Operation Kids became involved because Ragnar was looking for a way to ensure that funds raised by the race went to organizations and programs that were effective, efficient and committed to youth health and fitness.
I am excited to announce that this year’s efforts raised nearly $20k for the youth and communities along the 178-mile relay course from Logan to Park City, Utah.
Just this past week, I was able to hand a check over for $10k to the local chapter of the American Heart Association to distribute educational health and fitness materials in schools along the race route.
Meredith Mannheim, development director for the local AHA, said:
“Staying healthy in today’s fast-food and video game world is one of the biggest challenges facing today’s children. We’re thrilled that Ragnar Events has decided to focus attention on youth health and fitness, and grateful to Operation Kids for choosing us as this year’s MyoMed Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back charity recipient. We look forward to helping children and families in communities along the race route better understand the things they need to do a guarantee a healthier life.”
The $10k was raised and donated by the race participants and supporters. Additionally, a fundraiser held by Rocky Mountain Middle School in Heber (a town along the race route), raised $7,500 by providing meals to runners.
Additionally, Ragnar Events (the race’s host), donated $2,200 to schools along the race route to support youth sports programs.
It is nice to hear about charitable giving, but it is even nicer to hear about the funds raised, how they will be used and witness the impact they make. Meredith is right – with video games and fast food, being a healthy kid today takes more work than ever – from all of us.
We are making final arrangements for the charities along the race routes of several other MyoMed Ragnar Relay races to be held this year. We expect, as our relationship continues, the donations will become even more sizeable.
Which youth and health fitness programs seem to make the biggest difference to you?