Will You Run for Hope This Year?

Written by Jenny Holmes, with assistance from Kassie Heisserer.

Some people run for fun, some run for the free shirt, but on September 16, 2017, we will Run for Hope!

Bridges of Hope is honored to partner with the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce for the 5th-annual Run for Hope, as part of the 44th annual Nisswa Fall Festival and 12th annual Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

The Run for Hope has undergone a few transformations this year! In addition to moving north to Nisswa, the Run will begin at 8:30 am–to avoid hazards from past years like swatting mosquitoes and the possibility of tripping in the dark–and a 10K run has been added, in addition to a 5K, a 2-Mile Walk and a Kids’ Dash. (Click here to register now.)

This year’s shirt is a soft (heathered) charcoal grey and features a bright blue logo, but you’re only guaranteed a shirt if you register by August 31!

In addition, the first 200 registrants will receive a limited-edition grey seamless bandana with a blue “Run for Hope” logo!

Proceeds from the Fifth-Annual Run for Hope will support work with individuals and families throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area. Last year alone, Bridges of Hope worked with over 1,600 households with concerns ranging from childcare and transportation to mental health, physical health, housing and transportation.

Finally, the Run is only successful thanks to our generous community sponsors. Click here to view a list of this year’s sponsors! Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting Nicholle Dean via email or by calling 218.825.7682.

For entry fees and additional information, visit http://bit.ly/rfh2017.

We’ll see you in September!

A Glowing Success – 2016 Run for Hope

Post by Jenny Holmes, guest blogger.

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Over 100 adult runners and walkers, along with kids of all ages, recently participated in the ‘Run for Hope,’ a glow-in-the-dark event to raise money for Bridges of Hope. For a complete list of finishers, visit the Run for Hope 5K results page at http://bit.ly/RFHresults.

The fourth-annual Run for Hope was held on July 23rd at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. Over $6,000 was raised to support Bridges of Hope, a faith-based nonprofit serving over 2,400 households annually in Crow Wing County and surrounding communities.

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Prizes were awarded to the top finishers in each age group and to individuals and teams with the ‘Best Glow,’ or creative glow-in-the-dark attire. We have some great photos on our Facebook page, which you can view here.

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We want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to our Presenting Sponsor for this year’s event: Wes Anderson Insurance; to this year’s ‘Glow Big or Go Home’ sponsors: Insty Prints and Nystrom & Associates; and also to the rest of our sponsors for the Run for Hope this year: we appreciate your support!

Thank you to all who had a part in making this event such a success. This event doesn’t happen without a lot of support from our community, and we are grateful and honored to reach even more individuals in the Lakes Area through the help of this fundraiser.

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We are also collecting feedback from those who participated in this year’s event, as well as from those who didn’t attend the Run this year (or who never have), so that we can improve this great fundraiser in the future.

Thank you for your support of Bridges of Hope!

Run for Hope – A Success!

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What a fun day!

Last Saturday, we partnered with the Journey North Community Church (TJN) to host the first-ever Run for Hope. It was a huge success! More than 140 people registered to walk or run and many others came to cheer us on. I was one of those 140 registered “runners.”

Flashback with me a few months ago. There was snow on the ground. It was cold. I was in an exercise slump that I am sure none of you can relate to (wink, wink). I received a call from Sheila at TJN saying, “We’d like to host a 5k as a part of our Wellness Initiative and we’d like to have the event benefit Bridges! How does that sound?”

“Great!” I said and agreed to attend a meeting the next week with her & Pastor Mark. They had all kinds of ideas already in progress and I was very excited. Pastor Mark said, “We need you to do something.”

Okay, I thought, they’ll need some help promoting the event & some volunteers at the event. No problem.

“We’d like you and some of your staff members to run in the event” said Pastor Mark.

“WHAT?? I am NOT a runner. How am I going to get out of this?” – – – – is what I was thinking.

What I SAID was, “Sure. I’ve been wanting to start running & this will be a good goal for me.” GULP!

Weeks passed & plans began shaping up for the Run for Hope. What did not begin shaping up was ME. Exactly one month before the event, I realized I really had to start “running.”

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Thanks for all your hard work, Sheila!

I downloaded a running app on my iphone, put on some sweats, tennis shoes & a sweatshirt (remember May…when it was STILL really cold?!) and I went for my first “run.” Yep, I walked for 5 minutes, ran for 90 seconds, walked for three minutes, ran again for 90 seconds, etc. I thought I was going to fall over! It was so hard! Remember, I was NOT a runner (at this point).

Well, I stuck with it and ran/walked every other day for a month. A few of us on our staff & board swapped training stories and it was starting to feel fun. The runs were really hard some days & went well on other days.

The big race day came & I wasn’t quite through with my training, but I managed to run the first mile-and-a-half (trailing my 9-year-old daughter & almost everyone else the whole way, mind you!). I took a little walking break & then ran some more. Low & behold, I finished the Run for Hope in just under 40 minutes which was my goal. Hooray!

At the finish line, I celebrated with so many people who, just like me, had just finished their first 5k and with some people who had done this before.The energy at the event was amazing. I was so inspired by all the participants who spanned a variety of ages, ability, fitness levels & anxiety levels! We were cheered on by spectators, family, friends & volunteers. It was a very powerful experience — I felt like a “runner!”

At Bridges of Hope, we cheer people on every day to make adjustment or changes in their lives to improve their well-being. We are so thankful to TJN for hosting this great event to challenge us, to support us & to raise awareness about the work we do. To all of you who helped with the planing or on race day and to all of you who ran, walked, or cheered us on: THANK YOU!

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We really did have runners, walkers & crawlers (in their strollers, anyway!)

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I made it to the finish line!

 

Fred-Mark Golf Tournament Raises $15,000

It was a chilly day for golf but the warmth for Bridges of Hope was more than present from the 200+ golfers at the 22nd Annual Fred-Mark Charity Golf Tournament. Our staff & board members had the opportunity to greet golfers in the morning & serve them lunch in the afternoon. We also hosted a Closest to the Pin contest & a Silent Auction at dinner.lunchlunch tent staff

Sponsorships totaled nearly $10,000 and the golfers’ participation in the events of the day brought in another $5,000 for Bridges of Hope’s work with families in the Lakes Area.

This brings the 8-year grandbat winner & Jana total of funds raised at the Fred-Mark to over $80,000! Wow!

A great day was had by all and we are, again, so appreciative to Grand View Lodge for including us in this class act tournament! If you haven’t made your summer vacation or “stay-cation” plans yet, we highly recommend Grand View Lodge!

If you’re not a golfer, and running or walking is more your style, sign up for the Run for Hope which will take place next Saturday, June 15th in partnership with  Journey North Community Church.Run Logo

There are so many ways YOU help us build Bridges. Thank you!

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Run for Hope – Moved to Paul Bunyan Trail

Hello friends! I want to give you a quick update about the Run for Hope – we are moving it to the PaPB trailTrailul Bunyan Trail.  This first ever Run for Hope is taking place on June 15th. Please register to join us!

This 5k is for people of all ability levels. A few of our staff are brand new to the “running scene” and are using Couch to 5k type apps to get ready for June 15th. If we can do it, YOU can too!

We plan to run a little, walk a little and even crawl if we have to. Join us!

For only $20 (for those 10 & up), you get a great looking t-shirt, the book Every Body Matters, and a water bottle. Children under 10 are welcome to walk or run with a registered adult and there is no registration fee.

Click here to register. We hope to see you on June 15th at the Paul Bunyan Trail!

Time to Dust Off Those Running Shoes!

Spring is finally here, really, it IS! The sun is shining and soon the snow will melt & be replaced with green grass! We’ll all be motivated to get outside and get moving whether it be in the garden, at a park, going for a walk or maybe even a RUN!

Speaking shoesof going for a run, I am excited to announce that the first ever RUN FOR HOPE 5k/10k is scheduled for Saturday, June 15th and you can register now for this awesome event which is being sponsored by The Journey North Community Church to raise money in a fun and healthy way for Bridges of Hope.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this event so spread the word!

Your $20 registration fee includes a great looking t-shirt and a goodie bag! Runners & walkers are invited to help raise money for Bridges of Hope. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers.

Click here for more information or to register for the RUN FOR HOPE!

Happy Spring!