Run M’ija Run

Every month, we offer at least 2 programs for our Hijas (and they are constantly asking for more!).  But to make these events happen, we need funds.  Every single dollar from your annual commitment goes directly to scholarships.  Programming dollars come from our necklace, grants, and any other fundraising or sponsorships we are able to secure.  Next year, we have big plans for our girls, but we need the funds to back up our dreams and their’s.  Won’t you join us by going the distance for Circle de Luz?

On March 6, 2009, our goal is to have at least 32 M’ijas and friends (they don’t have to be M’ijas and they do not have to be women) run the Corporate Cup race in downtown Charlotte as a celebration of raising funds for Circle de Luz.  If you aren’t in Charlotte or can’t travel to Charlotte, keep reading because we have an option for you, too.  Here is how it will work: 

The Corporate Cup has three different distances:  a half-marathon (13.1 miles), a half marathon relay made up of two 5 mile legs and one 5k (3.1 mile) leg, and a 5k (3.1 miles).   You can run or walk them or any part of them.
 
We are looking for at least 32 people to commit to participating in any part of the Corporate Cup and using it as an impetus to raise funds for Circle de Luz.  We’re calling it Run Big, Dream Big I.  Your goal?  $325.  Why $325?  There are 13 Hijas in Circle de Luz, and we are asking each participant to raise $25 for each girl.  By raising $325, you will provide 2 programs for the girls sometime in the following year or pay a full day of Circle de Luz wellness camp for one girl. 

If you decide to go for it, what happens?  Well, first, you’ll receive a packet from us of information on training for the run, registration for the run (which will take place after January 1),   and how to set up your fundraising web-site.  Want to check one out?  Look at Rosie’s here.       You will also get a sample first letter to send to your friends and family to begin your solicitation for the run.  Finally, as things get underway officially in January, we will organize group runs for whoever can participate on Saturdays in January and February and provide any additional help you might need leading up to race day. 

What we need right now is to know who is in.  Email circledeluz@gmail.com as soon as possible to let us know if you’d like to do it, what distance you are interested in (we can help you find a relay team if you’d like to run the 1/2 marathon relay and need teammates), and if you have anyone who also wants to do this with you.  Once we have our team of 32, we’ll send the welcome email with all the details you need.

Don’t live in Charlotte but would like to participate?  First, we’d love to have you so feel free to think about making plans to join us here on March 6th.  We are happy to help with the details of your trip if you think you might want to come to town to participate.  If you aren’t able to travel here but would like to do a run or walk in your community this spring to raise money for Circle de Luz, just let us know via email and we’ll help you work out the details and find a race that works for you in your area! 

Thanks so much for considering this great opportunity to enhance our program offerings!