The Red Shoe Run For Donor Awareness is held every April to celebrate National Donate Life Month, increase donations of organs, tissue, eye, blood and marrow, and raise funds. This year, it will be Saturday, April 10, at Northern Illinois University-Rockford, 8500 E. State St.
The event includes a competitive 5-K run with prizes in 15 age divisions; a non-competitive fitness walk; an awards ceremony; and an inspirational program. Online registration is available at www.redshoerun.org.
Pre-registration pick-up will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 9, at NIU-Rockford. The race day schedule is: registration at Northern Illinois University-Rockford, 6:30-7:45 a.m.; fitness walk begins at 8 a.m.; 5-K run begins at 8 a.m. Awards will follow race results.
The 5-K course starts at Northern Illinois University-Rockford through the rolling hills of the neighborhood, north on University Avenue to Rote Road, returning on University Avenue to the Northern Illinois University Center. Medical support will be provided by Lifeline Ambulance Service LLC, a division of OSF St. Francis Inc.
Why a Red Shoe Run?
Organ, tissue and eye donors save and restore lives. Today, more than 100,000 people are waiting for an organ. Eighteen patients die every day because of the shortage of organ donors. More than 1 million tissue transplant surgeries take place every year in the U.S., restoring movement and sight and alleviating debilitating pain. Go to www.donatelife.net to join your state’s organ and tissue donor registry.
Every week, the Rock River Valley Blood Center must collect 1,000 units of blood to save the lives of our families, friends and neighbors. A single donation can help save up to three lives. Giving feels amazing. Go to www.rrcvbc.org to learn more and schedule an appointment.
How you can help
Your entry fee and especially your pledges will fund the Rock River Valley Blood Center’s Be the Match Marrow Registry to cover tissue typing costs and recruit more donors. With your participation, this program can bring hope and help to many more in need.
Pledges are the key to fund-raising for the Red Shoe Run For Donor Awareness. make your donation first and ask family and friends to support your efforts in the run or walk through monetary donations. Their generosity will help those who need marrow cell transplants. Run, walk or pledge for all of them.
All pledge money must be turned in prior to the race. A Grand Prize will be awarded to the top individual fund-raiser and the top team fund-raiser. Special prizes will be given to individuals for pledges totaling $100, $200, $300 and $500.
Registered corporate teams
Teams consist of a maximum of five walkers, runners or a combination. All registered team runners are in competition for individual race awards. All teams are eligible for pledge awards.
Other event details
No roller blades, skateboards, bicycles or pets are allowed on the racecourse. Splits will be called at 1 and 2 miles. Water stations will be provided. Refreshments are available. Race results will be announced at www.rockfordroadrunners.org and www.redshoerun.org.
For more information, contact Charles Smith at (815) 398-9628 or Julie Tilbury at (815) 965-8751.
From the March 24-30, 2010 issue