Spring is a time of rebirth, warm weather, and positive thoughts of the near future. If these warm feelings have given you the urge to do something good for your fellow community members, look to the upcoming events on the Trivium Racing calendar. In the next couple of months we have the privilege to work with some great organizations in the community who deliver support to those who really need it. The purpose of this post is to call attention to some of those organizations, who are the perfect reason to get off the couch and get active.
The All-America City Sprint Triathlon (April 25th) presented by Novant Health is special, not only because it is a 100% nonprofit event, but because it uses those race proceeds to support three individual non-profits. One is Project Divine Interruption. This Initiative exists to assist students struggling with housing and food insecurities. Another is the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, which serves to honor our veterans and those who lost their lives serving our country. The last charity that the race benefits is Children@Play, which works toward providing safe spaces for children and families to be active.
Declan’s Dash, a 5k in Kernersville on May 9th, directly supports Declan’s Foundation and the Declan Donoghue Colloborative Care Program. Since 2011, the program has been “helping many families find answers not previously offered with the help of multiple specialists coming together for one goal, finding an answer for kids with complex, unresolved medical issues.” The proceeds from their annual 5k go toward ongoing projects that build “places of play” for children in the Triad area. Trivium Racing is proud and honored to have this event as a part of our series.
The next consecutive event in the Trivium Multisport Series is the Ridgewood Try a Tri for Hospice (May 17th) put on by local tri coach and competitor Karen Buxton. Thanks to the support of the event’s sponsors, the event is able to donate 100% of its proceeds to the Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. When meeting with Hospice representative, Jane Gibson, I was under a misconception that the organization only handles terminally ill patients. It was amazing to learn of the broad array of amazing work that they do, including grief counseling, traveling medical service to those with life-threatening and non-life-threatening conditions, hospice care, and so much more.
The Greensboro Glow in the Park 5k on May 23rd in Greensboro also occurs to benefit Hospice. In a meeting with Jane Gibson of Hospice, she mentioned not only the financial benefit of the run to the work that the Hospice does, but the symbolic nature of what Glow in the Park is for folks. She pointed out that Glow in the Park literally provides what the Hospice and Palliative Care are giving its users: “A light in the darkness,” and, as Jane put “The gift of a normal day.”
There are many races out there that serve as fundraisers for organizations doing all kinds of great work in our community. If you are looking for a race to run this spring, consider doing one that gives back. Here are a few additional ones that we know of coming up in the next couple of months that might interest you:
- April 26, 2015 – Let My People Run 5k and Fun Run, benefiting B’nai Shalom Day School – Greensboro, NC
- May 2, 2015 – Gate City Sun Run 5k and Fun Run, benefiting organizations dedicated to ending human trafficking – Greensboro, NC
- May 15, 2015 – Dash, Dine, and Dance 5k and Mini-Dash, benefiting Colfax Elementary School – Colfax, NC
- May 16, 2015 – Flurry’s Hope 5k, benefiting the Second Chance Ranch blind horse rescue – Madison, NC
More information about these organizations and the amazing work that they do can be found by clicking through each link, as they appear in the paragraphs.