The race grew quite a bit this year from 77 participants in 2014 to 124 this year. Enough growth that we’ll be working with Integrity Sports (PA Runners) to chip time our 2016 race! We also added a virtual option for out-of-towners that had 43 participants across 15 different states plus Germany! We raised over $8300 to support the Operation Jack Autism Foundation and Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute.
Jay M. – Had a great time at this event. Original, challenging, well supported and all for a great cause!
As the race director, I work really hard to make my vision of this event a reality. So comments like these make me so happy that I could burst! I think the race format is great, I’ve called it customize-able because it truly is. If participants want to walk a lap and then hang out by the fire they are welcome to do so. If you want to come and run hard for over twenty miles, you are welcome to do that too! I think the fundraising is going well with lots of room to grow. And the autism awareness part of the event became a little more evident this year with representatives from not only ADMI and Operation Jack, but also ASERT Autism Resources and Verbal Beginnings, LLC. I am overjoyed with this year’s event and I am just so grateful to every single person who came to participate, who helped me spread the word, who stressed out with me during planning, who happily volunteered to cook, play music, or volunteer in anyway. It takes so many people playing so many different roles to bring it together and I could never do it without you. Special thanks to the Mid Penn Trailblazers, PA Runners, Nittany Valley Running Club, Penn-York Valley Running Club, Team Taper, and Team RWB for their support of this race and for spreading the word. Thanks to Dee and Ruth for the delicious soup. Thanks to Kevin and Brandi for the use of their heaters and generator. Thank you to the Steve and the Bucknell Crew team for lending their tent. Thanks to Corey for making some really nice signs for the event. Thanks to everyone who donated and bid for our basket auction. Thanks to all our sponsors, especially Inside Track– Lewisburg, Blaise Alexander Ford, Boop’s Welding, Chicadee Hand Crafted Jewelry, and Andre from A. W. Entertainment. Thank you to Sam for your unending support of this race and for believing in it before I did. Thank you to Megan and Dr. Challman for supporting the race and for representing ADMI. Thanks to Erin for being present for Cullen and sharing what ABA Therapy is all about. Thanks to Megan from ASERT Autism Resources for sharing what’s available in PA for those affected by autism.