Watch out! This mother-daughter team is back for 2018!

Kirstin and Courtney have been with Running with the Bears and Mountain Circle from the beginning.  Not only do they volunteer to help before and after the race, but they are also our newest Charity Runner team!! You can view their fundraising page HERE.

We asked Kirstin and Courtney to tell us more about their family, their running, and how we at Mountain Circle got SO lucky to have them care so much about our cause!

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1)     Welcome back to Running with the Bears!! What motivated you to become more involved as a Charity Runner?

KIRSTIN: Raising money to help the foster youth of CA & NV is a cause that I feel strongly about and I want to do my part to help Mountain Circle reach its fundraising goals.

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CORTNEY: Knowing that I could take part in something that makes my heart happy (running) and do something to help the children & families getting aid and assistance from Mountain Circle was my initial motivation. However, as I learned more about Mountain Circle and thought about the triumphs and victories an average family experiences, my need to help and do something bigger than me grew. It’s through community and support that we thrive and it’s through us & Mountain Circle that the kind families & amazing kids can do the same!

 

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2)     Do you have any fundraising advice for people who aren’t sure how to get started as a Charity Runner?

KIRSTIN: Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask your boss, lots of companies will match donations, ask your neighbors, remember when you bought Girl Scout cookies from their daughter? Share on social media and ask everyone that follows you. Make your emails, posts interesting with your personal reasons for becoming a charity runner as well as links to Mountain Circle, people like to know who and what they are donating to.

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CORTNEY: Swallow the awkward and uneasy feeling you might get at first and just go for it. Not a penny is for you so why feel bad or guilty for asking, you’re doing it for the kids! Social media is an obvious option and great way to spread the word on both RWTB & Mountain Circle but I found asking personally gets a quicker reply so text, email or even a phone call. Also, get crafty. Ask a fitness instructor friend, or one you enjoy at your gym, if they’ll host a fundraising class, do a bake sale at your kids or niece/nephew soccer game or band concert. Did you win something cool?Auction it off. Like I said, get creative and think about events or places you’ve been yourself and donated.

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3)     How did you find out about our race, and what motivated you to register?

KIRSTIN: I grew up spending my summers at the Walking G Ranch outside of Taylorsville and this area has always been home to me. I’ve been a runner all of my life so when I heard there was a race being held in Indian Valley, I couldn’t wait to sign up.

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CORTNEY: Although I am familiar with the area, I learned about RWTB from my mom. When I began my running journey back in 2012 RWTB was my 2nd 10k (ever) and the atmosphere alone both pre and post race has kept me coming back. This year will be my 2nd time actually racing but I’ve been a pacer for my mom in the full, volunteered & even ran in several friends on the Fleet Feet Team. This year, I have the fun goal to complete 18 races ( 10k or longer) and when researching races, RWTB was the 1st race I registered for back in Dec. 2017. There’s just something about this race that is unlike any other.

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4)     How would other runners describe your style– are you in it for the adventure, the donations, or are you in it to win it?

KIRSTIN: I am most definitely in it for the adventure, the views, the awesome people and to help raise money for what I feel is a very worthy cause.

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CORTNEY: I am in it to win it, but based off my own expectations and goals. The views never disappoint, and the post-run eats are great, but I like having a goal that only I can achieve. Being a Charity Runner adds to the goals I’ve already set for myself, and it switches up those race morning jitters. Race day means more than just crossing that finish line.

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5)     If you had a message for Mountain Circle’s foster children and teens, what would it be?

KIRSTIN: I love the services that Mountain Circle offers and I am so happy to be a Charity Runner this year in support of each and every one of you!

CORTNEY: Despite what you may have already endured and the craziness happening in the world, there are good, kind people. There are people who care about you, that want to help and support the mission and services of what Mountain Circle is all about. I am one of those people. Why? Because when people work together for a greater cause great things happen. Plus kids are awesome and deserve a life filled with family, support, encouragement, exploring & love. That’s why I am a Charity Runner for Mountain Circle, in hopes of making all that and more possible for each and every one of you!

From the staff, volunteers, and foster families of Mountain Circle: THANK YOU!!! We can’t wait to support you on race day! 

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