Run For Kids Challenge, Camp Smile-A-Mile, Southeastern Trail Series, trail running, ultra running, Oak Mountain State Park
Birmingham,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

Help Me Run for Kids (For 12 Hours)!

Well friends, I have decided to make my trail race comeback in the coolest way possible—next Saturday I’m doing the Run for Kids 12-hour Challenge and raising money for children with cancer to go to camp.

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Because all kids deserve to have shaving cream wars

Why is this race so special, you ask? David and Mary Jo Tosch of Southeastern Trail Series donate 100% of proceeds to Camp Smile-A-Mile—an organization that provides year-round camp services for kids with cancer, their families and siblings, and cancer survivors. Tosch started Run for Kids in 2011, basing it off the popular Ride of Love. Every year since then, Run for Kids has grown and donated more money—last year they raised over $8,000!

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And run!

Y’all. I never ask for donations. Ever. But I’m going to now. Please consider donating, whether it’s a flat amount or sponsoring me for something like $1 (or $100!)/mile I run. FYI—I’m shooting to run between 40 and 50 miles. That’s like a nice dinner out. You can afford that!

Not quite convinced yet? Here’s why you should loosen up your purse strings for the kiddos:

You worry about PRs, these kids worry about surviving until prom.

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Party animals

You worry about roots or potholes, these kids are happy to get out of bed and walk.

You worry about hydration vest tubes and bottles—oh wait, IV tubes are just a tad bit worse.

Rolled your ankle? These kids wish that’s all they had to worry about.

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Remember your summer camp lanyards?

Your aid stations = bacon and Tailwind. Their aid stations = chemo cocktails.

A few bucks will buy you a new Lulu outfit. A few bucks will buy them another day of enjoying life.

Run For Kids Challenge, Camp Smile-A-Mile, Southeastern Trail Series, trail running, ultra running, Oak Mountain State Park
Tosch. You’re killing me. #allthetears

You want to be first in your age group. They sure as hell don’t want to have cancer in their age group.

Run For Kids Challenge, Camp Smile-A-Mile, Southeastern Trail Series, trail running, ultra running, Oak Mountain State Park
I want to just scoop them up and hug them!

You want to hurry up and finish a run. They wish they could run all day.

Your win = buckle. Their win = life.

These kids need superheros in their life, and we trail runners can be their superheros.

 

If you want to help, you can sponsor me and let me know how much per mile you’d like to donate, or go here and select “Other Event” and type in Run for Kids. And tell me that you donated! I’ll bake cookies and give you hugs! And love you forever.

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Help me help them!

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