Our 5TH ANNUAL 5K and 1-MILE RUN was a HUGE success!
An ENORMOUS THANK YOU to our sponsors who provided financial and other support and EVERYBODY else who made this such a successful event!!
The best part about this year is that we had more children with special needs participate in the 1-Mile Kids Run than ever before! For many of them, it was their first real "road race" and watching them cross the finish line and then proudly wearing their medals for the rest of the morning was a nice reminder for everybody of the reason we do this! We were able to raise money to support our mission and at the same time continue carrying out one of our primary goals, which is to encourage and facilitate the inclusion of children with special needs.
AND Special Thanks to:
~ Mikey for making sure the weather was spectacular!
~ Trumbull Animal Hospital, who in addition to providing us with very generous financial support, donated dog-proof frisbees for all our runners and Door Prizes, and hosted a pet-friendly booth at the Event
~ Happy Family Brands for their very generous financial support, as well as a Door Prize, coupons, and samples of their yummy products
~ Regina Madwed at Capitol PhotoInteractive for capturing all the special moments of the day - nearly 900 hundred of them (pics will be up soon)! And for graciously hosting our early bib pickup Friday Night!
~ Noah from Capitol Photo Booth for hosting a complimentary Photo Booth and handing out souvenir photos to everybody
~ Commerce Park Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics, who in addition to providing financial support and provided us with a very popular Door Prize, hosted a super-fun booth at the Event
~ Dr. Tyler Vitzthum from Southport Chiropractic, who in addition to providing financial support, hosted a booth and provided free consultations and "adjustments" to everyone, as well as coupons for a discounted office visit (proceeds of which will benefit Only You!)
~ Taco Loco for providing delicious post-race food to all of our runners - for the 5th year!
~ Lisa Greschler Burger from Au Pair in America for once again hosting the International-themed Kids’ Tent and having local au pairs from 5 different countries (Brazil, Germany, China, England, France) share information about their countries and cultures with all the kids who came to visit
~ Amy Yazbak and Jacalyn Papstein for managing the “Kids Corral” and entertaining kids all morning and keeping so many of them happy and safe while their parents ran the 5K
~ Jackie Bakhash for setting up a "Kids' Yoga Tent" and providing free instruction to kids
~ Annika Jonker, Emily Fedak, Jess Broder and Jenny Moore for hosting the very-popular Slime Table in the Kids' Tent.
~ Cathy Barriger Dunsby for setting up and managing the Door Prize table
~ Jacki Moore, Caroline Bergius and Denise Dudat (the "Dream Team") who took time off from their real jobs, flying in from Germany, Sweden, and Denmark a week before the Event and working pretty much around-the-clock to make sure that everything was perfect
~ Heather DaCosta Barrett and Robert Barrett for organizing the Third annual Virtual Run at Magnolia Plantation in Lake Mary, Florida. They mapped out their own 5K course and had 30 people come out and participate!
~ Mikey's friend, Aleysha Henry for kicking things off with our National Anthem
~ Molly McHugh for getting everybody stretched out and amped up for the 1-Mile.
~ Chabaso Bakery for providing bread sticks for everyone
~ KIND for passing out KindBars to everybody.
~ The countless friends and family and others (they know who they are and so do we ?) who volunteered their time in the week before and especially the day of the Event (many beginning before sunrise and some traveling quite a distance to be here). Without each and every one of them this Event would not have been possible….
And finally, of course, to EVERYBODY who came out!
We are so thrilled to have had another successful Event and immensely grateful to everybody who helped make it happen. Now we are looking forward to putting it all to good use in the coming year. We've got lots of exciting things in the works so stay tuned!
If you ran and want to see your time, click here:
Only You 5K RESULTS
If you won or placed in your age group, CONGRATULATIONS! If you didn't stick around for your trophy, we will contact you this week and get it to you. If you were a Corporate Sponsor, Family Sponsor, or Fundraiser, and did not receive your "thank you" gifts we will be getting those out over the next week or so. If you were part of this year's Event and did not get a shirt and want one, send a message with your size and we'll do our best to get you one.