Some deer hunters may be trading their trusty boots for running shoes on New Year’s Eve to help others who are in need.
The 29th annual Wolverine Resolution Run is set for Dec. 31 at 3:30 p.m. in East Grand Rapids, Mich.. The four mile run/walk around Reeds Lake will support Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Oncology Resource Team (P.O.R.T.) and is sponsored by Wolverine boot and clothing brand.
P.O.R.T. is a program of the children’s hospital that supports families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening diseases. From care bags for unexpected hospital stays, to super sibs clubs for siblings of diagnosed children and support groups for their parents, P.O.R.T. helps families in the most difficult situations.
“Learning that your child has a life-threatening condition is a heart-wrenching moment,” said Colleen Thompson, P.O.R.T. program coordinator. “During the non-stop treatments and appointments that immediately follow diagnosis, we help families with basic needs so that they can completely focus on their child.”
Race entrants are asked to donate $5 to P.O.R.T. with their entry fee, which Wolverine matches dollar for dollar. Every entrant who donates at least $5 to P.O.R.T. will be entered into the Charity Challenge drawing; the grand prize winner will receive an airline ticket to anywhere in the continental United States. Numerous other door prizes and giveaways also will be part of the drawing.
“The Resolution Run brings attention to and supports P.O.R.T, a program that provides irreplaceable services to families in our community when they need it most,” said Kelly Redinger, marketing director for Wolverine. “We hope the community gives generously to this deserving organization, and Wolverine pledges to match all Resolution Run donations to P.O.R.T. dollar for dollar.”
Online registration is available for $28 (including a $5 donation to P.O.R.T.) until Dec. 28 at classicrace.com, and all registrants will receive a 2012 Resolution Run T-shirt. From Dec. 29 -30, registration is $30 (including a $5 donation to P.O.R.T.). Check the website for information on weekend registration locations.
“Anyone can participate in the Wolverine Resolution Run, from life-long runners to active families,” said Joe O’Brien, Classic Race Management race director. “It’s a fun, healthy way to start the New Year and support a deserving organization like P.O.R.T.”