Resolution Run 5K & 15K a success!
Wow! What a race! We had about 1,300 runners start the new year at the San Diego Resolution Run 5K & 15K at beautiful Mission Bay Park on Jan. 9. Everyone we talked to at the race was positive and a good mood prevailed as we took in the De Anza Cove scenery.
I want to send a huge “thank you” to all of those who participated, in particular our 25 sponsors and about 100 volunteers. And of course, thanks to Road Runner Sports, which partnered with Sandy Feet Events to present the 2011 Resolution Run 5K and 15K. In addition a super special thanks goes out to HealthForce Nutritionals. They not only provided healthy green drinks and other nutrition products as raffle prizes and samples, but also volunteered as our overnight security detail.
Through everyone’s efforts, we were able to raise about $1,000 for San Diego Renewable Energy Society’s Junior Solar Sprint event.
Runners also raised money for charities of their own choosing. To prepare for the race, Sandy Feet Events formed Team Sandy Feet, an opportunity for runners of any level train for the 5K or 15K. One of our Team Sandy Feet runners, while training for the Resolution Run 15 K, raised more than $1,000 for the San Diego Wheel Chair Games. Plus, she won free shoes from Road Runner Sports for her efforts! Another Team Sandy Feet member is raising money for GAIO, a nonprofit that benefits children in Africa. I also want to give a shout-out to running training team, Justice in Motion, who participated in the Resolution Run as a team.
The San Diego Resolution Run 5K & 15K event provided a venue for some great causes to get their message out including Rancho Coastal Humane Society, SDRES, GAIO and San Diego Roots. We’re happy to hear about all of the success our sponsor Pitaya Plus had at the race. Pitaya Plus makes super juice, smoothie packs, and dried fruit packs among other products from sustainably farmed Central American super fruit, pitaya. Pitaya Plus hires single mothers to process pitaya in their Central American plant. The company also uses renewable energy. At the Resolution Run, Pitaya Plus handed out T-shirts and asked runners to tag their race pictures in a SuperMom contest on Facebook. Pitaya Plus says they gained more than 800 fans on Facebook through SuperMom and has had great feedback from the promotion. Pitaya Plus recently got confirmation that WholeFoods will begin carrying their products in California.
Being kind to the earth is a mission of Sandy Feet Events (hence SDRES being a main partner charity). To help us keep our event impact light, Ty McCormick brought a mobile solar panel (photovoltaic) array from Power Solutions Alternative Energy Products to power our stage sound system. Our trophies followed the reuse tenet–created by recycled bike parts from Resource Revival. Of course, we offered recycling, and composted what we could.
Also, we would love to get feedback from runners –it’s the best way we can continue to improve our events. Next up: the IMPACT Fitness Challenge Feb. 26.