3rd Annual SPC 5k & Fun Run
What: The 3rd Annual SPC 5k benefitting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
When: Saturday, March 4th 2017 (7:00 - 11:00) - fun run begins at 7:30 with 5k immediately following
Where: SPC Clearwater Campus
Fun Run Registration: $10.00 - one-mile
5k Registration: SPC students (Free) - All other students & school/university faculty ($15.00) - All non-students/community ($20.00)
* 100% of the registration costs go directly to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
* Additional donations are encouraged.
* The participants absolutely love high fives and signs, so please bring your friends and family to cheer them on.
This is a fun event on a beautiful course along the Rheem Wilson Trail and, most of all, every dollar raised through donation or event registration goes to boys and girls from all fifty states who are fighting cancer. Following the completion of the 5k, there will be a reception and awards presentation inside the ES building of the campus with food and beverage.
Hello everyone, I'm Dan. I became a Hero for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital about four years ago. I started out running 5k's and soon graduated to 10-milers and half marathons. During my first full marathon my body broke down and I couldn't finish. I completed 21 miles and could not take another step. You're exactly right, I had only 5 miles to go and couldn't make it. On the bus back to the starting line I, like many others, was dejected. My head was in my hands and I was fighting back tears. Tears from the pain and from the emotional loss. I was defeated.
Or was I?
I don't know what came over me in that moment or why, all of the sudden, my brain finally began to think straight, but I realized that I wasn't defeated. I couldn't put it into words (at the time - more on that at the end of this blurb), but I felt ashamed for feeling down. I felt ashamed for thinking "poor me". There are many boys and girls out there who would give anything to throw on a pair of tennis shoes, instead of a hospital gown, and step onto a race course, instead of surgery table, and run just one mile. I got to run 21.
So I became a St. Jude Hero and now I run for the boys and girls who cannot. Oh by the way, with the support and love from my family and friends, and my wife right by my side the whole way, I finished my first marathon the following year.
The SPC 5k is very dear to me. As an alumni, I am very honored to continue to be a part of its tradition. Please join me on March 4th for a short 3 mile stroll through Clearwater and maybe, if you are adventurous, pack a bag and run with me in Nashville for the Country Music half-marathon. The 13 mile course, through one of the best cities in the country, will take your breath away.
Every step you walk, stroll, skip, jog, or run is a step towards defeating childhood cancer.
One more quick story: About a month or so ago, while this event was still in the planning phase, I was at the pool with my 6 year old son, Kristopher (him and his brother will be running in the 5k and they love high fives by the way). He was swimming with our neighbor when it started to rain. I told him that we had to start packing up just in case there was lightning. Like all 6 year olds in a pool will do, he stalled. Then the rains came down even stronger. It was a scene right out of a movie; huge rain drops crashing into the surface of the water as he swims through them with a big ol' smile. So, I said to him, "Kristopher, what are you doing buddy?" to which he replied without missing a beat, "I'm living daddy".
The human spirit is the greatest gift. I run the miles for all of those who want to but can't. Please join me in fighting childhood cancer so that one day, soon, the hospital rooms are empty and the playgrounds are packed once again.
3rd September 2016
I'm dedicated to using my running to make an impact. As I train for my race, I'm raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to donors like you:
Thank you for donating and helping me reach my goal for the kids of St. Jude!
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