Running with the Bears is so excited to introduce our 2019 Charity Runner Team! 

Since, 1986 Mountain Circle has supported over 3,500 foster children and families in their journey to a healthier and happier future.

Building trusting relationships with these children, who may have lost faith in everyone who was supposed to keep them safe, is our mission. Our staff acts as role models and advocates for these displaced children.  The funds raised allow us to provide emotional support, financial assistance and some fun activities for these children whose lives have been severely disrupted.

Each year we are humbled and amazed by the level of support and enthusiasm our charity runners display.  By fundraising they are helping to change the lives of these incredible children and we cannot thank them enough for their support!

First, we would like to introduce, Barbara Rausch!

1. What made you decide to be a Charity Runner?

I’ve never raised money for a race before and  thought , “why not?” I like that 100% of the monies raised goes to Mountain Circle.

2. Is this your first year being a Charity Runner for Running with the Bears?

Yes! First time running Bears, too.

3. Do you have any fundraising advice for other people who aren’t sure how to get started as a charity runner?

No, I have no experience at fundraising. I’m doing what I can do because I know any amount helps.

4. How did you find out about our race, and what made you sign up?

I was on a mission to upgrade my level for Marathon Maniacs, so I signed up for the marathon. I actually was able to level up last month. I’m now going to run the half marathon and enjoy the beauty of the area. I’m really looking forward to this race.

5. What kind of runner are you (are you in it for the adventure, the donations, or are you in it to win it)?

I’ve come a long way in the last nine yrs. I had weight loss surgery in 2010 and have maintained my 150 lb weight loss. I started running five years ago because my son was a cross country runner. I would run with the team during their summer conditioning. My first 10k was in 2015. Since then, I have run too many 5ks and 10ks to count, 44 half marathons, and 10 marathons. I’m in it for the adventure. I’m generally a middle to back-of-packer. I’m not too fast, but I have great endurance. I like to enjoy myself at the races and have fun.  A nice medal also helps make it a great day.

6.      If you had a message for the foster children that you’re fundraising for what would it be?

Tell them that there ARE people out there that do care about them. They will only meet a fraction of these wonderful souls, but those people work to give them a better life. Don’t give up. Stay focused. Stay in school. Good things will come.

 

Up next, we would like to introduce, Maria Koll!

 

1. What made you decide to be a Charity Runner?

What drew me to the race was that it is a Boston Qualifier.  Becoming a charity runner was an added bonus to help others.

2. Is this your first year being a Charity Runner for Running with the Bears?

Yes.

3. Do you have any fundraising advice for other people who aren’t sure how to get started as a charity runner?

Start early.  Reach out to family, friend and co – worker.  Reach out to local businesses.

4. How did you find out about our race, and what made you sign up?

Through friends that ran and became charity runners themselves.

5. What kind of runner are you (are you in it for the adventure, the donations, or are you in it to win it?

I am in it to win it.  I hope to qualify for Boston!

6.      If you had a message for the foster children that you’re fundraising for what would it be?

Every person is deserving of happiness and love.

 

From all of the volunteers, staff and foster families
of Mountain Circle Family Services,
THANK YOU! 

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