Want to run for free? Well then you’ve come to the right place. We have a limited number of charity runner positions available, and all you need to do is reach a fundraising goal set by the event, and you get a free entry! Each year we partner with a local charity, usually in Saco, and help raise money during the holiday season.
Process for a Free Entry
It’s pretty simple, really. First, you need to sign up for the race (any of the races or the walk). Then, all you need to do is sign up as a charity runner here, and raise as much as you can for the charity we are working with this year. The first 10 people who reach the goal of $250 will receive a full refund of the entry price. Our goal is to raise as much as possible, so you can keep going right past $250 if you’re able to! You can also use the free entry to get someone else in the race if you would rather do that.
This year we wanted to try a little bit of a different process. We thought that if we limited it to the first 10 people to reach the goal, but allowed everyone to sign up to try, we would be able to raise much more for the charity we partner with. So, even if you don’t think you’ll reach the goal in time, we ask that you still do your best to help those in need this holiday season.
This Year’s Charity Partner
For 2018, we have decided to partner with the Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation. In the February of 2003, at the age of thirteen, Michael suffered a traumatic brain injury secondary to a snowmobile accident. He was transported via life flight to Eastern Maine Medical Center where he underwent immediate brain surgery. Michael’s survival was nothing short of a miracle. His recovery included weeks in a coma, months of intensive rehabilitation, and years of further medical care.
As a teen, Michael found purpose in community charity work. He joined the Knights of Columbus and at Thanksgiving donated his time at his local church delivering meals to those homebound in the community. On Holidays Michael enjoyed bringing cheer into local nursing homes, even dressing his pug Bubba as Santa’s reindeer at Christmas.
On October 6, 2010 Michael suffered a Grand Mal seizure and he passed away from complications at Maine Medical Center on October 14th, 2010.
Through his triumphs, trials, and tribulations, Michael taught his family and friends about life. The courage and perseverance we witnessed in him helped us find the strength to begin this foundation. Through the Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation, we truly hope to emulate and mirror the goodness that was Michael.