March 11, 2010

The Third Annual Operation Smile 5K

Oh, how I wish I had found out about this sooner, but what can you do?!

The Third Annual Operation Smile 5K is happening ON CARTER'S BIRTHDAY!!  It couldn't be more fitting.

What is Operation Smile?

It is an organization that provides free cleft lip and cleft palate repair surgeries to kids in over 50 countries.  How cool is that?

All of the proceeds from this 5K will go to Operation Smile. Over the last two years they've managed to raise over $10,000 which has provided surgeries for over 41 children.  Wow!

We've decided that there is no better way to celebrate Carter's birthday. Michael will be running the 5K while I'll be taking all three kids on the one mile walk.  I know that there are a few of our family members who will be joining us, and anybody else who wants to can find the information for the race here.  We'd love it if you decide to help us celebrate Carter's birthday by helping a cause we believe in.

I'm feeling like this run is a better way to show support for Carter than the city run in July.  First, it's for a charity, and not just for the city.  Second, it's for a charity that we can certainly relate to and believe in. We're still planning on doing the city's fun run in July, but will probably hold off on getting shirts made until we do the Operation Smile 5K again next year.  Here is a little more info on the Operation Smile 5K.

It is being held on March 27th, 2010 at Mt. Timpanogos Park - Up Provo Canyon (Hwy 189) about 1.2 Miles, Orem, UT.  It starts at 10:00 a.m., and you can register online by visiting http://www.operationsmile5k.com/ .

Here are some notes from the website:
If you are looking for one of the best trail races in Utah County, this is the right race for you. This is one of the most beautiful courses around with breathtaking views, a wonderfully laid out course, and a fantastic running atmosphere. This race was created by volunteers to benefit Operation Smile. Operation Smile is a nationally renowned non-profit organization that does cleft-lip and cleft palate surgeries for children all over the world. Over the past two years we have raised over $10,000 and plan on making it even more of a success this year! There will be music, food, drinks, random prize drawing (good prizes!) and much more!


Pre-race registration for the 5K Run is $15. Day of race registration for the 5K run is $20. Pre-race registration for the 1 mile walk is $12. Day of race registration for the 1 mile walk is $15. A sweet race t-shirt will be given to each person that pays the registration fee. Online registration will close on Friday, March 26th at 6:00 p.m. MDT.

3 comments:

Preemie Miracle said...

Thank you for coming over to our blog. I have found your little guy to be quite the cutie! I hope that he is doing well. We loved our craniofacial team at the local childrens hospital. I dont know where you are but from the look of it he has a pretty amzing one. He is a cutie. Keep up the good work and come back by!


Nancy

Mom to Tyler

Becky said...

I have a friend who is a child life specialist that just came back from a trip to Jordan where she helped the children before and after their surgeries. SUCH A NEAT organization!!!

Kelli said...

This sounds great!! Wish I lived closer!! :)