We already know the FRESH 15 is a fun, family-friendly event (complete with swag and samples that last months after the race), but what else is the race about? We contacted the organizers to learn more about what happens with the funds raised from the race, and here is what we learned.
FRESH 15 was created out of a desire to:
A) promote a lifestyle of health and
B) give back to the community. Since the race began, the goal was to do good for local and national non-profit organizations. Over the past three years, the FRESH 15 has raised over $350,000 for charity! Organizers actually work with food companies (like Hormel, Muscle Milk, Kellogg’s ,etc.) to cover the cost of the race, and all the registration money that comes in is donated. With over 4,000 runners last year, and even more expected for 2017, that adds up to a lot of cash, and a lot of good! This is extremely rare in the running industry, as most races just donate the ‘proceeds’ from the event – meaning the money raised after expenses are covered. This year, race organizers have added even more local non-profits with a goal of increasing the amount of people positively impacted. If you haven’t had time to check it out, here it is:
Bethesda Health Clinic: A Christ-centered clinic that provides affordable health and dental care to hardworking low-income adults who are uninsured or underinsured.
FitSteps for Life: Renewing hope, improving quality of life, and prolonging survival for cancer patients through the restorative power of exercise…Exercise, Thrive, Survive!
Breckenridge Village: A caring residential community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities.
Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County: supports and connects families dealing with all forms of dementia with direct services and resources they need to care for loved ones diagnosed with these debilitating diseases. The Alliance emphasizes a variety of brain healthy initiatives for everyone in order to slow down and reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s and dementias.
Soles4Souls: Everyone deserves a good pair of shoes. Shoes provide health, hope and happiness. This organization provides short-term relief and long-term solutions locally and around the globe. In 10 years, they have distributed 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries.
Christian Women’s Job Corps: Equips women with job skills and life skills in a Christ-centered environment to find better employment and build a future for their families.
Literacy Council of Tyler: Sees generational impact when they give adults the opportunity to achieve literacy through instruction in basic reading, ESL programs, GED prep, and Career Pathways. This sets them up for success that may not have otherwise been accessible to their families.
Public Safety: Funding from our race goes to providing lifesaving equipment for the men and women who serve as police officers, firefighters, EMTs and in our local county agencies. We also hope to equip them with tools for to care for their own health so that they can continue to keep our families safe.
Children’s Advocacy Centers: A love for children, passion for justice, and vision for a restored childhood. CACs exist to minimize the trauma children face when they have been victimized by abuse and to provide the resources needed for children and families to begin the healing process.
Children’s Village: A children’s home that strengthens the community by providing healing and hope for neglected and abuse boys and girls in Northeast Texas.
So, if you are looking to run and donate to one of these organizations, consider signing up for what is soon to be considered the best 15k in the state of Texas! We are proud of what FRESH 15 adds to Tyler, with not just a great event, but a great impact as well! There’s still time to register!
Sign up at www.BGCracing.com.