for selected charities.

The final chance for charities to earn points comes in the costume contest. There will be three categories this year:

·       Best junior hero or villain (age 10 and under)

·       Best hero or villain

·       Best dynamic duo or group

Contest winners earn an additional 10 points for their chosen charity.

After the race, the charity, which receives the most points from registrations and the costume contest, gets crowned as the 2018 Hero Challenge winner. There will also be a second prize of $750 given to one of the four runner-up charities via a random drawing based on the number of online race and walk registrations.

The Rome YMCA won the Hero Challenge in both 2016 and 2017.

Registration for the Harbin Hero Hustle opens on Wednesday, Aug. 1.