Pretty Philanthropic

I love it when races give back to the community. I remember when I first started running, I would actually select certain races simply because they supported a great cause. Now, I take it for granted what local charity, family or possibly nothing my money is going to when I hit submit or toss an envelope in the mail. Luckily, some races take this into account and are willing to notify you when they partner with a great cause.


As a sponsored blogger (free entry in exchange for posting about my training) for the upcoming Pretty Muddy 5K race in Columbus September 14, 2013, I often receive different emails about the event as it approaches. I’ve shared with you how attending different races or time spent at the gym is helping me train. I’ve also shared about the release of the location and some of the brand partnerships, but I really want to take a moment to share the most meaningful aspect of this event.

Here is a portion of the email I received a few days ago:


We are pretty proud to be associated with and giving back to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for the second year. We started our partnership with this wonderful organization in 2012 and are thrilled to continue to support such a great cause for our 2013 season. If you are unfamiliar with ALSF’s inspirational roots and how they fund pediatric cancer research projects, you can learn more at


A quick background from their site, for those who aren’t going to click the link.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope.

We were given instructions on making personal pages to fund-raise, but I am choosing not going that route. Mostly, because I think it is easier to direct someone to a main page then to “compete” against each other for funds. However, if you want to donate to someone directly the Pretty Muddy Columbus pages will be located here. Right now it appears to be empty (it was announced earlier this week), but as we approach the event I’m sure more people and teams will be popping up.

That’s all I have for today. Short and sweet (like a small glass of lemonade!) I felt it was important enough to have it’s own posting though.

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