Join Children’s Health in the upcoming Red Balloon Run and Ride at the Children’s Health Plano campus. The signature fundraising event, benefiting Children’s Health, is scheduled for April 22 beginning at 7:15 a.m. From a 1K fun run to a 72-mile bike ride, there is something for everyone at the event, including activities for children and families. The Run & Ride is produced by Passion for Children’s for the exclusive benefit of Children’s Health. Alliance Data is the Run & Ride’s title sponsor, in 2016, the Run & Ride attracted more than 15,000 people to the Plano campus, located at 7601 Preston Road, and raised more than $762,245.
In addition to the pre-race registration fee ($5 to $15 for children; $35 for those over age 12), participants are encouraged to support Children’s Health by donating an additional amount, or creating or joining an existing team committed to raise funds for a specific cause. Each team – last year there were 212 – chooses a specific area at Children’s Health to support with their fundraising dollars. Grateful patient families, friends and even Children’s Health medical staff and care teams support cancer, heart disease, organ transplantation, gastroenterology, allergies, the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern and more. When registering, participants can join an existing team, form their own team, register as an individual runner or cyclist, or simply donate.
The Red Balloon Run & Ride starts at 7:15 a.m. with a bike rally, and by 8:45 a.m., the 5K cycling participants roll out. There are also cycling courses of 23, 36, 57 and 72 miles. The 1K fun run starts at 9:30 a.m., and the 5K run/walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Families and children can also participate in plenty of activities, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., from bubble-blowing to hula-hooping and chalk artistry to face-painting – all free. Food trucks on site will offer breakfast and lunch fare, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Children’s Health.
“What a great opportunity for families to get outside together and enjoy a day of fun and exercise, with the added bonus of supporting Children’s Health,” said Brent Christopher, Children’s Medical Center Foundation president. “We are particularly proud to introduce Alliance Data as our title sponsor and join with them in supporting North Texas families where they live, learn and play. Children’s Health does a fantastic job of taking care of sick and injured children, but we also want to encourage and promote healthy lifestyles to keep kids out of the hospital in the first place. We continue to be encouraged by the commitment and support of our hundreds of Red Balloon Run & Ride teams – and, in particular, Joel
Williams and his Passion for Children’s organization.” Williams is an executive committee member of the Children’s Medical Center Foundation board of directors and an honorary life member of the Children’s Health System of Texas board of directors.
For more information, to register, to donate, and to view highlights from past events, please visit childrens.com/runandride. Share your photos on race day at #runandride
$5 to $15 for Children & $35 for ages 12 and over
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