There are only a few days left before early registration ends and prices increase for the 8th Annual Special Kids Race presented by Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & Surgicenter (MMC) on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at MMC in Murfreesboro.
Runners and walkers have the opportunity to participate in one of four race distances: 15K, 10K, 5K or 1-Mile Family Fun Run. The event welcomes all levels of participants and encourages the whole family to get involved. Race fees are currently $55 for the 15K, $50 for the 10K, $40 for the 5K and $25 for the 1-Mile Fun Run. A "Virtual Runner" option is also available for $25 if a participant would still like to be involved but cannot attend on the actual race day. Registration is open online at specialkidsrace.org and 15K, 10K and 5K registrants can save $5 when they sign-up by January 10.
Beyond entrance to the event, 15K, 10K and 5K race participants will receive a quarter-zip pullover, race medal and additional race swag from MMC and partners. 1-Mile Fun Run participants will receive a soft-style t-shirt and race medal. For the eighth year, all race expenses are covered by sponsors, allowing funds from registration fees to directly benefit children with special needs at Special Kids.
The race is an annual fundraiser for the local nonprofit Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center. Race participants, teams and even individuals not running or walking can additionally help children with special needs by joining "impact Special Kids", an online fundraising community that helps supporters turn their creative fundraising ideas into a reality. Impact members can participate as individuals or create their own team.
"We are looking forward to our eighth year of this event," says Stephanie Folkmann, Special Kids director of development. "In addition to our 'impact' program, we will also continue our program for businesses to become involved called the 'corporate challenge.' Our hope is that the community will continue to take hold of these fundraising opportunities to come together for the kids."
The "corporate challenge" encourages businesses to pay for their employees' registration and to commit to raising funds for Special Kids. Prizes will be given this year to corporate challenge teams for fundraising.
To register for the race, or discover more information about impact fundraising and the corporate challenge, visit specialkidsrace.org.
Race sponsorship is available for local businesses to join MMC and others in supporting the event. To learn more about sponsorship, contact Rachel Braziel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615.893.4892.
The Special Kids Race is presented by its founding sponsor Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & Surgicenter with Diamond sponsor Backer-Springfield and Platinum sponsor Walker & Dunlop. Gold sponsors include Ascend Federal Credit Union and Ole South Properties. Silver sponsors are Bushido School of Karate, A Step Ahead, Smoothie King, Little Guys Movers and Hooper Fence. Bronze sponsors include Wax Family Printing, TrustPoint Hospital, Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance, Murfreesboro Pulse and Once Upon a Child.
Special Kids is a Christian therapy and nursing center for children with special needs. The Murfreesboro-based ministry started with one child in 1998 and has grown to serve over 4,500 children from 19 counties in middle Tennessee. For more information on Special Kids, please visit specialkidstn.com or call 615.893.4892.