Make a List: All 50 Races and Causes

It was a joy to choose these races and causes, to run miles (ranging from 1 to 311/500K) in their honor, to share 50th birthday donations and shine a light on their missions.


Diakon Outdoor Adventure Challenge 5K

Bethany Beach First Responders Sports Weekend, Half Marathon

The York White Rose Run (5-Miler)

Grete’s Great Gallop 10K by the NY Road Runners

The Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) 5 Miler for 5 Charities

Harrisburg River Runners Mural Run (5-Miler)

Blood Sweat & Tears 5 Miler & 5K Challenge (8.1 miles)

Gulliver’s Run 5K 

Dover 10-Miler

Rock N Run 5K, Augusta, GA

The SMT Turkey Trot 5K

Cocoa Bean 5K

The Jingle Bell Dash 1-Miler

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell 5K Run

The Santa Shuffle 5K

The New Year Run Challenge, 20 miles with Fleet Feet Mechanicsburg

The John Rudy 5-Miler

Relief Run 5K

The Indian Rock 10K

The Jacobus 5-Miler

 The Springettsbury 10k

 The Northeastern 5k (the last “real” race prior to the pandemic)

 The Capital 10-Miler: A Race for the Arts (the first virtual race amid the pandemic)

Lucky Charm 10k (virtual)

 16th Annual Race Against Racism, Harrisburg (virtual)

 22nd Annual Race Against Racism 5K, Lancaster (virtual)

The Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run 5K (virtual)

15th Annual Logan’s 5K Run for Autism (virtual)

“Running Is Not Cancelled” Virtual Half Marathon

Run for the Animals 5K Virtual Glow Run

Run for It 5K (virtual)

 Run for Redding 5K (virtual)

“The Big Run” Half Marathon (virtual)

Run Across America 5K (virtual)

1 Million Miles for Justice (I contributed 50 miles)

The (Virtual) Fight for Air Stair Climb

The June Miles Challenge, organized by the Harrisburg Area River Runners (100+ miles)

The Philadelphia 76 Challenge (76 miles)

The Great (Socially Distanced) Treasure Map Three Mile Run by the Harrisburg Area River Runners

The One NY 500K Challenge

The Carlisle Downtown Mile (virtual)

Run with Rivs (virtual, half-marathon)

The 39th Annual Harrisburg Mile, LIVE, with social distancing

The 22nd Annual Rail Trail 10-Miler (virtual)

The Runnsylvania 283 (283 miles run challenge)

Run Wild for Wildwood Virtual 5K

St. Jude August Miles Challenge (100+ miles)

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K (virtual)

The Brave Like Gabe 5K (virtual)


Benefits at-risk youth through wilderness experiences, via Diakon Youth Services

Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and First Responders

Not One More, York Chapter, dedicated to fighting addiction, especially opioid addiction

Benefits AKTIV Against Cancer, which integrates physical activity into cancer treatment

Downtown Daily Bread, serving meals to Harrisburg’s homeless since 1983

Sprocket Mural Works, uplifting Harrisburg PA through art

The Emily Whitehead Foundation, funding innovative childhood cancer treatments 

Canine cancer research and trials at Hope Veterinary, Malvern

York Road Runners

 When Help Can’t Wait, helping nursing home residents with basic needs such as clothing 

 Vickie’s Angel Foundation, helping families facing cancer with household costs

Local food banks and the Penn State Health Emergency Food Box Initiative

St. Francis Xavier Catholic School Development Fund & kicked off The Gettysburg Christmas Parade

The Arthritis Foundation

My favorite local running store, Fleet Feet Mechanicsburg

Outreach to impoverished areas of India via the nonprofit Communities Rising

 York Road Runners Club & their Winter Race Series

The Australian Red Cross, aiding people affected by devastating wildfires in Australia

York Road Runners Club & their Winter Race Series

York Road Runners Club & their Winter Race Series

York Road Runners Club & their Winter Race Series

York Road Runners Club & their Winter Race Series

Five Harrisburg-area arts organizations including the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

 Benefitting Girls on the Run and Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District

 The YWCA Greater Harrisburg

YWCA Lancaster

Special Olympics of Pennsylvania

The Autism Society of the Greater Harrisburg Area

COVID-19 Relief, via Heart to Heart International

The Humane Society of Harrisburg

To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), battling self-injury, depression and suicide

American Cancer Society

 Girls on the Run (GOTR)

Feeding America, the nonprofit organization that oversees U.S. food banks

The National NAACP & partners Fleet Feet, Black Girls Run, National Civil Rights Museum

The American Lung Association

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Back on My Feet, transforming the lives of the homeless through running

The Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area

COVID-19 relief efforts in New York by Direct Relief

The Employment Skills Center, Carlisle, PA

Runner Tommy Rivers “Rivs” Puzey and his family, as he battles rare lung cancer

The Harrisburg Area YMCA

The Arc of York County

Heart to Heart International, COVID-19 relief

Rebuilding one of the boardwalks at Wildwood Park, Harrisburg

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Susan G. Komen, dedicated to breast cancer education and research

Rare cancer research, via the Brave Like Gabe Foundation, to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center