US Foods Run for Bears

US Foods Run for Bears

The US Foods Run for Bears is a fundraiser dedicated to providing memorable Build-A-Bear Workshop experiences for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Supporters of UMPS CARE Charities will raise money for the BLUE for Kids Hospital Program and then come together on May 5 & 6 to run the Wahoo's 5k or OC Half Marathon.

A hospital stay can be a frightening time for children and their families. Major League Baseball umpires, MLB umpire wives, sports team mascots and supporters of UMPS CARE team up to host Build-A-Bear Workshop experiences at children's hospitals across the country. Hospitalized children dress their cuddly friends while high-fiving the mascot and sharing a laugh with a major league umpire. With the money raised from the Run for Bears event, UMPS CARE Charities will host 14 children's hospital events in 2018, including four in California.  

UMPS CARE is once again partnering US Foods Corona, Los Angeles and San Diego to put on the OC Run for Bears on May 5 & 6! This group of dedicated supporters has sponsored the BLUE for Kids visit at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County for many years. Last year they raised enough money from the Run for Bears to add a hospital visit at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego AND for us to add the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles this year! Show some love to help them reach their fundraising goal this year by donating here. 

Thanks to all of the runners and to US Food for their sponsorship.
If you are interested in participating in a Run for Bears event or starting your own, please contact Jennifer Jopling at or 801-599-1706.

To learn more about this program watch our BLUE for Kids video.

Participants from the 2017 OC Run for Bears