Wednesday, October 06, 2010


This year, once again, I have had the pleasure of being involved behind the scenes for Run4Rett.

Race Details:

WHAT: Timed 5K and 1K Fun Run/Walk

WHEN: 11AM - Saturday, October 16th

WHERE: Richmond Green Park, Richmond Hill, ON

• Awards for 5K Finishers
• Door Prizes
• Face Painting and Bouncy Castle
• Post Race Food (BBQ!) and Entertainment
• Silent Auction with Fantastic Bid Items
• Amazing Race Kits **see below**

• Headsweats Visors
• Free Passes to Casa Loma, Science Centre, Museums, Art Galleries, Zoos
• Dinner Theatre Tickets
• Movie Passes
• Alberto Gift Basket
• Udderly Smooth Gift Basket
• Thermos Hydration Bottles
and more!!!

All proceeds go directly to the Ontario Rett Syndrome Association.

My good friend Juliana has a daughter with RS, which is how I came to be involved with this event.

Rett Syndrome is caused by a random genetic mutation and is considered to be a severe neurological disorder affecting 1:10,000 female births. It is often misdiagnosed as autism, cerebral palsy, or a non-specific developmental delay. Many girls experience seizures, scoliosis and the inability to communicate verbally. Girls and women with Rett Syndrome are dependent on their families and/or caregivers for life.

On Monday night, several of us got together for a Race Kit Stuffing Party! It was incredible to see how much product had been donated (many thanks to my sister who has done a wonderful job for the second year as Fundraising Coordinator) and to see everything come together.

all items not pictured

This is an excellent, family-oriented event and I highly recommend it to anyone in the area. Bring the whole family out for a fun-filled day!

I am also looking for volunteers.

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY HUBBY! Here he is finishing Run4Rett last year.
(Can you tell that he has a favourite top to race in too??)


Unknown said...

what a great cause. it's awesome that you take time to "give back"

Lily on the Road said...

Wow, you always payback to the running community, good for you and your sister, all the swag looks awesome!

Have a great race, wish we lived closer, I'd be there in a blink....

Anonymous said...

wow thats a nice goody bag!!! im jealous.

i can volunteer. thats the day before my marathon, and id love some inspiration from other runners.
email me details on where and when!

No Longer Using said...

yay! looks awesome.

and lol about the hubs having a top, too. you are team pink + yellow.

Anonymous said...

awesome! that's great you take time to volunteer! also, those leaves in the picture are gorgeous!

Denise said...

i love helping out with race prep. it's fun and you realize just how much goes in to putting a race on.

happy bday hubs!!

Anonymous said...

that is a lot of nice swag! and sounds like a great cause too.

Hunnybee said...

Little man is all excited about his first big race!

Runners Fuel said...

Awesome swag!!

lish said...

Yay for the Hubby's Bday....funny...our hubby's are one day apart and I believe you and I are 3 days apart! Go October Birthdays!!

teacherwoman said...

What a great cause to run for!

Happy Birthday to your hubby! :)

Jen said...

What a great way to get involved and give something back! Well done Marlene!

If I was there I would totally volunteer to help you out :(

Have fun!!

J said...

I remember when you did this last year! Such a great cause.

Happy Birthday to your hubby!

Laura said...

this looks so great..If I weren't going to be away..I'd volunteer.

Jill said...

What a great cause. You're so awesome to volunteer - kudos to you! And happy birthday to the hubby :).

Heidi said...

How awesome to be involved in this event. I hope it goes well for you. Quite the loot bag!

Boris T said...

Great cause, best of luck with the event.

Andrew Opala said...

awesome that you help out like this, and happy birthday to your husband!

Char said...

You guys are all doing such a great job supporting this cause. The loot in those bags is impressive - would have taken a long time to finish the bag-stuffing.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

So cool, I would love to be a part of a stuffing party..

Yes the yellow, I have noticed that on your hubbs often.


Jamie said...

what a great cause! how great the family works together to give back. And that swag is top notch!

Lindsay said...

great shot of mark running! you guys are cute with your "racing tops". i am the same, well except in "non-serious" races i don't wear my "PR top" :)

that race gets the hookup on loot! look at all those freebies!

happy blog-world birthday to mark! (since i already facebook-birthday'd him)


Nicole said...

I never realized how hard coordinating race stuff was until i actually did it. phew!

happy birthday to your hubby!

Felice Devine said...

Great goody bag. That's awesome that you are doing that.

Happy birthday to the hubs!

Julie D. said...

looks like you guys have done an amazing job getting the race together! We knew a girl with Retts too. Sadly she passed away last year. Thank you for putting together a race with such a great cause!

EndorphinBuzz said...

Looks like a great race kit!

Happy birthday to your husband!