Organizers of the second Sandy Hook Run For Families are looking for help from Newtown children ages 2–10. A logo (or two, or ten) for this year’s race is needed, and local children are being tapped for their artistic talents.
The Sandy Hook Run for Families is a 5K run/fitness walk that debuted last March to honor the memories of the victims 12/14 and to support those affected by the events of that day. The run was initially planned to take place in Danbury, and had to be moved twice to accommodate the high volume of interest among prospective participants.
Approximately 15,000 runners and walkers took to the streets of Hartford and virtually in their own areas to show support for Newtown, raising more than $438,000 for The Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
On Saturday, March 29, the second Sandy Hook Run for Families will be held, this time in the town the event works to benefit. The onsite event will start at 8:15 am on the campus of Fairfield Hills and will feature a 5K run/fitness walk, as well as a half-mile fun run for children ages 2–11. Runners and walkers of all abilities and families with strollers will be welcome.
Newtown children ages 2–10 are invited to draw a logo for the T-shirts that will be given to youth runners in March. Children are asked to draw a logo that is inspired by the race or conveys what their town means to them.
Contest forms are available at the office of The Newtown Bee, at 5 Church Hill Road; and can be downloaded from 5kRunForSHF.org.
Entries must be received by Friday, January 31. Forms can be mailed to Newtown Center Pediatrics, 10 Queen Street in Newtown; or dropped off at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street.
The creators of the ten winning logos will receive a $15 gift certificate to The Toy Tree in Sandy Hook.
“The response to last year’s event was so overwhelming. We wanted to make sure the meaning behind this event continued on so that the running community could continue to show its support for the families of Newtown,” said Katie Blake who, along with Matt Marcella, is returning to organize the 2014 event. An all-volunteer committee is working with Ms Blake and Mr Marcella.
Registration fees from the event and fundraising this year will be donated to The Newtown Memorial Fund.
The event in Newtown will allow for no more than 1,000 runners to participate onsite; however, for those who are unable to participate in Newtown but would like to be a part of this event, there will once again be a “Virtual Runner” option. This option will allow an unlimited number of individuals to register and run in their local areas on March 29 in honor of those in Newtown. Participants registered through the virtual option will receive a T-shirt, racer’s bib, and a finisher’s certificate.
The Hartford Marathon Foundation’s Sandy Hook Run For the Families was awarded Best Amateur Single-Sport Event by SportsTravel Magazine at the Travel, Events And Management in Sports (TEAMS) 2013 Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah, in November.