This weekend was the Give Kids the World Challenge for Hope 5k. I’ve done this race for a couple of years now and I love it. Give Kids the World is one of my favorite local charities and I was excited to raise money for them again this year. I set a goal of raising $500 and thanks to my wonderful friends, family, and co-workers I was able to raise $513!
Unfortunately I woke up Saturday morning to the sound that now runner wants to hear – rain. I pulled up the radar and was not happy with what I was seeing. A cold front had rolled in over night bringing some nicer temperatures, but rain as well. It didn’t matter because I was doing the race either way. I got dressed and was on the road by 6 am.
It is a long drive to the race and it rained the whole way there. It was raining when I got on the shuttle to the start. It was raining when I got off the shuttle. And it was raining when I went inside to get my race packet. But thankfully it was NOT raining when I came outside. Apparently the radar was starting to clear up and they were moving forward with the run, just starting a little later than scheduled.
The start of this race is always a lot of fun because they have lots of characters roaming around and even have a dance party. I even made some new crazy friends! But the best part was hearing that the event had raised over $220,000! The top team raised over $17,000 on their own. How amazing is that?
They changed things up this year and the entire course was inside the village. It was great because you were able to see so much of the village and the events that the families get to experience when they stay there. Unfortunately there was a bit of confusion as to where you were supposed to go after the first lap through the village and the run was WAY short of a 5k. I’m not sure if that was intentional or not, but it all worked out just fine.
I love the medals that they give at the end that are designed one of the children that have stayed at the village. They are beautiful and so meaningful. After the race I enjoyed a snack (thanks Krispy Kreme) and did a little shopping in the Memory Market. I always make a point of stopping in there to pick something up and continue my support of the village. This year I got myself a great new shirt.
As far as fundraising goes there are “rewards” as you hit different milestones. Thanks to the donations I received I walked away with a shirt, GKTW magnet, socks, a drawstring bag and pin. I’m not always a fan of the swag that you get at races, but I love everything that I received today. It just has a little bit more meaning ya know?
If you didn’t make a donation and still want to, you can still help out! Visit http://bit.ly/GKTW5k2019 to make a donation and help Give Kids the World reach their goal of raising $240,000 this year. Thank you again to everyone that donated this year!