3 Charity 5k Runs in the Twin Cities You Should Consider
If you have a cause you believe in, there’s more than likely a 5k to support it. In the words of Alisha Perkins,
To know that by doing something you love (running) you could also be changing someones life is pretty cool!
Below are just three local medical related charity runs we think you should checkout. I encourage you to look at other charity runs and find one that aligns with a passion of yours, and falls on a free weekend.
American Red Cross, Run for Blood – July 26.
Since the first time I donated blood in high school, I’ve felt it was my civic duty to help stock our nations blood supplies. I proudly wore my “Be Nice to Me I Gave Blood Today” sticker around school all day. When our high school starting quarterback passed out next to me during the finger prick, I knew runners were a tougher breed.
On July 26, you can help provide blood to those in need by running the 6th annual American Red Cross, Run for Blood at Lake Calhoun. Did you know, every two seconds, someone in America needs blood?
About the Race
Luther Hagen, a runner, blood donor advocate and founder of Hagen Financial Advantage, started the Run for Blood as a “third party” event to support Red Cross blood services. Since then, the Red Cross organizes the event, which has grown each year. The 2014 primary sponsor is Smiths Medical.
According to Lynette Nyman, the Communications & Government Relations Manager for the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region,
The Run for Blood proceeds support American Red Cross blood services programs. Previous proceeds were put towards the purchase of a new blood donor bus, which will be at this year’s event. It’s a beauty!
Nyman also mentioned that shortly before the race starts, Kate Ross, a local Red Cross Hero, blood recipient and donor advocate in her early 20s, will share her amazing story of recovery and resilience following a tragic car accident which took a leg. Without the blood transfusion, she surely wouldn’t be here today.
To become a hero yourself, you can make an appointment to donate blood at the blood bus during the race. About 40% of the blood donated in the US comes from generous donors via the American Red Cross.There is an excellent chance that you or a loved one will need a blood transfusion in your lifetime.
Children’s Hospital, Cancer Research Pine Tree Run – August 10
When our son was born, we spent a few extra days at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul (for a variety of reasons I won’t get into). We are forever grateful to those incredible nurses.
It’s easy to promote something that is helping fight kids’ cancer, “one mile at a time.” Brady Gervais, Annual Giving Officer for The Foundation of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota says that “Pediatric cancer has met its match!”
About Children’s Hospital
Children’s is the largest pediatric center and blood disorders program in the Upper Midwest, caring for more than 55% of children diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders in Minnesota, and 70% of those diagnosed in the Twin Cities. Each year, nearly 900 children are admitted as inpatients to the Jim and Colleen Ryan Pediatric Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Center at the Minneapolis campus.
About the Race
On Aug. 10, members of Children’s cancer and blood disorders team, families and our community will come together in White Bear Lake to race Pine Tree Runs. Proceeds help advance cancer research at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
There’s a little something for everyone at the Pine Tree Run. There is a 10k, 5k and kids’ run events. If you’re training for a longer fall race, 5ks and 10ks are an excellent opportunity for you to gauge your fitness level. You can also use it as a form of speed work, or simply enjoy a low-key event.
Gervais says, “We think it’s a win-win. Get your sweat on – and help kids fight cancer.”
Fifteen’s 5k – August 17
I’ve been a baseball fan my entire life. While I no longer collect the cards, and my wife won’t let me display my baseball memorabilia in our home, I still get giddy every time I go to the ballpark. The fact that the Finish line for Fifteen’s 5k is on Target Field, and you get a medal from one of the players, is a pretty epic way to end a race!
About Fifteen’s 5k
Now in it’s third year, Fifteen’s 5k is the brain child of Alisha Perkins. Mom, runner and wife of Twins closer Glen Perkins. They were looking for an active way to get involved in the community that was cost effective for the whole family and benefited a great cause.
The Twins were looking to switch things up, and got on board with the idea. Since TCM was involved with a former event, they stayed on as race organizer, ” since they are the BEST at what they do we wanted to keep them on board for the 5k as well. They are amazing!” says Alisha.
Why Fifteen’s 5k?
The Perkins have 2 sets of friends with small children affected by Cystic Fibrosis. Seeing what they go through on a regular basis is heartbreaking and the Perkins wanted the proceeds to go towards helping find a cure through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. ” They are incredibly close to a cure and we wanted to help that along in any way possible.”
In addition to raising as much money as possible for CF research, Fifteen’s 5k hopes to get people active. Alisha says,
The state of our country in regard to exercise breaks my heart. For some people it is scary to even start… they think they have to be good. One of the reasons I started my blog was to show people that even those of us who run all the time are not good at it all the time… the important part is to get out there and try! Childhood obesity is a cause that is near and dear to my heart as well, so we wanted to encourage people who otherwise may not be active to get out there and do something… anything!
On August 17, the race starts at Gold Medal Park in downtown Minneapolis, and ends on home plate at Target Field. Your race registration also gets you in to the Twins game that night (vs the Royals).
What’s Your Cause?
There are many other charitable causes for you to run for. Which one are you passionate about? Leave a comment and link below to helps others who may share your same passions.