A group of Ballard/Phinney moms decided to host an informal fun run through Ballard and Discovery Park last weekend, and donated entry fees to a Seattle-based charity called One by One. Twenty runners and six volunteers showed up for the five-mile and 13-mile routes, raising more than $1,200 (including employer matching.)
Fun run participants cross the Ballard Locks bridge.
“We think that’s terrific, and hope that other casual, community groups will be encouraged to try similar types of giving events,” Lexy Relph told us in an email.
Relph said the running group – SeattleTriMoms – represents most of the elementary schools in Ballard and Phinney, including Loyal Heights, West Woodland, Adams, Bagley, Salmon Bay, Whittier and Greenwood.
From the group’s event website:
The average per-runner donation was $37.50, which is approximately half the registration fee for a typical, privately organized half-marathon. 100% of the event’s collections are earmarked for One by One. In addition to participant contributions, friends and supporters have been pledging support to this deserving cause, runners’ employers are matching donations, and funds are still coming in.
This Ballard moms’ running group hopes to host another successful fun run for charity next year. Until then, individuals may contribute directly to One by One on their website (http://www.fightfistula.org/).
One By One contributes to the elimination of obstetric fistula worldwide by engaging the public and supporting those who work to treat and prevent fistula in the developing world.