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It’s the homestretch for the Brewers Mini-Marathon. The event is sold out and if you have signed up and haven’t started training, what are you waiting for!? Less than three weeks until the big race!
In all seriousness, there is an important part of the Brewers Mini that we haven’t really touched on yet through the blog. There is the fundraising aspect to the race—raising money for a very important organization, the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).
For over 35 years, the MACC Fund has raised over $41 million for childhood cancer and related blood disorder research. It is a cause that has touched many lives, most likely someone you may know.
The MACC Fund works with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. In addition, the MACC Fund also sponsors research centers in Madison and Milwaukee.
The Brewers have teamed up with the MACC Fund to raise money for their cause. The race is a great way to shed some light on how important the MACC Fund is to childhood cancer research. If you would like to donate to Team John and Cait, you can do so by clicking here. You can also visit BrewersMini.com to donate in the name of any person running the Brewers Mini.
The MACC Fund has always been something that has been a part of my life. My family has always been involved and I’m proud to call a number of leaders of the organization good friends. MACC Fund Executive Director John, Cary, MACC Fund President Jon McGlocklin and my dad, John F. Steinmiller, who has served on the MACC Fund Board of Directors, have always been good examples for me of how important this organization is to the community.
From participating in the Children’s Fashion Shows when I was little (oops, my mom must have misplaced those photos), playing in the Hoop-It-Up 3-on-3 basketball tournament with my friends growing up, the Women For MACC Pasta Fest, attending the Bucks MACC Fund Game, working with Bob and Brian’s Radiothon and seeing the “MACC Star” on our Christmas tree every year, the MACC Fund has always been something that has been a part of my life. Growing up in the Milwaukee community, it is hard to miss any of their events.
The hardworking people who are a part of the organization as well as the children who benefit from their research will certainly be on my mind on September 22 when running this race.
Childhood cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death in children after the newborn period. While I do not have the same personal ties to the MACC Fund that John does, I do know that the MACC Fund is a wonderful organization supporting a very important cause.
So, if you thought about participating in the physical race yourself, but didn’t have the chance, you can still participate in another race–the race to wipe out childhood cancer and related blood disorders—one child at a time.
If you’re running the race and have already started fundraising, that’s great! Please know your support and efforts are much appreciated We’d also like to hear from you–what’s been working? Have you tried campaign emails or letters? How about a fundraising party, teaming up with others, or getting creative? Garage sales, bake sales and car washes are some easy and fun ideas to help boost your total.
I’ve been checking out the Fundraising page on the brewersmini.com and I’m thrilled to see terrific numbers coming in so far!
And because incentives are helpful not only in racing, but also in fundraising, Brewers Enterprises has some great ones to keep you motivated!
Various levels have been established to qualify for individual and group prizes. The top individual and group fundraisers will get their choice of prize within their qualifying level, all other fundraisers will be entered into a drawing for the remaining prizes for which they qualify.
Prizes include everything from autographed baseballs and rounds of golf to a private gourmet dinner for two at Home Plate in Miller Park and the opportunity to take batting practice! For a full list of prizes, click here.
So there you have it. On Saturday, September 22, we all have two common goals–to finish the race strong and to help support this important cause.
We hope that you will help support Team John and Cait, or become a fundraiser yourself!
-John and Cait
Note: If you’d rather give of your time, the Brewers Mini is still looking for volunteers for race day and other tasks associated with the event! Click here for more.
For all of you runners out there, the Brewers made an exciting announcement today!
We will be hosting an inaugural “Brewers Mini-Marathon” at Miller Park on Saturday, September 22nd. The 13.1 mile race will start and finish at Miller Park, taking participants on a scenic route past a number of iconic Milwaukee landmarks along the way, such as Saz’s State House, the Miller Valley and Miller Brewery, the Mitchell Park Domes, Potawatomi Bingo Casino, the Harley-Davidson Museum and Palermo’s Pizza. Runners will also run through the park along the warning track.
The event will come with plenty of fun and entertainment as all participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select 2012 or 2013 games at Miller Park, a participant medal, a “tech” shirt and a post-race tailgate party outside Miller Park with live music.
Great on-course support will be provided with 10 aid stations featuring water and Gatorade, misting stations, and entertainment along the way. Spectators will have plenty of free parking at Miller Park and will have the opportunity to watch racers run through Miller Park while being shown on the scoreboard.
Additionally, there will be an opportunity to raise money for the MACC Fund, benefitting childhood cancer research in Wisconsin. Participants can organize their own fundraising page online at www.brewersmini.com and donors can make donations online. Those raising money for the fundraising part will be eligible to win some great prizes. A sampling of those prizes are listed here:
- Tickets to Opening Day 2013
- Holding the finish line tape for the Klement’s World Famous Sausage Race
- A private dinner for two at Home Plate at Miller Park
- The opportunity to toss out a Ceremonial First Pitch at a 2013 regular season game
- Two tickets to the MACC Fund’s “An Evening with Aaron Rodgers”
- A Miller Park roof tour
Participants can register for the race at www.brewersmini.com starting today. The cost of the race is $65 for those registering by April 30, $75 for those registering between May 1 – July 31 and $85 for those registering between August 1 – September 19. For those registering on packet pick-up day, September 21, the cost is $100. Race packets can be picked up at Miller Park on Friday, September 21. If you are looking to volunteer at the race, opportunities are for that are also available on the website.
We are also announcing today that we are planning to participate in the race! We are going to have a donor page set up here and will be raising money for the MACC Fund. We are also going to be keeping our readers updated on our training for the race so you can follow along and track your training as well.
John: On a personal level, this involves two things that are special to me. I ran Cross Country while at Marquette High School (in fact, some of this course will be much of same route that we ran on a daily basis while training), so running has always been something that interests me. I have great memories of running Cross Country in high school, it was challenging both mentally and physically and I learned a lot from my coach Jim Kearney. I have never done a half-marathon before, but I’m up for the challenge.
Secondly, MACC Fund is also something that has always meant a lot to me. I grew up attending MACC Fund events with my family and I know the difference they make in the lives of children with cancer. I’m really happy the Brewers and MACC Fund are teaming up for this event.
Cait: Unlike John, I did not run in high school (I played golf instead), but I have completed a few 5K’s and one half-marathon since then. I wouldn’t consider myself a hardcore runner, but I do like to challenge myself by setting new fitness goals, like climbing Camelback Mountain when we’re down at Spring Training, participating in a 60-mile walk for breast cancer, etc.
My only other half-marathon was in Door County in May of 2010, so it’s about time I started training for another race and this is great motivation! It’s certainly going to be a fun one, for a great cause. I really hope you’ll join us!
Stay tuned to the blog to follow along with our training for the race!
–JOHN AND CAIT