It is that time of the year again, we are so jazzed to announce our 5th Anniversary Getty Owl Run/Walk registration is open!
I cannot yell from the rooftops loud enough!!! We are so excited and just so thankful that we have had the capacity to organize and produce this event on behalf of Getty Owl Foundation. We certainly are excited about this being our anniversary year. This year is extra special for us because we get a real chance to take pause (even during the craziness of planning a run :)) to reflect on how far we have come.
When Mark and I set out to create Getty Owl Foundation, we weren’t quite sure who would care. I mean honestly, if you think about it, here we were a new family fighting for our daughter’s life on a daily basis, would there be time to do both? When we were creating the foundation we had our reservations. Would we be able to balance taking care of Getty, give her everything she needed to live a fulfilled, happy, and healthy life while also helping our SMA community and help our greater Sacramento community understand how important it was to understand what SMA was and how we needed to band together to fight this disease as a community? The answer was yes, yes, and yes!
I will be honest, it has been hard, but it has NOT been impossible. We have been very proud of our efforts in raising SMA awareness and helping families fight SMA for their children. I can’t tell you how rewarding it has been as a mother to help other parents fight for their child’s health. It has also been rewarding to have conversations with all kinds of people that want to help advocate and want to help spread the word about SMA. This journey as a family and as a foundation has been one of beauty and fortitude.
As I sit writing this post, my mind is taking inventory of all of the simply amazing individuals, families, and companies that have and continue to help us reach our potential as a foundation. Making connections with people from all over the world who just want to help lend a hand in any way they can has been a priceless experience. Thank you to every single person that has helped Getty Owl Foundation become what it is today.
What I do know is that we are making a difference spreading SMA awareness. We are making a difference for families affected by SMA. We are helping to provide needed funds to help further research to one day find a cure for SMA.
That makes our hearts happy and it helps us realize that this fight to end Spinal Muscular Atrophy has and will continue to be worth it. Getty and all of her friends will always be worth the fight. Always!!!
So in the spirit of reflection and celebration, we are so honored to present our 5th Anniversary Getty Owl Run/Walk! Maybe jazzed is not the correct word. We are ELATED to put on our 5th Anniversary Run/Walk!!!!
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Full race information click HERE!
We are so excited to announce and offer to every registered entry a Commemorative Participation Medal. This truly is our way of thanking everyone for their continued support of Getty Owl Foundation. With your support we have been able to raise over $150,000 in the past four years.
For those that come year after year, we thank you for your loyal support and ask that you come this year and help us celebrate. You have all given Getty Owl Foundation the opportunity to make this event not only special for us, but for our greater Sacramento community. Bring your family, friends, co-workers, classmates, and help make this a day to truly remember.
For those that have not participated and are thinking about it, let me give you an idea of what you can expect to experience.
Getty Owl Run/Walk has always been a day to celebrate family and friends. Our 1/4 mile kids run is fun for not only our kiddos, but also for the parents to see them fly with the greatest of ease. We give away prizes at the beginning of the race that seems to always be popular. This year in particular will be pretty cool. In years past we have given participation ribbons to all of our races :). This year we have medals in addition to our event t-shirt for all kids. Dinger will be in attendance to support and entertain the crowd.
Our 5k and 10k and routes hug the beautiful Sacramento River along the parkway. The routes complement a wide range of abilities. From elite runners to weekend strollers, this race is for you.
Post-race family festival incorporates music, vendor booths, and food. We throw a little party after everyone has given it their best. 🙂
Registration includes a goody bag, event tech shirt, and this year a commemorative participation medal.
If you would like to participate, but cannot physically be in attendance, we have the option of becoming a Virtual Runner.We will send you all of the perks of physically being there. It is kind of cool. You can run a 5k in Minnesota to support us and get an event shirt, bib, and medal. 🙂
If you or a company you know would like to participate in becoming a sponsor of our event, here is our KIT!
We hope you can join us on February 28th.
We thank you in advance for your continued support of Getty Owl Foundation.
We thank you for banding with us for the past 5 years in our fight to end SMA.
Thank you for giving us the ability to put on such a special day for the last four years. Let’s make our 5th the best ever!!!!!