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Thursday, May 26, 2011

A "Virtual" Race for Autism 5k Announced!

I have to say that I love raising money for charity! And I am lucky enough to have some really fantastic supporters who have donated a total of $981.20 both through the Train4Autism site and in cash donations. (Yay!) But I am still about $500 short of my goal so I had an idea! What if I hosted a "virtual" 5k and collected all kinds of great prizes from all kinds of great companies to have an amazing raffle-like giveaway for all the participants?!  Would that get people excited? Well, I sure hope so because I'm hosting my very first-


That's right! A "virtual" race! I love the concept.  Here's what you need to know.

TO PARTICIPATE:
  1. Go to my Train4Autism donation site HERE and donate $5 (or you can email me to send me cash or check donations. Face to face donations work well, too.) If you have already donated, just tell me so.
  2. Come back here, tell me you donated and print out your very own bib for the race. (Totally optional, but fun. Bibs are at the bottom of this post.)
  3. Run or walk 3.1 miles on your treadmill, outside, on a track, by yourself, with your friends, whilst dribbling a basketball, juggling or whatever way you want to do it. Just do it!
  4. Tell me about it! Report back and let me what your finish time was. If you feel so inclined, send me a picture of you before/after your run, a pic or your Garmin or treadmill reading and/or just tell me how it went. I would love to hear! (Just as a warning- any pics may end up on my blog.) ;) Just let me know that you did it! You can report back here as a comment on this post or send me an email to aliciaruns @ hotmail.com.
  5. Await the results! I will post everyone's 5k results on my blog on June 11th (my BIG race day!) and will also be raffling off fantastic prizes from these fine companies.  You can see a full list of prizes HERE.
Amazing, right?? We're talking about Gu products, a Pink Series 10k entry, jewelry, an Allied Medal Display (what, what!), headbands, RoadID gift certificates and more! Very cool!

 (I'm up to 30 prizes already! So, really your chances of winning something are great. All these companies are amazing, by the way.  Wonderful people that deserve all the success they get in life. Truly, truly.)
Also, everyone who participates has an equal chance at winning so no worries about being the fastest Speedy McLeggy. Although, the fastest may get a little something from me personally plus major bragging rights.

So, get to it already! You can run/walk your 3.1 anytime between now and June 10th. (All finish times need to be in to me by June 10th at midnight.)  Good luck! And thank you in advance for helping me meet my goal.
 
GET YOUR RACE BIB, just click and print! Be sure to give yourself your favorite number. :)

*Bloggy buddies can help me out by posting about this virtual race on your blog. I'd greatly appreciate it! :)

65 comments:

  1. Yay!!! Not only do I LOVE virtual races but autism is something dear to me. My sister worked with early intervention for children with autism. Part of some of the children's socialization was to come to our family's house every other week to make dinner and play games with us. I got to know these children in such a way that I fell in love with them! Most of them are grown but I still tear up when I see how far they've come! One was a ring bearer in my sister's wedding and is now in his junior year at college. Pretty amazing since his primary form of communication started off with hitting and screaming! Good luck on your fundraising! I donated and put it on your scroll as Fancy Nancy!!!

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  2. Oh and I'm including this race on my three things Thursday so check it out later!

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  3. Count me in, sounds fun and the door prizes, YAY! I am so printing a bib. What a great idea!

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  4. I just donated and am excited about your virtual race! June 10th will be my first tempo run of a new training cycle, so I'll run it as your race. Just the jump start I needed to train hard this summer.

    Looking forward to following your blog as well.

    Kim

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  5. I've donated and although I can not run I am seriously considering hobbling this. Does hobbling count? Great idea girl!!!

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  6. Donated. Running. The stickers will be in the mail tomorrow! And I made this my Things I Love Thursday =)

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  7. I'm a new follower!!! Just posted the virtual race on my sidebar. I'll be donating and running :)

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  8. I donated and am totally in! :) And, I will post about it on my blog soon.
    Hugs,
    E

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  9. I donated! I'll post either tonight or tomorrow.

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  10. Donated and in! Thanks Alicia!!!

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  11. My brother has autism. I am going to sign up for this and blog about it!

    Thanks for doing this!

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  12. I thought Virtual meant I could fake like I was running. Then I found out I had to run. I joined anyway. Love ya, Dad

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  13. Ok, I just donated, but it will say Jared Jensen as the donor (because our pay pal acct is in my hubby's name), but it is coming from me! Such a fun idea. Now to plan when I will run my 5K :)

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  14. OK, never mind, I got an email confirmation and it shows my name (Christine Jensen)..LOL, still in ;)

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  15. I saw your race on some other blogs and just think it is a wonderful amazing idea! I am excited to keep following your blog and am also excited for this virtual race! Such a great cause!

    I donated on the site and will definitely be blogging about this tonight!

    I am running Utah Valley as well! Maybe I will see you there :)

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  16. just donated...
    I will running a 5K on the 11th (in TN), too! I love the cause that is very dear to me, as well. My son, Maxim, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of five...he is now 17!

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  17. although, a 5K is not quite a marathon!

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  18. Donated, posted on my blog, and I am in 100%! This is such a fun and great idea! :)Good luck, I hope you reach and surpass your goal!

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  19. Awesome! I so hope my ankle is healed enough for me to do this with everybody - what a great cause.

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  20. Just found your blog and am now following you. Will be donating to your event. Check out my blog as well diaperderby.blogspot.com.

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  21. i just donated... :) thanks for putting this together and for raising money for train4autism!

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  22. I just donated. I will be doing my run tomorrow to meet my May miles goal.... Can't wait.

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  23. Just donated. I am excited to participate in this.

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  24. I donated, and I'm looking forward to running this virtual race...still deciding when and where. I'll let you know how it goes! :)

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  25. I just donated! I will be running Friday night!

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  26. I signed up for this! Great cause and awesome prizes! Good luck in your training! I'll report back next week!

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  27. I just donated. I'm so in!

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  28. I just donated. First virtual race ever...wish me luck:)

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  29. Just found your blog and will be a new follower.
    I donated. I have never done a virtual race, but it sounds great. Good luck reaching your goal! Great cause. :)

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  30. I donated just now and am going to report back on my run after this weekend. This is my first virtual race and I'm so pumped! The prizes you have been able to collect are awesome and I'm happy to be able to help you toward your goal!

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  31. Loved running this. Had to do it on the treadmill this morning. Ran 3.1 in 25.32. I'll take it. Thanks for hosting such a great virtual race.

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  32. Ran my 5K in 33:05 - I'll post my race report tomorrow :).

    Thanks for hosting, hope your fundraising is going well!

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  33. Ran my 5k this past saturday. 32: 45. I also donated.

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  34. Looks like I got in just in time. I'm pacing on Saturday for the half, but will get a run in before so it can be official. My nephew has been diagnosed.

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  35. Ran the 5K this morning. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  36. Done! Finish time was 26:24. Thanks again for doing this!!!

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  37. In honor of autism awareness, I chased Tiger when he went running away from me- not sure on the distance but it felt long enough! :) 17 minutes for him- 23 for me. We donated- not much but hey, we've got lots of ketchup to still buy :) Great Job Alicia and an excellent cause- LOVE our KIDS!

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  38. I totally have wanted to do this ever since you first posted, and now I have put it off until the very last day. I will be run/walking it tomorrow. Hope you make your goal!!! I think you are a super fantastic Mommy! Love you Alicia

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  39. I totally have wanted to do this ever since you first posted, and now I have put it off until the very last day. I will be run/walking it tomorrow. Hope you make your goal!!! I think you are a super fantastic Mommy! Love you Alicia

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  40. In honor of autism awareness, I chased Tiger when he went running away from me- not sure on the distance but it felt long enough! :) 17 minutes for him- 23 for me. We donated- not much but hey, we've got lots of ketchup to still buy :) Great Job Alicia and an excellent cause- LOVE our KIDS!

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  41. Ran the 5K this morning. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  42. I just donated. First virtual race ever...wish me luck:)

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  43. although, a 5K is not quite a marathon!

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  44. I saw your race on some other blogs and just think it is a wonderful amazing idea! I am excited to keep following your blog and am also excited for this virtual race! Such a great cause!

    I donated on the site and will definitely be blogging about this tonight!

    I am running Utah Valley as well! Maybe I will see you there :)

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  45. My brother has autism. I am going to sign up for this and blog about it!

    Thanks for doing this!

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  46. I'm a new follower!!! Just posted the virtual race on my sidebar. I'll be donating and running :)

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  47. Thanks for hosting this; my 3yo son has ASD so this means a lot. If I'd known sooner, I would have participated but we have a 1/2 on Sunday & my Achilles is acting up so I'm resting today :S but thanks :)

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  48. I just emailed you my results! I seriously need to participate in virtual events more often. I totally pushed it harder than my usual training runs! Awesome!

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  49. My son was 3 when he was diagnosed. He is now 9 and has made HUGE strides. Good luck to you!

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  50. Finished my second 5K for the cause since Bobbette was unable to get on her feet.  It is a great cause, Alicia.  

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  51. Hey Alicia, I boffed this up royally and thought I had until today to enter.  If you are willing to count it, I did a 5K on 5/28 in 39:04 or I ran one for you today in 41:04.  I totally understand if I'm too late.  Thanks!  I hope your marathon went great!

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  52. Alicia, I technically didn't do a "5K" because I was pacing the Utah Valley Half Marathon on Saturday. If you'll count it, I did the run in 1:50:13.  I'll have a full blown recap of the run on my blog soon.

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  53. Man, I need to catch up on my google reader more often. I've been buried with everything for about four weeks, though. I have to say ... you're flippin' awesome. Amazing. I wish I found 20 of you last year.

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  54. Thanks, Sam! I'm doing my best. :)

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  55. I donated!!!!  I emailed you my 5K results.  Hope I'm not too late.

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