In 2010, my grandmother Julia Sparks died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. In honor of my grandmother I would like to build a team to run races and raise $10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association of Oregon. I want 2011 to be a “Year of Memories”.
In order to achieve our goal we’ll need a team of people who are dedicated to run, walk, crawl across finish lines and people to support, raise money and cheerlead our team.
The plan in a nutshell is this: Run a 5K in March (Lucky Clover 5K in Eugene, March 19), a 10K in May (Solaire Salmon Run, May 7), a half marathon in July (Smith Rock Sunrise Summer Classic, July 9) and a marathon in October (Portland Marathon, October 9).
I will set up a “team” page on the Alzheimer’s Association website so that people can donate online. I’ll also take care of any other donations so that they all get to the right place.
What I need from you? I need your legs, your energy and your expertise. I have run all the distances except a marathon (I walked the Portland in 2009). My hope is that we will be able to get together for some training runs and maybe even get a “team” shirt to wear while we run the races to bring awareness to our cause.
I hope you will consider participating in the Year of Memories and we can create some great memories of our own and raise money to allow others to help cure the horrible disease of Alzheimer’s.
There will more details to come as we move into the new year. Feel free to invite anyone you think would be interested in joining us.