Category Archives: Charity Event 5K Runs

Whether it is a small local organization like the Boys and Girls Club or something national like Team Hope, charity runs are a great way to give back and get your exercise in.

5K in Portsmouth To Support Children’s Museum Virginia

The Bunny Hop 5K & 1 Mile Family Fun Run is coming up this Saturday, March 25, 2017. The event will take place in Portsmouth, Va., with registration opening at 7 a.m. at the Portsmouth Pavilion.

This will be the 3rd year for the Bunny Hop event, with proceeds going towards the Children’s Museum of Virginia. Most of the earnings go towards maintaining the museum’s exhibits. Stephen Corving, the unofficial race director, and one of five board members that volunteer for the event said “we encourage kids to play with the exhibits, so you can imagine the work to maintain them.”

The family fun run begins at 8 a.m., and the 5K begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by fun activities for the children including face painting and balloon animals. Food will be provided by Chick-fil-a, and beer will be available for adults. The events will begin wrapping up at 11 a.m.

Stephen says to save your race bib to get free admission into the museum. The admission is good to be used one time between race day and April 15.

To sign up for the event, click here.

For directions to the Pavilion, click here.

4th Annual Race for Every Child-Thousands Raise Money for Children’s National

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WASHINGTON DC- People gathered at Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue this past rainy Saturday, for the 4th Annual Race for Every Child 5K. Over 3,000 people participated in the race, resulting in over 1.2 million dollars being raised for Children’s National to provide much needed health care to children.

The percentage of children with insurance is increasing, but there is still a percentage of each state’s population that does not receive coverage. That is why Children’s National Health System continues on their mission; to help children grow up stronger.

“This event really speaks to what we love about Children’s,” said Campbell Smith, along with his wife Grace are the co-chairs for the race this year. Grace and Campbell have a son who was born with a heart defect, and because of Children’s National Health System, he was able to receive treatment.

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Dr. Bear at the finish line, waiting for participants to finish at the 4th Annual Race for Every Child 5K event in Washington D.C.

Members from neighboring communities came to the event to show their support for the cause. The first place winner was Sean Laffey from Arlington, VA. Second place went to Scott Anderson of D.C.; whose son came to give him a hug after he finished.

It was an all morning event, with a kid’s dash, and inflated jump houses and obstacle courses for children. Despite the downpours, people enjoyed supporting the cause.

To make a donation to Children’s National, visit their website.

Augusta Boys and Girls Club Super Hero 5K in Capitol Park


Everyone has different reasons for signing up to run a 5K race.  For George Sprigg, from Bath, Maine, it is to beat his best time from over twenty years ago.

“I’m training to beat my personal best record when I was 20, just getting out of the Marine Corps, and I’m now 41.” George’s best time was 17:58. He was unable to beat that time at this race.

The 5K George participated in was for the Augusta Boys and Girls Club in Capitol Park this past weekend on September 10, 2016. People gathered in the Capitol of Maine to run the 3.12-mile race to help raise money to support the Boys and Girls  Club’s mission, which is to provide a safe place for teens in the area to learn and grow.

This was the 3rd annual Super Run for the Augusta Boys and Girls Club, where you are encouraged to dress up as your favorite superhero. Only 16 people showed up to participate in the race, but the majority of them had on a superhero t-shirt.

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Each of the 16 participants at the Augusta Boys and Girls Club Super Run 5K at Capitol Park in Augusta, Maine received a super hero cape and a medal after finishing the race. The first place winner received two round trip tickets from Augusta to Boston via Cape Air.

The new Director for the Boys and Girls Club in Augusta, Charles Huerth, wearing a Captain America t-shirt, has only been there for a month, but he  has some ideas on what to do for the upcoming school year.  This year he’s hoping for some more educational type things to expand their minds.

“In the past what we’ve done, is we’ve gone to like Salem, Mass to see some museums and such,”  says Charles, “we’ve gone to some fun places like FunTown to kind of get them out and about and active, just trying some different things.”

Charles says there are also services available during the Summer to help maintain what they may be used to during the school year.

He says they try to supplement what they need during the school year such as the food pantry that the kids can utilize, and the back pack program.

The race started on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and followed the Kennebec Rail Trail along the Kennebec river. The first place winner received a pair of round trip plane tickets from Augusta to Boston, which first place winner George Sprigg happily accepted.

For more information on what the Boys and Girls Club is doing, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/augustateencenter

 

Maine Honors the State’s 95 Fallen Service Members Since 9/11 in Brunswick

The foundation, Maine Fallen Heroes, held its inaugural memorial run in Brunswick, Maine this past weekend at the Brunswick Recreation Center. An untimed 5K run/walk and a timed 10K were the main events honoring the fallen and their families.

The Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation took over the mission from Run for the Fallen, which was started nine years ago. The mission continues to help the families of the fallen with financial and emotional support. The MFHF’s website offers ways to contact people for support.

“Run for the Fallen went into retirement,” says Dean Barron, the President and Founder of the Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation, “and I decided to carry on the torch so to speak. The MFHF was formed in late 2015.”

Pictured: A Maine Veteran’s Biker Club volunteered to hold flags during the opening ceremony. Picture taken by Jillian Knight

Dean has a personal connection to the foundation that he took over. His son, CPL Joshua Barron, is his fallen hero.

Joshua and 94 other heroes had their pictures lining the 3.1-mile course on Saturday for people to see as they ran past. If the families of the fallen were present, then they had the choice to stand next to their hero if they didn’t want to participate in the race. Many people showed their appreciation by stopping and shaking hands with the family members who were present and giving their thanks for the fallen heroes’ service.

The event started at 9:00 a.m. with an opening ceremony and words from Adria Horn, Director of Maine’s Bureau of Veterans’ Services. “We are here because a very select few people donated their family to us, and those people became members of an exclusive club, a club that they didn’t want to join, a club that they joined without their permission, and often times without their knowledge.”

“These races are a great opportunity to bring the community together,” says Aviation Ordnanceman First Class Petty Officer Stephen Sterling of the United States Navy, “and honor the men and women who have served in the military and given their all.”

“It’s also a great way to promote physical fitness,” says the 12-year enlisted service member currently deployed on the USS Wasp.

The activities scheduled for the day included the 10K race that started at 10 a.m. and the 5K race that started at 10:15 a.m.  After those events, there was a lunch put on by the volunteers of the MFHF and activities for children, including a 70’ inflatable obstacle course.

“It’s a special day for many of us,” said Dean, “who have lost a son or a daughter, a father or a mother, aunt, uncle, what have you.”

Pictured: Staff Sgt Jessica M. Wing of Littleton, Maine. Jessica served 23 years in the Army and National Guard. Jessica is one of the 95 biographies along the 5K course. Picture taken by Jillian Knight.
Pictured: Staff Sgt Jessica M. Wing of Littleton, Maine. Jessica served 23 years in the Army and National Guard. Jessica is one of the 95 biographies along the 5K course. Picture taken by Jillian Knight

Hundreds of people showed up to run, support the families, and pay their respects to the fallen. Dozens of active duty service members were present, including the National Guard, who volunteered to help with parking, directions, and inflating the 70’ obstacle course.

The new Maine Fallen Heroes’ non-profit foundation is working hard to push forward with events for 2016. Dean Barron says that this event was the first of many to come, and will be an annual race event.

As far as the proceeds, Barron says, “all funds raised go directly to helping the families of our fallen. We also hand out (3) $1000 scholarships to the families of our fallen for college.”

 

For more information or to donate, please visit www.mainefallenheroes.org.

A Day for Happy Runners, 5K at Mt. Trashmore Pulls in Hundreds of Participants

A Day for Happy Runners, 5K at Mt. Trashmore Pulls in Hundreds of Participants

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Photo by MotionOne Studios (http://www.motionone.net)

 335 runners and walkers showed up to Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach this Saturday for Road Rage Events 3rd Annual Summer Slam 5K run/walk. The event was to benefit Team Hope, a National Parkinson Foundation. The event was the first of the summer for Road Rage Events. The organization conducts 11 events per year, 6 of them at Mt. Trashmore.

Steve Street, a participant in the 30-39 Male category, was running as a representative for Operation Enduring Warrior, a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization that he says “empowers, honors, and motivates” veterans and shows them that “their injury doesn’t slow them down”. Steve ran the race carrying an American flag on a pole over his shoulder, and still came in 57th out of 335 5K runners.

The event is divided by age groups, typically spanning a decade in each group, and then broken up into both sexes. The fastest time was completed in 17:55, and the slowest in 1:13:35. So the events that Road Rage conducts is for every level of athleticism and participation. Some participants push themselves to beat their previous time, and some come out just to show their support and go for a leisurely walk to start their Saturday. There are no expectations, just the hope that everyone enjoys themselves.

Karen Anderson, the Marketing Coordinator for Road Rage Events has been with the organization for a year and a half and says “I love to volunteer, it’s very rewarding to work with an organization like this” when asked why she enjoys the organization. Karen helps to spread awareness of the events by visiting gyms, vitamin stores, and through community outreach efforts.

In case you thought Road Rage only catered to adults, the event started with a kids’ 1 miler that drew in dozens of participants. It was a great opportunity for parents to show their kids the joy of participation, volunteering, or donating.

Photo by MotionOne Studios (http://www.motionone.net)
Photo by MotionOne Studios (http://www.motionone.net)

The next event will be their 3rd Annual Road Rage XC 5K & 8K Cross Country Challenge on July 9th, 2016. For more information visit their website at www.roadrageevents.com.

 

For more information about Operation Enduring Warrior, visit their website at www.enduringwarrior.org

Summer Slam 5K at Mt. Trashmore, Saturday June 18th, to Benefit Team Hope

                      

                              

 

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The t-shirt for the 2016 Summer Slam 5K

           

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, June 12, 2016 – Road Rage Events is putting on their 3rd Annual Summer Slam 5K Run/Walk and Kids 1 Miler next Saturday, June 18th, at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach. The race is to benefit the National Parkinson Foundation; Team Hope.

 

The Summer Slam run/walk will be the first event of the 2016 summer for the Road Rage team, so come out and support a great cause and enjoy yourself. This will be the fourth race I have participated in with Road Rage and it’s always an impressive turnout. From jump houses for kids, to food trucks, and apparel venders, there is something to do for everyone. Especially in the summer, it is a great chance to get out early in the morning and get in some exercise before the sun gets too high.

 

The motto at Road Rage is ‘It’s all about happy runners & walkers’. The race directors at Road Rage Events are determined to have as many people happy and involved as possible in the events. Russ Turner, the founder, and one of the three race directors at Road Rage, says, “we also have runners that participate through our virtual package program anywhere in the U.S. This allows runners & walkers to join an actual event from far away.” They also allow participants to switch to the virtual option, so that they don’t miss out on the race, or receiving their shirt or medal, if they are unable to make the race.

 

For those that would like to participate, you can sign up on the registration page of the Road Rage Events website at http://www.roadrageevents.com/summer-slam.html. The Kids 1 Miler begins at 8am, and the 5K begins at 9am. Awards are to follow the 5K race. If you are going to sign up at the event, you should show up before hand.

 

About Road Rage Events:

 

Over the course of the year, there is typically one race a month. 6 events are held at Mt. Trashmore, 3 events are held at the Oceanfront Board Walk, 1 at Virginia Wesleyan College, and 1 in downtown Portsmouth. Each event has a different charity to benefit.

 

For more information about Road Rage Events, visit their website at www.roadrageevents.com

 

For more information and  directions to Mt. Trashmore, visit the Virginia Beach website at www.vbgov.com

 

For more information on Team Hope, visit their website at http://www.parkinson.org/get-involved/team-hope-for-parkinsons

 

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