Race (Series) Recap: Women’s Distance Festival

I started writing a recap for this series last year but I waited until the very end… which just wouldn’t have done this series justice. So here we are, a recap of the series in 2018!

What is this? The race series is the Women’s Distance Festival Grand Prix. It’s a series of women’s only 5ks put on by the various “Road Runner Clubs” (or Striders) throughout the state. All events are very women-centric, low key, well organized, inexpensive and a lot of fun!

If a participant completes 5 or more of the series, they earn extra swag! In 2017, ladies who completed 5 or more earned a running belt!

As I recap, I will include a description of the course with a touch of weather. I’ll include amenities since I will assume they will be there each year. Extras will be things that may change over the years.

Race 1: Howard Country Striders – Women’s Distance Festival (June 2018)

It was super humid on race morning. Race started and finished at Howard Community College. The course took you through the neighborhood by the school. Course highlight: the horses about a quarter mile from half way. There were some spectators out and the running club had ample volunteers/cheerleaders along the course (one even had napkins which were wonderful since I felt like I was melting!). There are inclines along the way – I won’t call them hills but you are definitely going up more so than down.

This was the first year I have completed this leg of the series.

Amenities: race shirt, tote from Lululemon, cold towels at the finish, random prizes, cold water bottles, placement/age/team awards, school access with real bathrooms

Extras: post race snacks included watermelon, assorted chips and pretzels (seriously, I was making snack decisions post race – there were so many options!), bananas, twizzlers, cookies; vendors included a chiropractor and a beauty academy — doing braids (I adore braid bars at races!)

Race 2: Run for Roses – Montgomery County Road Runners (June 2018)

Another humid race morning for this multi-terrain race. Race starts and ends at at Wheaton Regional Park. The course takes you from the park parking lot, through a neighborhood, across a beaten path (between 2 streets), into the woods on a paved trail, gravel path, actual trail (complete with roots – stupid roots), back to paved trail. It’s a very pretty race with lots of shade but I highly recommend a hat (you go through the woods – I do not want to find any surprises in my hair post race).

This is the third year I have participated in this race.

Amenities: race shirt, rose, finisher certificate, picnic pavilion filled with post race goodies, random prizes, placement/age/team awards, real bathrooms, kids run

Extras: vendors are also invited to the park so there could be freebies and services offered

Race 3: Women’s Distance Festival – Westminster Road Runners Club (July 2018)

Great running weather for this event and beautiful scenery. This course starts and ends at a small pavilion just passed the historic Union Mills homestead (dates back to the Civil War). Course starts and ends in grass too (not my favorite). It’s an easy out and back along a country road. Fair warning: the road is not shut down so you must be aware and alert at all times. This is not a headphones race.

This is the first year I have participated in this race.

Amenities: random prizes; both bibs and medals are donated from other races in the series – if you are a die hard for swag, I would not run this leg of the series.

Extras: costume contest and post race, you can go out to breakfast with other ladies from the race (so bring your money).

Race 4: Women’s Distance Festival – Annapolis Striders (July 2018)

The humidity makes a comeback for this race! Good thing this race has access to a school for you to hang out in until it gets closer to the start. Course is gently rolling through a pretty shaded neighborhood. You make two loops of the neighborhood. Once you finish, you are rewarded with a deliciously cold (and wet) towel. Make your way back into the school to the feast (literally) that awaits you – from fruit to freshly baked cookies, anything you could want is provided post race. You can also enjoy a popsicle and watch the start of the men’s race – appropriately called: Race after the Women.

This is the second time I have run this race.

Amenities: umbrella, cooling towel, random prizes, school access with real bathrooms, age/overall awards

Race 5: Women’s Distance Festival – Frederick Steeplechasers (August 2018)

My last leg was also plagued with humidity. Race starts and ends at the community college. Course is not too challenging except there is very little shade. You will run around the parking lot, doing one out and back to add some distance, and then head out to do a loop of the neighborhood. The police/volunteers do a good job of preventing traffic, however, the neighbors don’t seem to think runner safety is important – since they leave their driveways in their cars anyway. Once you finish, you are rewarded with another deliciously cold, wet towel and a cold bottled water.

This event also has the best pre and post race festival. The parking lot is full of vendors – from races to runner services to runner products – be sure to visit!

This is the second time I have run this race.

Amenities: shirt, tote with goodies, cooling towel, random prizes, kids run, age/overall/team awards, school access with real bathrooms

Extras: there’s a fun photo op with props you can do if you are with some friends

All of the above events have free parking. They also have day of packet pickup. I am based in Baltimore, MD and each event was a relatively easy drive, with my max driving distance being close to 90 minutes (I get lost easily sometimes or my GPS gets confused). All of the above races also have a registration cost of $30 or less. I highly recommend this series if you are in Maryland.

Lastly, and for full disclosure, this season I served as an ambassador for Endure Jewelry. At each event, I donated bracelets from Endure to be used as prizes for the random prizes portion of the event or for the overall prizes (Annapolis). For the Annapolis event, I did receive free registration (I would have donated even without receiving anything in exchange). If you get a chance, check out my friend’s designs – she is brilliant and creative – use code: Meghan for 10% off! I have been honored to share her work with the ladies of Maryland throughout this series.

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Race Recap: Baltimore Women’s Classic

My favorite local race was this past Sunday! The Baltimore Women’s Classic is the largest all women’s 5k in the region and managed by Charm City Run.

This wasn’t my first time running this race but it was my first time doing everything was offered with registration.

Let’s start at the beginning:

One of the nicest amenities I have seen offered for a race is training. The bigger events offered training plans and you can join a training group (usually at an additional cost) but training for this race was complimentary with your registration. I know what you are thinking – it’s just a 5k. Well yes BUT this event attracts a lot of first time runners, first time walkers so the idea of 3.1 is daunting. Also, there’s people like me who are trying to get back into the groove.

I am not a fan of group runs. I am slow and embarrassed by being “known” (think about it – small group, everyone will know who is always last — that’s me and my biggest fear). But I also knew I wouldn’t get myself out there for a second run each week if there wasn’t a group of people expecting me. And I know they were all secretly appreciative that I took up the “last person in the group” position from my first week.

Global Running Day – week 3

Training consisted of 6 weeks — 1 info session and 5 group runs. I joined during the 2nd week and what I believe was the first actual run. Each week, someone came in and spoke with the group about runner needs:

Week 1: shoes

Week 2: sports bras

Week 3: apparel (including socks and underwear)

Week 4: nutrition

Week 5: stretching/foam rolling

Week 6: overall wellness

Then the run started. Typically each run lasted about 40 minutes, starting and ending at the running store. There were four groups to choose from: walker, walk to run, beginner runner, or intermediate runner. I picked the walk to run since I am trying to get myself back into a rhythm.

I actually surprised myself. I found I started looking forward to Wednesday. I don’t know if it’s because it was social or I would be running or if it was a combination but it was really enjoyable.

On race day aka graduation day, each trainee was awarded with a running hat (hehe graduation cap hehe). If you attended 4 or more weeks, you got this extra swag for free! I didn’t hit my time goal BUT I did take on a hill that normally kills me and I finished stronger than I normally do.

Now on to what you actually want to know:

Race day dawned in its typical hot and humid kind of way. Seriously, this race is never a comfortable one. I had picked up my packet earlier in the week (multiple locations, multiple day packet pickup for the win!) so I just needed to get myself to the start on race day.

I got to the venue about 90 minutes until the start. I like to get parked and settled vs rushed on race day. Nothing was quite ready – except for race day packet pickup and bag drop – when I got there. After doing a loop of the area, I headed to the training tent (another really nice amenity if you do the training – the coaches had brought post race breakfast for all the trainees). I didn’t see anyone I knew over there so I headed into the other big tents to look at what vendors were there.

After a quick visit to bag drop and the bathroom, it was time for the start. I lined up all the way in the back – because that’s where slow people don’t get run over. In what seemed like only seconds, we were off.

The course itself is fairly flat. There is one big hill – which thanks to the training group, I was able to run up during my run interval and not want to fall over when I was done – and then a few smaller inclines. The worst part about this race in the sun. There is very little shade and when you are in it, you want to soak in all the shady goodness.

Course features 2 water stops and one very unofficial beer stop. This beer stop as grown over the years. I think the first year I did this race, there were spectators drinking beer and holding signs. Then it was handing out cans of beer. Then cups of beer…to this year they had signs, a tent and small cups of beer (I believe some runners called them shots of beer). Regardless, their “stop” is always one that puts a smile on my face – it’s just after a mile and I’m starting to remember how hot and sweaty this race makes me so I’m cranky. lol

The best part of this race has to be the finish. You run along the water front for the last .3 or maybe .4 of the race. Some of the most beautiful views of the city and water front are right before your eyes (or behind you making really awesome race pictures!). Also, the energy at the finish is amazing. There are training group coaches cheering, family and friends of fellow runners with their signs, there are women ahead of you who just finished their first race…it’s awesome.

After crossing the finish, I happily gave sweaty hugs to the race team (they weren’t super thrilled) and collected my water and deliciously icy towel. Next up, I collected my medal and flower. Finally, it’s back to the tents for chips and watermelon. Oh and the training tent because there were definitely carbs in my future.

Race Recap: Wayfarer’s Annapolis Half Marathon and 10k

Sometime in January or February, I got an email from one of my favorite events, Zooma, was not coming back to the Annapolis area this year. Instead, a new race would be coming to the area presented by Pacers Running – the Wayfarer’s Annapolis Half Marathon and 10k was born.

I read over the information and then clicked out of the email. My initial thought was to not participate as I mourned the loss of my favorite event. Also, my running plan for this year didn’t really allow for a 10k in June. I wanted to “come back” the right way – ease into the workouts, build slowly, etc. But, within 24 hours, I was registered for the 10k…I have no willpower obviously.

One of the things I really liked about the event was they stressed the journey over the destination. To help you focus on the journey, they had “events” along the way. For each “event” you participated in, you would earn a memento (I love swag!). By registering in February, you earned a “Founders Pin” (inaugural year of the race, first registrants helped “establish” the event if you will); in March, they encouraged runners to volunteer within their communities and earn a “community” patch. In April and May, Pacers hosted actual events – runners could mingle with each other and talk about/do what they enjoy most – running. April’s event was a book club session. Runners could participate in person OR through Facebook Live (which didn’t work). The event was in Virginia on a worknight so I opted for Facebook Live but ended up watching the podcast in order to earn my “book club” pin. May’s event was styled a “Downward Plog”. It consisted of a 3-5 mile fun run with a twist – you collect trash along the way – followed by a yoga session (it was my first time doing yoga with an instructor and I loved it!). Dinner and ice cream followed yoga. Participants earned a “community” patch at this event.

Packet pickup also started in May. Runners had a whole month to pick up their race day goodies. Packet consisted of a Vooray backpack, bib number, and whatever mementos you earned up to that point. This was a really nice way to do packet pickup since pick up locations were in Annapolis, DC and Northern Virginia.

We’ve had some crazy weather lately. On Friday, after some prodding from participants on the weather policy, Pacers finally announced (and I say finally because their biggest competition in Maryland had notified their runners a full 24 hours earlier) the game plan for Saturday. They decided to cancel the half. Everyone would run the 10k. Lightning/thunder would delay the start.

This was a smart decision on their part. The back half of the half marathon course is in wooded neighborhoods. Running back there is no fun and I can’t imagine being stuck out there during weather with no where to go. As it turned out, the weather was super humid but no rain on Saturday (of course!).

Race started promptly at 7am. I’ve run this course many times so I knew what I was getting into. I also knew it wouldn’t be a good run for me – I hadn’t slept well the night before and I do not do well in very humid conditions.

I stuck with my intervals for about 2 miles before I decided to just walk the rest. I was getting uncomfortable and really just wanted to finish. By this time, my rabbit and I had started talking. The humidity was getting to her too but she was determined to finish since she was running for a charity. I understand that feeling all too well and I told her I would get her to the finish one way or the other.

It was around this time we realized we were being followed. The race had barely started (and all signage said the race went to 10:30am) and we already had the escort of shame behind us.

We realized a little later that we weren’t last but we were clearly going to be the last supported runners on the course. This still stings but it lessens the pain (a bit).

I will give kudos to the escort of shame. No one who followed us was negative (at least not out loud so I can only hope they weren’t in their heads). Event management along the course continued to be supportive as we moved through. Both of us needed some time of assistance in the last mile – I needed water since I was starting to feel nauseous and she needed help because she was starting to cramp – and the escort was able to provide water (for me) and made sure traffic didn’t speed around her (as she slowly worked through the cramping as we crossed to a sidewalk).

I could have easily just focused on myself and walked away and left her. But I didn’t. I slowed my pace down more to make sure I stayed with her – if we were truly the last supported runners, I didn’t know where help would be if something happened to her. I wasn’t going to leave her just so I could finish. Before we both had issues, I would guess we would have finished around 1:40 – we actually finished at 1:56 – and that’s ok. Runners help each other. Would that 1:40 been nice? Yes! I haven’t had a 1:40 in a long time. It would have been a shot of confidence.

Anywho, we finished. We congratulated each other. Grabbed water and electrolyte supplements. We picked up our finisher awards. As this point, a friend of mine met us and told us we were not last. Apparently there was a whole gaggle of runners behind us and the escort of shame that we couldn’t see.

Pros:

Unique swag with opportunity to earn mementos, free race day pics, different events/activities leading up to race day, event day staff organized and personable, beautiful course, month-long packet pickup

Cons:

Not friendly to slower runners, photographers did not stay on course (no pics for slow runners), event staff at non-race day events was unprofessional and not very organized , post-race party isn’t a party (so no reason to really stay post race), slow to communicate

Princess Training: IT BEGINS!

Good morning beautiful people! Guess what today is!!!!!!!

That’s right! Today kicks off training for the 2018 Disney Princess Half Marathon. Challenge training started yesterday.

But, I am not going to babble your ears off about training techniques or any of that stuff. Just get out there and run! You will have bad days, days where you don’t wanna, and really awesome days! Enjoy the journey. Add some Disney tunes to your playlist. Visualize the sights you will see along the course (sounds weird, I know, but it does help!)

Since training officially kicks off this week, I thought it would be fun to talk about a tool that really helped me back in 2013 when I started this craziness. I can’t remember where I found it and I ended up making two – one for home and one for work. Back in 2013, I had really awesome co-workers who cheered me on throughout my training and were really excited for me by race day!

Let’s make a motivational training calendar!

This is a super simple tool and you don’t really need anything special to create it. I made my training calendar on the computer, printed out some fun sayings and dug out some construction paper.


Step 1: decide on what training calendar you are going to use. RunDisney provides a good one. I happen to like coloring in my days so I always print out a calendar. I also typically add my races or other events (like the Polar Bear Plunge which is in January).

Step 2: google for images! They can be funny or motivational. Silly or serious. Pictures. Whatever is going to help keep you going!

Step 3: attach calendar to construction paper (or poster board). To do this, I simply stapled the last page of the calendar to the construction paper. I plan on ripping off each month as we progress through training.


Step 4: cut out and attach your images all around the calendar. Mine this time around is tame but the one I made in 2013 was a riot of color, images, sayings, motivational phrases.

Step 5: hang it up where you will see it! Mine is now on my fridge. In 2013, I had one on my fridge (and the boyfriend would see it and ask me questions – did you run? did you work out? how far are you running this weekend?) and I had one on my desk at the office. My co-workers got used to seeing me color in boxes in the morning!


There you have it! A simple tool to make and use as we start this journey together.

Training plans: Half Marathon and Fairy Tale Challenge!

Volunteer: Hershey Half Marathon

Autumn is here (kind of) and that means it is time to volunteer!

On October 15th, I volunteered the Hershey Half Marathon in Hershey, PA.

I signed up very late in the game on September 28th and there were still a ton of opportunities available. I quickly picked out a shift at the chocolate aid and got ready to hand out chocolate!

My shift on Sunday was from 8am to 10:30am. They did ask us to get there closer to 7:30 to avoid the road closures. I aimed to get there closer to 7am so I wouldn’t feel rushed and had a little extra time just in case I got turned around.

I am glad I got there early! In the dark and not knowing the area really well, I completely missed the parking garage we were told to park at. I did see the restaurant they gave us as a landmark but I couldn’t figure out where to park on the first pass. Once I turned around and came back, I could see where I was supposed to turn and was able to quickly park.

I had a short walk of about 2 blocks to where we were setting up. Once at the tent, I met the station leader, Brandon. He had me sign in and then gave me my volunteer shirt. A really cool thing about the volunteer shirts – one of the kids at the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital designs the back of the shirt! CMN is the beneficiary of the Hershey Half and I thought it was a really unique way to include them! (There is also a Miracle Mile where children and families (Miracle families) from the hospital come out to cheer on the runners!)

Since the race wasn’t happening yet, we could get warmed up with coffee or hot chocolate and donuts while we all got to know each other. Hershey had also brought us some chocolate too! I took my candy back to the car and grabbed my soda since I still had some time on my hands.


There were huge boxes of fun size Hershey bars just waiting to be given out. We used the empty candy boxes (from the volunteer candy stash) and made our own baskets of candy to give out once the runners came by.

We got in place and dodged the last cars that were allowed through (seriously – we thought the road was shut down and oh look! a car!)

Brandon brought out a portable speaker and started playing music and we all just started to relax and dance.

As the fast runners started to come through, no one took candy (boo!) but then the still very fast but hey I am at Hershey runners started to come and chocolate started changing hands.

I think my favorite runners were the ones who weren’t shut about collecting from all of us (I know I would!). I also really liked when a runner would come through and interact with one of us (whether it was a smile, thank you, or just something silly in response to us being silly).

Who knew handing out tiny chocolate bars would make your arm tired?!

Anywho, we stayed and handed out candy until closer to 11am. We didn’t want to leave anyone on the course without some delicious chocolate!

It was probably the easiest volunteer shift I have ever had – with very little to set up or breakdown and a leader who knew how to delegate and get everyone involved. (Very Disney even though I wasn’t at Disney).

Upon signing out, each volunteer was presented with a voucher good for 1 admission during the Hershey seasons (Halloween, Christmas, Spring Time or regular season). We could also help ourselves to what fun size bars were left – we had a nice amount left even after the runners came through!

My plan for the day was to at least visit Chocolate World before I made the drive home. The voucher changed my plans and off to the park I went!


Pros: still a lot of desirable shifts so close to race day, chocolate, volunteer shirt, voucher for 1 to the park

Con: I found communication lacking – volunteer “final instructions” weren’t sent out until late on Friday and addresses weren’t in the packet (coming from Baltimore, it would have been easier to navigate to an address vs a parking garage that was listed by one name but was really called something else)

Fundraising: Kellsie’s Hope Foundation

In August 2015, I started my journey of being a charity runner. Why? August 2016 marked the 5th anniversary of the passing of my dad. I wanted to run in his memory and do something vs be sad about missing him for all that time.

I knew I wanted to run both runDisney races for Star Wars – Light Side 2016 at Disneyland and Dark Side 2016 at Disney World. My dad introduced me to the world of science fiction and it seemed like a fun way to “include” him. I also knew I wanted to run for cancer research.

After researching the different organizations associated with runDisney, I zeroed in on Kellsie’s Hope Foundation. Kellsie’s story just spoke to me. It was bad enough as a “child” watching a parent go through cancer, I can’t imagine the roles being reversed.

After asking about 1000 questions, I registered to run for KHF. Now what?

My first attempt at fundraising crashed and burned. I hosted a spirit night at my local Chik-fil-a. I did everything I could – handed out flyers, shared on Facebook, texted all my friends. I even got balloons donated by the local grocery store just to dress up the restaurants. After spending my evening at Chik-fil-a, I walked away with a $50 check – and most of that was thrown in by the restaurant…more than likely out of pity. Oh, I remember being so upset.

Second place I turned was the Baltimore Orioles. The O’s have an amazing fundraising program. You can sell tickets to one game – at a price that fits your budget or you can sell vouchers to games throughout the season. I chose to sell tickets to one game.

Again, this first attempt didn’t go the way I envisioned. A group of 10 joined me on game night. At $5/ticket towards KHF, I raised $50. While bummed and really not waiting too, I moved to my third attempt.

My third attempt went better. I proceeded to share my “why” on Facebook and texting friends. I discreetly asked at work – not my employers – but my co-workers and vendors that I interacted with (yes – the mailman and UPS driver were asked). It was incredibly hard for me to ask friends and family but I did. It didn’t take long before I had hit my goal.

While fundraising for Light Side, I was also able to fundraise for Dark Side. I simply swapped out the donation links once I hit the goal of Light Side.

I did cry during both races. At Light Side, a lady came up behind me and said my dad was proud of me (I wore a sign on my back that said “I run in memory of my father” — get it?) and at Dark Side as I crossed the finish line. I truly felt like Dad was with me – as weird as that sounds.

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Further down the rabbit hole of fundraising I went. I was more confident with my “why” and ask. I was more comfortable with “no”. I registered to run Wine and Dine 2016 with Kellsie’s Hope.

This time around, I knew I could NOT ask friends and family to support me. I started looking for other ways to raise my goal.

It was at this time, I discovered the volunteering in exchange for volunteering. My best friend was stationed in Virginia and while here, she was determined to run a half in the “local” area. She signed up for a half marathon in Delaware and asked me to join her. I wasn’t trained to run but I did tell her I would volunteer and join her that way. When I went to sign up, I discovered the race management would reward volunteers with either 1. a free race entry or 2. a donation to the cause of their choice. Guess which one I picked?

After discovering this little fact, I started looking at races I had on my schedule. I discovered 2 of them would make a donation if you organized a group to volunteer. I immediately reached out for more information and started talking to my runner friends. I managed to organize 2 groups of 10 (one for each race, with a little crossover) and received donations from both events.

Since I was still away from my goal, I turned again to the Orioles. I picked another game with a giveaway and started selling tickets. This time around, I managed to sell about 25 tickets (yey!) and raised $125!

Towards the end of the summer, a runner friend who is a teacher by weekday (and an amazing runner by weekend) started telling me about hosting an exchange student for the school year. She is a runDisney runner and completely Dopey and was planning her trip for 2017. She wanted her student to participate too but of course, the 5k bibs were sold out. I registered once again for KHF and told them I was raising money so her student could run. I worked a couple races in exchange for donations and boom – a truly awesome first trip to the States was made even better with a first trip to Disney World and a first 5k.

Still with me?

That brings us to the current year – 2017. This year, I decided “just because” to be a fundraiser for KHF. I signed up to raise $1000.

After plotting my plan of attack, I went to work. I started with the Orioles. This time I went with vouchers. Once I posted to social media, another runner friend stepped up and talked me into organizing a game day for his child’s school. Together, between vouchers and game day tickets, we hit my goal of $1000 in no time.

Around this time, my best friend told me she wanted to come to Princess 2018. We decided the best way to secure a bib would be charity. She is active military so if she can’t go, she isn’t out of any money. At the time, she was pre-deployment so I took care of securing her spot. Since she was going to deploy at anytime, I took on her commitment of $1400 (she’s a little crazy and doing all 22.4 miles at Princess).

With 2 fundraising campaigns going on at one time, I was admittedly, a little overwhelmed. I decided to focus on my O’s fundraiser until it’s conclusion and then turned my attention to her.

I worked 4 races and organized 1 volunteer group to secure the bulk of her donations. I also reached out to some of her family to ask for donations as well. Lastly, a few of my family members who hadn’t donated to my initial $1000 for 2017 donated to her page.

To date, I have raised over $6,000 for Kellsie’s Hope Foundation. I have had the opportunity to run almost all the runDisney events (still need Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, Castaway Cay and Disneyland Paris) and made some great friends along the way. I have also raised a lot of money for a great cause in memory of my Dad – who I am sure is scratching his head saying ” My kid doesn’t run.”

I can’t say it’s been perfect or pretty. I can’t say I haven’t gotten mad at myself for taking on so much. I can’t say I haven’t yelled or cried depending on the moment or the mood.

I will say it is all about attitude and believing in your “why” and the cause. If you don’t have those things, you are not going to succeed. Same goes for running. If either were easy, everyone would do it.

Just for fun, I am $100 away from hitting $2,000 (remember, the original goal was $1,000?). Would love to hit that goal and if you would like to donate, please go here!

Disclaimer: in the past 2 years, I have also raised money for Children’s Miracle Network, Special Olympics of Maryland, Avon’s Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Fundraising: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Today is a special day for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital! It’s Child Health Day!


I have been an avid fundraiser for the last two years. Almost every single Disney race has been run after fundraising for a RunDisney approved charity.

For the 2018 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, I decided to fundraise CMN. The race in 2018 will be my fifth princess and the first time I run for the celebratory charity. I signed up to be a “fundraiser” and committed to raise $250 before the end of the year. A “fundraiser” does not earn a race bib – they are simply fundraising and spreading awareness.

Back to today – October 2 is Child Health Day. As a group, we are trying to raise $10,000! How? Each Miracle Maker is going to try for $32 in donations today (or more!). Why $32? Thirty two represents the 32 million patient visits by 10 million kids across the country each year.

So far, fundraising for CMN has been amazing! I have hit my minimum already and would love to receive a $32 donation today! It’s tax deductible and for the kids!

To donate, please click this link!


Stay tuned! I will post an update if we get to the $32 (personally) and the $10,000 (as a group). Also, a longer more extensive fundraising post will come soon!

Update: I was able to raise my $32 on October 2nd AND the Miracle Makers community collectively raised OVER $10,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals! Pretty cool right?!