Childrens Heart Running Team

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About the Team

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The Children's Heart Running Team is comprised of runners of all levels who have chosen to raise money for children's heart disease as part of their participation in the annual Baltimore Running Festival. The race this year will be held on October 18, 2014. Members of the Children's Heart Running Team have included cardiologists from UMMC's Children's Heart Program, nurses, family members, students and community friends who've heard about the team and want to run for a good cause.

All the money raised by the Children's Heart Running Team goes directly to the Children's Heart Program at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital, where we care for patients with heart disease from before birth through childhood and into adulthood.

Registration Information

Running with the Children's Heart team is FUN for runners of all levels! Here's what runners need to know to get involved:

  • To register, call Ali Hoffman at UMMS Foundation at 410-328-4609 or ahoffman2@umm.edu.
  • You do not have to be a marathon runner to participate! Team members can participate in the 5k, half marathon, full marathon, relay or Kids Fun Run.
  • Runners must pay a $25 registration fee (discounted rate) and raise a minimum of $100. You do not have to be a marathon runner to participate! We offer discounted race entry fees for the Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, and 5K - as well as free entry to the Kid's Fun Run!
  • Runners must raise a minimum of $100.
  • Prizes are available for the top fundraisers.
  • All runners receive a Children's Heart Running Team shirt from Under Armour.
  • Runners who refer 3 other participants get entered into a drawing for a pair of Newton running shoes.

Runner Testimonials

Carla Adkins

Dr. Carissa Baker-Smith


Children's Heart Running Team FAQs

Is joining the Children's Heart Running Team an all-year thing or just a one-time race?

Runners who join the Children's Heart Running Team are committed to only one race a year. The Baltimore Running Festival, which is planned for October 18, 2014. Runners can train at their leisure and participate in any race (5k, relay, half or full marathon) they choose.

Do I have to be an employee or student at the University of Maryland in order to participate?

No, anyone is welcome to join the team.

What is the fee to register for the running team?

The fee is half of what you would pay to register directly with the Baltimore Running Festival: $20 for the 5K, $30 for the Team Relay, $40 for the Half Marathon, and $50 for the Full Marathon.

How much do I need to fundraise?

The expectation is that you will raise a minimum of $100.

Where does the money raised go?

The money raised goes directly to the Children's Heart Program. Last year the money raised was used to purchase advanced diagnostic equipment to diagnose heart defects in unborn babies.

How do I fundraise?

When you register for the team, you will automatically set up a personal fundraising page. Here you can upload photos, write your personal story and send out emails to friends and family asking for their support.

If I'm not comfortable asking for money what do I do?

You can post a link to your personal fundraising page on social media sites or hold a fundraiser at a local restaurant and ask that they donate a portion of their proceeds back to you.

Why should I join this team?

You should join this team to help the 1 in 1,000 children who are born with heart disease and need advanced treatment in order to survive. As a bonus, you receive an Under Armour shirt made specifically for the Children's Heart Running Team. We will have giveaways and raffles for all the top fundraisers, team functions and a tent on race day with a catered breakfast!

Can I sponsor a runner?

Yes! Sponsoring a runner is a great way to show your support and help a runner meet their fundraising goal. Click here to find your runner.

Sponsorships

The Children's Heart Running Team is looking for sponsors to help promote this great cause. For information on supporting this team, contact with Ali Hoffman at ahoffman2@umm.edu or 410-328-4609.

Volunteer

Not a runner but want to help the team in other ways? Volunteer with us! Contact Ali Hoffman at ahoffman2@umm.edu or 410-328-4609.

This page was last updated: September 16, 2014

         
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