A local benefit 5K race aims to help critically ill children and their families to “Believe in Tomorrow.”
The annual event will take place on Thursday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m., beginning at the Big Chill Beach Club at the Indian River Inlet. The race is one of 15 scheduled events being hosted by the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, which also includes a prom night, several golf tournaments, a boat parade and a Disney raffle, among others.
Racers will have multiple opportunities to win awards during the event, with medals being presented to the top three male and female masters overall, as well as the top three male and female finishers in each of eight different age groups. Participants can begin picking up their packets for the race at the Big Chill Beach Club starting at 5:30 p.m.
Early entry fees for the race are $30 for individual runners, or $15 for children 12 or younger. Those who are unable to attend can become a “Virtual Runner” for $40. All participants who wait until the race day to sign up will pay $35. All pre-registered participants will receive an event T-shirt. People can register as an individual, join a team, or create their own team. After-race party guest tickets are also available for purchase for $10 at the tent door.
As of Coastal Point press time, there were 194 participants registered, with 13 teams ready to go.
The 2019 “Face of the Race” is Leslie, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Christmas Eve in 2017, when she was 5 years old.
According to the organization’s website, the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation “provides exceptional hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families.”
Since 1982, the organization has provided more than 900,000 individual overnight opportunities from every state in the United States, as well as worldwide covering 82 countries. The hospital and respite housing are designed to serve as a support system for the families when they need it most.
The funds raised from the event will go towards the local Believe in Tomorrow Respite Housing program, which includes The House on Fenwick Island, Children’s House by the Sea on 66th Street in Ocean City, Md., and the House on the Bay, also in Ocean City.
The Believe in Tomorrow National Children’s Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which allows for all contributions to be tax-deductible. The organization allows for independent annual reviews, and has been certified to meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and fiscal responsibility. All told, 95 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to support those in need.
Those who cannot participate in the race can make a donation to Believe in Tomorrow through their website at www.believeintomorrow.org, where more information is also available.
By Jason Feather