Virtual Run for Team Gleason |
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For nearly two years, the Inland Northwest has been opening their hearts and their wallets to help a hometown boy, battling a devastating disease. Steve Gleason's story has spread around the world and inspired many; as he battles ALS himself, he continues to find unique ways to help other patients. Now, you can help Team Gleason just by lacing up your shoes and going for a run.
It's called the Team Gleason Virtual 5k/10k/Half Marathon. All you have to do is sign up, start training and get moving. The race takes place from Friday, June 21st to Sunday, June 23rd. You race during those days, then email your time to race organizers. Your registration includes official race bibs and medals, sent to those who register for the run online.
"I wanted a fundraiser that wasn't bounded by a specific location," said organizer Keri Doolittle. "Having a virtual race unites people from all over the USA (and the world) on a given weekend to support Steve and his mission."
Doolittle lives in Colorado, but grew up in Spokane and graduated from Mead High School and Washington State. She also has a very personal connection to the cause.
"I started this fundraiser ultimately to support my step-brother, Steve Gleason, and his foundation, The Gleason Initiative Foundation, which helps assist people living with ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease)," Doolittle said.
The virtual race is limited to the first 500 people who sign up. The entry fees start at $35, which includes the race bib and finishers medal.
"Our goal is to raise over $10,000 for the first year," said Doolittle. "But eventually we would love for this to become the largest virtual race in the country!"
To find out more and to get registered, visit the Team Gleason Virtual 5k/10k/Half Marathon Facebook page.