What would it take to get you to run 188 miles with 11 of your closest friends over the course of two days?
For thousands of people next month, it takes nothing more than the promise of doing something that makes people say, “Wow,” as they gear up to run the flagship 188-mile Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back from Logan to Park City, Utah June 19-20. We are particularly excited about this race because it’s in our backyard and gives us another opportunity to help children in our own community. We will distribute the donations raised at this year’s Wasatch Back relay to Best Buddies Utah to enable buddy pairs to participate in the Best Buddies 5k Run/Walk in spring 2010.
“Very few people with intellectual disabilities ever have the opportunity to run or walk in a community event,” Justin Haskell, director of Best Buddies Utah, told us. “This is a great opportunity for buddies to experience a great event, while also helping them learn about and embrace healthier lifestyles.”
Runners are a passionate, and charitable, group – and I’ve had a few phone calls from this year’s runners voicing their enthusiasm and getting the chance to share their love of running with intellectually disabled youth. Their enthusiasm is contagious. All it takes is $30 raised or donated from each runner to sponsor a buddy pair’s participation in the event. Additional donations will provide seed money to start up additional Best Buddies high school chapters along the race route, to further enhance the lives of youth with intellectual disabilities.
Best of all, several Best Buddies members and volunteers will be joining us at the start and finish lines to cheer on the crazy runners who will temporarily swap their sanity to run the relay of a lifetime
It promises to be a weekend free of dull moments and full of heart-warming enthusiasm.
p.s. if you are interested in helping a team’s fundraising efforts, click here or e-mail us at info (at) operationkids (d0t) org.