About

About

The Baltimore Run for Bears is a fundraiser for the UMPS CARE Charities children’s hospital program called BLUE for Kids. The BLUE for Kids program provides memorable Build-A-Bear Workshop® experiences for children across the country coping with cancer and other serious illnesses.

Key Dates:

Aug 16 - Start fundraising
Aug 20 - UMPS CARE to mail out race entry forms
Aug 27 - Reserve hotel rooms (first-come-first-serve)
Sep 9 - Race entry forms due back to UMPS CARE
Sep 9 - Minimum fundraising target due date
Sep 30 - UMPS CARE to mail out running shirts
Oct 1 - RSVP for post-event party
Oct 16 - Race day

Participants of the Baltimore Run for Bears:

  • Raise $500+ for the BLUE for Kids program. (Couples raise $750)
  • Receive online fundraising page and support to meet the goal.
  • Are eligible for fundraising incentives and event prizes.
  • Receive complimentary race registration.
  • Choose from a variety of distances to run/jog/walk – 3.2mi., 6mi., 13.1mi., 26.2mi.
  • Stay at the Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel at reduced rates.
  • Enjoy a memorableday of fun and exercise as the Baltimore course travels through the scenic Inner Harbor waterfront area, historic Federal Hill and charming Fells Point.
  • Attend a post-race celebration at Frank & Nic's West End Grille!
 
WHEN: Saturday, October 16, 2010 beginning at 8:00am.

WHERE: Baltimore, Maryland. The course starts just outside of Camden Yards and includes views of scenic Inner Harbor, Ft. McHenry, and the famous Fells Point area.

REGISTER TO RUN: To get started, click the "Register to Run" tab at the top.  Complete the form and we will send additional details, including a link to your personal fundraising page, within 3-business days.

FUNDRAISING: Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $500 in pledges by September 1. (Couples $750)  Participants encourage family, friends, and business contacts to pledge financial support for their effort. UMPS CARE Charities provides support to help you reach your goal – including a personal Web page for credit-card donations and materials to assist in the fundraising effort. Fundraising incentive prizes are available.

RACE FORMATS: Runners may select to participant in any of the four races – marathon (26.2 mi), half marathon (13.1 mi), marathon relay (5.9 to 7.1 mi range per leg), or 5K (3.2 mi). One of the more popular races of the Baltimore Running Festival is the Marathon Team Relay. Running the same course as the marathoners, the Team Relay consists of four participants per team with each runner selecting a portion of the marathon course to run. All running skill levels are welcome – we will group like-minded participants together to form competitive teams, intermediate teams, and teams comprised of those who with to combine light jogging with walking.

ALUMNI CHALLENGE: We are recruiting alumni teams from UVa, Virginia Tech, and the University of Maryland to compete head-to-head for bragging rights. We also welcome additional alumni runners to participate in the 5K at the same fundraising level as the Alumni Challenge runners. Click to View Alumni Challenge Flyer.

HOTEL: Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor (Camden Yards) – The Marriott Inner Harbor is .2 miles from the Marathon start line, .5 miles from the Half Marathon start line, and .6 miles from the expo. UMPS CARE Charities has negotiated a very favorable rate for a limited number of rooms available for out-of-town guests who meet the minimum fundraising goal before September 1, 2010. Check-In Friday, October 15 and Check-Out Sunday, October 17. Rooms reserved are Double Beds Non-Smoking.

FUNDRAISING INCENTIVE PRIZES: Participants receive an official Run for Bears Dri-FIT running shirt - ventilated, high-performance, and sweat-wicking design. Additional incentive prizes include Complimentary Race Entry, Admission to the Post-Event Party, UMPS CARE Charities Gift Pack and Nike Gift Certificates.

POST‐EVENT PARTY AT FRANK & NIC'S: You raised the money and trained for months. When the race is over, we will meet at Frank & Nic's West End Grille for a post-event party. Party includes complimentary food with beverages and prize/award ceremony. Time: NOON – 2:30PM.

AWARDS: Awards are presented to the top fundraiser and the fastest finishing relay team.

REGISTER TO RUN: To get started, click the "Register to Run" tab at the top.  Complete the form and we will send additional details, including a link to your personal fundraising page, within 3-business days.

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UmpsCare More than 1,000 children coping with cancer and other serious illness will receive a Build-A-Bear Workshop experience in 2011 thanks to your efforts in Run for Bears in 2010.

UmpsCare Major League Baseball Umpires partner with team mascots to provide Build-A-Bear Workshop experiences for kids with cancer and other serious illnesses.


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