Registration is now open for the 15th annual Run For It, a 2k walk and 5k race hosted by the Tucker Community Foundation.
This year’s race will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 in the town of Davis during the Leaf Peepers Festival. The 2k course is 1.2 miles around town, walk only and the 5k is 3.1 miles and winds through the town. The 5k is USATF sanctioned and the course is for walkers and competitive runners.
The registration cost $10 with half of the entry fee supporting a charity of the participant’s choice. Individuals or teams can register online at raceroster.com/47023 or visit www.tuckerfoundation.net/run to download an entry form, team registration or event packet.
Teams must register before Aug. 31. Racers can pre-register up to Sept. 19 or onsite Friday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 25 and join a team.
“The purpose of Run For It is to raise awareness and support for non-profits, civic organizations and other charities throughout the Tucker Community Foundation’s eight-county service area,” said Kelly Stadelman, development director for the Tucker Community Foundation. “The program promotes a healthy activity and encourages local philanthropy. Throughout the years it has evolved into a solid challenge-grant program thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Foundation’s staff, board of directors and numerous volunteers.”
The Tucker Community Foundation serves Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties in W.Va. and in Garrett County, Md.
Run For It raises money and support for the racer or walker’s community cause of choice. Half of entry fees, 100 percent of team sponsor donations, and 100 percent of race day awards are distributed to the cause represented.
“More than 100 cash awards are given to team charities that raise the most awareness and support along with demonstrating the best effort,” Fellers said. “We encourage nonprofit organizations to form teams and enlist sponsors for the team’s cause. If a group needs help setting up a team or has questions about how to register or how to leverage funds, please contact us. We’re happy to help.”
While the 2020 Run For It was the first all virtual race Tucker Community Foundation held due to the coronavirus pandemic and the strict state laws regarding large gatherings, the event persevered and was a success. Run For It 2020 had 1,100 virtual racers participating on 79 teams (or non-profit organizations) and raised nearly $169,000 for area charities. These monies came during a difficult time for the organizations.
The Tucker Community Foundation challenges participants to raise team support for the community cause of their choice during a six-month campaign and then run or walk for that cause in September. For more information on Run For It stop by our Parsons office, or call 304-478-2930.
The Tucker Community Foundation manages more than 140 endowed funds providing annual scholarships and grants to nonprofits and charitable causes throughout the eight-county service area. Inspired by the flood of 1985, the mission of the Foundation is to create opportunities for the communities we serve. For more information on the Foundation or how to establish an endowed fund call or visit www.tuckerfoundation.net.