!! UPDATE !! UPDATE !! UPDATE !! UPDATE !!
The Second Annual Alpine Autism Awareness 5K
Walk/Run set for Saturday April 18th has been
rescheduled due to weather.
The new date will be SUNDAY MAY 3rd, 2009
Join them on Sunday, May 3rd, 2009* at America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There are still many ways to participate!
- Register to walk or run for only $10.00 (Families $20.00)
- Collect pledges on you own by creating your personal website
- Sponsor someone who is already registered (it’s easy and safe to donate on line)
- Volunteer, we have many opportunities to help organize the event
- Become a corporate sponsor
- Event day Registration begins at 9 a.m.
- Walk/Run starts at 10 a.m.
If you have any questions contact 719-955-3767
7875 Deer Hill Grove
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Spring means showers and flowers and walk-a-thons!
Soon as the weathers starts turning warm — and in Colorado Springs that’s never a sure bet — folks start planning charity fundraisers involving walking and running.
One of the first of the season is the Autism Awareness Month 5K Walk/Run scheduled the morning of April 18 at America the Beautiful Park downtown.
Unlike national walk-a-thon events, such as the Autism Speaks event scheduled in May, many local events keep all proceeds in the community.
That’s the case with the April 18 walk-a-thon. All proceeds will go to fund operations and staff at the Alpine Autism Center near the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in the Mount St. Francis convent/nursing home complex in Peregrine.
Fundraisers tied to athletic events such as walk-a-thons and races are big opportunities to generate donations, according to the Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council of New York, which tracks the events.
The walk-a-thon events have their roots in the March of Dimes, according to the organization’s Web site:
In 1950, parents in Pheonix organized a door-to-door campaign to raise money to fight polio. “Turn on your porch light, fight polio tonight.” The group raised more than $45,000. That event evolved into the annual Mothers March campaign. Last year, 600,000 volunteers raised $19 million, the Web site said.
Even the March for Babies evolved from the organization’s WalkAmerica, which started in 1970 and has raised more than $1.7 billion over the years holding events in 1,100 communities.
For a complete list of the top 30 fundraising walk-a-thon/races, check out this link at the Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council. Burrow deeper for a spreadsheet that shows each event’s growth over the past two years.