Sneaks for Beaks 5K

The pandemic has allowed organizations the ability to raise funds with virtual races and with so many worthy causes out there in need of funds, virtual runs supporting organizations are likely here to stay.

The 2021 Sneaks for Beaks 5K Race to Rebuild will benefit Foster Parrots and The New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary.

On April 1, 2021 Foster Parrots, an animal rescue and sanctuary in Rhode Island, suffered a devastating fire where over 80 animals died and others were injured. The organization is quite heartbroken but not defeated. There are still 300 animals and operations continue but they need to rebuild and need money to do so. All proceeds from the 2021 Sneaks for Beaks 5K will go toward the rebuilding efforts.

To register for the virtual run, please click here. All virtual runners will be mailed a tee-shirt as part of their registration!

To learn more about Foster Parrots, please visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

Caroline’s Crusaders Against IBC

The running community has a special bond that when one of our fellow runners is in need of our support we pull together in big ways. Here is a great opportunity to pull together once again and help.

I was introduced to this fundraiser by one of my colleagues at work. Her cousin Caroline is battling Inflammatory Breast Cancer and the family has organized a fundraising drive to help raise funds for the Jimmy Fund, benefiting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Those wishing to partake will run a virtual 5K on the 4th of July; a great way to raise some funds and log some miles in so doing. I’ll likely be racing my virtual 5K somewhere on the South Shore of Massachusetts as part of Caroline’s Crusaders against IBC and encourage you to sign up for the event.

Caroline was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) in December. IBC is a rare form of breast cancer, comprising about 1-5% of cases. As is common with IBC, the cancer cells originating in the breast tissue had spread to the skin and nearby lymph nodes by the time of Caroline’s diagnosis. The cancer had also metastasized to a small area in her pelvic bone. 

Caroline ran the 2014 Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber and now as someone battling cancer herself this cause is even more personal and I hope you’ll consider joining me in supporting this cause. You can sign up by clicking the Join Our Event button on this page and additional details about the virtual 5K will be sent along as the date draws closer.

New Life Furniture Bank 5K

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual New Life Furniture Bank 5K Trail Run! Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome at this race and there will be both a socially-distanced in-person race and a virtual race option available which makes this run perfect for runners from all over looking for a good challenge.

The in-person race will take place on May 8th at Medfield State Hospital in Medfield, Massachusetts. Participant will wait in their cars and will have staggered start times to allow for social distancing. The in-person event will only occur if Massachusetts moves into the stage of Phase 4 that allows road races. Race organizers will make a decision about whether or not the in-person event will occur by April 30th. If the in-person race is not able to be held, in-person registrations will be converted to virtual registrations.

The virtual run will take place anytime between April 17th and May 8th and runners can tackle a 5K course of their choosing anywhere around the globe.

To register for the New Life Furniture Bank 5K, please click here.

All proceeds from thus race benefits the New Life Furniture Bank of Massachusetts. New Life Furniture Bank of MA is a charitable organization, lead by volunteers, that accepts furniture and household items, and makes them available at no charge to those in need through referring agencies. A great cause to support so please register today!

Hop to the Top 50

Looking for another great spring challenge? Join me for the Hop to the Top 50 sponsored by elitefeats!

This is a minimum fifty mile challenge that will take from April 1st to April 30th and you can run, walk or bike as part of this challenge. You can set your own goal if you are looking for something more ambitious than a fifty mile challenge for the month. Those registering can also either run solo or can create a team to challenge friends and family to sticking to a mile challenge for the month. This would be a great option for running clubs or families looking for some fun, virtual competition to take place.

This virtual challenge comes with some great race swag including a running buff, a finisher medal, a drawstring bag and a running tech-shirt! Competing in a fun, virtual challenge complete with an awesome lineup of race swag; great way to tackle the month of April head on!

Proceeds from this race benefits the Never Stop Running Foundation, a 501c3 organization that supports athletic and charitable events as they raise awareness and foster community involvement as well as encouraging and promoting Olympic development for local emerging elite and post collegiate runners.

To join me in the Hop to the Top 50, please click here to register. I’d love to learn more about what mileage challenge you will be tackling so be sure to reach out and let me know!