Eau Claire (WQOW) - RCU hosted its 21st Annual Charity Classic Saturday.
Race directors said participant numbers were down a little this year, but they still had more than 700 people ready to run. The event raised $16K for Eau Claire's Boys and Girls Club last year.
This year, RCU promised to donate $25K to Beaver Creek Reserve whether they raised the funds Saturday or not.
"Seeing the people come out for a common cause, they're out getting exercise, they're out with their families, they bring their kids to the races, anytime you can bring the community together for a great cause, it's just a win-win," RCU Charity Classic CO-Race Director Vicki Hoehn said.
The money will help update Beaver Creek's Discovery Center that has turtles, snakes, and taxidermy animals.
"Beaver Creek Reserve and a lot of the other local nonprofits have been successful because of the community coming together to help us out," Beaver Creed Reserve Executive Director Erik Keisler said. "Connecting people with nature is our mission, and this is a great way for us to partner, get people outside and active, and do a great thing for the community."
Beaver Creek will also benefit from RCU's Charity Classic in 20-16, where RCU promised to donated another $25K.