I Have a Question for You!

It’s Wednesday! We’re HALFWAY through the work week!!!

Today I mustache you a question…

I’ve been thinking about some of the fundraising I’ll be doing for the Chicago Marathon as part of Team PAWS. I really, really appreciate the comments from Cheryl, Jess, Jenny and others who have said they would be happy to donate!

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Adorable photos from Team PAWS Facebook Page.

To encourage more runnersΒ to give to this important cause I’m consideringΒ hosting a virtual 5K or 10K to help raise money for PAWS Chicago, the no-kill animal shelter I’m running for.

Everyone who donates $20 or so dollars would be able to participate in the virtual race and would receive a special Olympic themed finisher’s medal! (Not all of us can run in the Olympics but we can all be champions for animals looking for their forever homes!)

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For those willing to submit their times after the race, I could even send out special 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals adding a fun competitive element to the race.

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All of the costs associated with having the medals created and mailed would be covered by me, ensuring that the full donation you make for entering the virtual race would go directly to PAWS Chicago.

Before I put down any money towards the medals, I’d like to get a sense for whether anyone would even be interested in participating in a virtual race to help homeless dogs and cats.

If you would just take a second to vote in this anonymous poll I would really appreciate it!

I’d also welcome feedback on the donation amount you’re willing to give. Right now I’m thinking about $20, but if that seems too high (or low) let me know in the comments please.

Also let me know if you like or dislike the medal design and I can go back to the drawing board!

If I host a virtual race I want it to be one that you love! πŸ™‚

I’ve participated in virtual races for others who are fundraising and they can be a lot of fun if done right. We can use Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. to follow along with each other’s races and cheer each other on!

Of course if you have a doggie it would be SO PERFECT if you ran the virtual race with him or her and shared those pictures via social media! I might finally get Cecil that jogging stroller I’ve been thinking about so I can take him out for a spin!

Thank you in advance for voting and for commenting with any ideas/feedback/suggestions!

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40 Comments

  1. January 28, 2015 / 7:23 am

    I’m on board. We should chat because we have hosted about four virtual runs so far and that usually turn out great. Let me know if you have any questions. This is a great idea to help with fundraising.

  2. January 28, 2015 / 7:34 am

    What a creative fundraising idea! I’m all for it!

  3. January 28, 2015 / 7:39 am

    May I be in? I will have to do some other activity like cycle and water is it for me for now. I could walk my boot around the neighborhood, I guess lol

    • January 28, 2015 / 8:13 am

      Of course! Now that you’re pool running you can go for a pool running PR πŸ™‚

  4. January 28, 2015 / 7:42 am

    This is a great idea. I know that while I have been trying to collect donations for St. Jude for my first marathon, nobody wants to donate. I have posted on my facebook, twitter, blogged about it and the only people that have donated were a couple co workers. It is truly sad how many people think its a great idea until it comes to actually donating. I know I would gladly donate to your cause!! I know what its like to not get donations so I try my best to help others.

    • January 28, 2015 / 8:16 am

      You should add a little widget to your blog sidebar if they provide one. I don’t remember seeing your St. Jude link in the blog but I will definitely donate. I think other runners will support you!

  5. Molly
    January 28, 2015 / 8:11 am

    That’s a great idea. I would participate!

    • January 28, 2015 / 8:18 am

      Thanks Molly! I’m excited about planning it. I hope that others are interested too!

  6. January 28, 2015 / 8:19 am

    This is a really great idea, Kristina! You are just full of new stuff. Does your brain ever turn off? πŸ™‚

  7. January 28, 2015 / 8:38 am

    Love this idea! I’m actually not a big fan of virtual races just for the sake of virtual races, but I think this is just such a fun way to fundraise. Count me in πŸ™‚

    • January 28, 2015 / 10:32 am

      I’m the same way, I only participate in virtual races if they benefit a cause! I’m excited that you would participate! Yay!

  8. January 28, 2015 / 8:55 am

    What a fun idea! I’d love to participate in a virtual race! I’m not much of a medal person (literally don’t know where most of mine are), so I’d happily skip that. $20 seems very reasonable to me, and I assume that people can always give more if they want to.

    • January 28, 2015 / 10:38 am

      Thanks for the feedback Lizzy!

      Yes, I’m going to add a little area to the sidebar of the blog where you can donate whatever amount you want at any time. I just need to work on that!

  9. January 28, 2015 / 9:09 am

    Great idea Kristina! You’re so entrepreneurial!! πŸ™‚

    Is there an option to just donate without running the race? πŸ™‚ I think it’s a great cause and I am more than happy to support you and Team PAWS!

    • January 28, 2015 / 10:39 am

      Hey Hanna! Yes, there will be an option and I really appreciate the support! I’m going to put up a little widget or something in the sidebar of the blog soon where you can donate πŸ™‚

    • January 28, 2015 / 10:40 am

      Thank you! But I might have to ban you from the race since that would be unfair to anyone else trying to get first place πŸ˜‰

  10. Cheryl
    January 28, 2015 / 9:38 am

    I am in! I would take it one step farther and instead of a medal how about the winner gets a bag of pet food donated to a shelter in their honor?

  11. January 28, 2015 / 10:53 am

    I have never participated in a virtual race but I would definitely be up for it! I think most of us would agree that you should use the money you would spend on medals toward the animal shelter. Count me in. πŸ™‚

  12. January 28, 2015 / 11:36 am

    I’m in and I agree with Cheryl and Kristen – no need for medals:)
    What a great idea. I think $20-25 is a great amount. If you nix the medals you could just open it up and let people pick whatever amount they can do.

    • January 28, 2015 / 12:28 pm

      Hey Kim, great idea! I’ll definitely allow participants to donate as much as they would like, with a minimum of $20 or so to be a part of the race “festivities” πŸ™‚ So glad you would join in! I might need to create an ultrarunner division for you!

  13. January 28, 2015 / 11:57 am

    this sounds like an awesome way to raise money! i’ll definitely participate. and, another fun thing: f i get entry through the lottery, i’ll be fundraising for team paws, too!

    • January 28, 2015 / 12:29 pm

      Hey Brittney, how exciting that you’re thinking about joining Team Paws! So far I’ve had a really great experience with everyone I’ve spoken with there!

      I’m really glad that you would participate too! πŸ™‚

  14. January 28, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    Great idea! I agree with others that I would rather you make a donation to the shelter than get a medal. So, my personal situation is that I donate to six animal shelter/advocacy groups–three national and three local. Just to be honest, I would rather my money go toward local shelters or the three national ones I care about greatly. So for me, that amount is a bit too much. I would still like to show support though so would rather give a smaller amount and not get a medal (or have a donation go to the shelter.)

    • January 28, 2015 / 1:05 pm

      Hey Jenn, that makes a lot of sense to me! I know EXACTLY how you feel and will definitely keep that in mind in putting together the virtual race!

  15. Cocomama
    January 28, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    I’m down like a clown!

    5K’s make me tired and then leave me feeling like I “only” ran 3 miles. I would totally do the 10K option. $20 is a great entry fee ESPECIALLY if it’s for the kiddos (pet kiddos that is). I agree NO NEED for medals but it would be sooo fun to see a picture of me and my pug Pete on your blog. We would both run in honor of our beloved Chyna rottie girl who passed away in 2007.

    • January 28, 2015 / 3:13 pm

      YES! I am the same way with 5Ks! I’m dead at the end but five minutes later I want more!

      I can’t wait to feature you and Pete on the blog πŸ˜‰ I love rottweilers, I bet Chyna was so pretty!

  16. January 28, 2015 / 2:00 pm

    That is so amazing of you.!! To think of doing something like this is so sweet. I would love to run this virtual race. I’m all in.!!

    And the medals look great. πŸ™‚

    • January 28, 2015 / 3:14 pm

      Thanks Jessica! I’m glad you like the look of the medals! πŸ™‚

      I think it would be such a fun thing to do for everyone who has a pet or just loves animals!

  17. January 28, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    This is a FABULOUS idea! I’ve honestly never participated in a virtual race before, but have always been curious. But, honestly, l’ll totally donate to you! With or without the medals! πŸ™‚

    • January 28, 2015 / 3:14 pm

      There’s a first time for everything!! πŸ™‚

      You and Todd can race each other! haha

  18. January 28, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    It’s been great catching up with your posts Kristina! I’m really on board with this idea, I think it’s a great way to connect the running community as well as raise awareness for a great cause πŸ™‚ $20 seems like the right amount I think. I’ve never heard of a virtual race before, I love it!

  19. January 28, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    Um, hi, hello, YES I am so in. This is the coolest thing ever. I’d absolutely donate and totally agree with everyone else, no medal necessary! My dog is 13 years old so I’d probably push her in a stroller too πŸ™‚

  20. January 29, 2015 / 12:49 am

    I’ve never done a virtual race before- this would be a fun first one and extra special because it’s for a good cause πŸ™‚ Plus you’d send us medals?! That’s super sweet of you but totally not necessary…But you know we all love the #runnersbling hahaha;)