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In these unprecedented times, the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan continues to serve families with ill children in the hospital, while redefining what support looks like to also keep them safe from COVID-19. Our families are among those most vulnerable. We serve the families who must be protected, and we are no strangers to the fear, stress and toll medical uncertainty takes.
We have always prided ourselves on celebrating the strength of our families and our House, rather than dwelling on the challenges they’ve overcome. We’ve seen superheroes triumph and game masters solve the most difficult medical puzzles. We’ve celebrated birthdays, graduations (from the NICU and from high school), gone off to college and welcome hundreds of babies into this world.
For the past 20 years, we have supported families of ill children while celebrating that strength.
But sometimes, being strong means knowing when to ask for help. And now we must ask for help.
To keep our families and our community safe, we must adapt how we function, and change how we serve our families.
The most immediate of these changes is the cancellation of our 20th Run for the House. Though many of you already know we were unable to host our 20th Run for the House on Sunday, March 22, 2020 as planned, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Run rather than postpone it.
We simply don’t know when a large event such as the Run will be safe for our families, and yours. Despite the impact this will have, we know the health and safety of our families is our mission, and we must honor it and honor their strength by supporting them in staying healthy.
And just like medical uncertainty can cause fear and financial strain for our families, it does so for us. The Run for the House is our single largest fundraising event each year.
So we’re asking you to please help us to adapt and evolve how we serve our families -- how we keep them close while keeping them safe, how we deploy new tools and new ways of helping families connect and how we support families unable to come to the House physically because of what’s happening.
Although we are unable to host a 2020 Run for the House due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still help the House:
These are difficult, uncertain times. But we are strong, and we know our community is strong too. We don’t know what additional changes, adaptations and evolutions will happen in the coming days, weeks and months. We stand ready and willing to do what it takes to continue to support families, to prioritize their health, and to keep the community around us healthy.
Thank you for continuing to help us, and standing strong beside us.
Carolyn Hurst, Executive Director
Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan
AN EXCITING NEW LOCATION:
The 2020 Run for the House will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan and our 20th Annual Run for the House with a new location and title sponsorship: Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.
Our runners will enjoy the trails and trees at MSUFCU’s headquarters campus on West Road in East Lansing. MSU Federal Credit Union has been involved in the Run for the House since 2013, and is thrilled to host us at this serene new location with ample parking and a lovely, safe race route.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
RACE DAY REGISTRATION 8:30 AM
KIDS MILE & SPRINT 9:30 AM
10K RUN & 5K RUN/WALK 10:00 AM
KIDS ACTIVITIES 9:00 AM - 12:00PM
*Shirt opt-out option available!
Help make a difference for families of seriously ill children. Your participation in the Run for the House 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run and Kids Run will help the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan provide a home-away-from-home for those families who have a child being hospitalized or receiving treatment at Lansing-area hospitals and clinics. The House offers a comfortable, inexpensive and private place for families to sleep, eat and relax. Here families find a caring atmosphere where they can receive strength and encouragement from others who are also going through difficult times.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
Beat the crowds on race day! Join us at Playmakers or MSUFCU Headquarters for early packet pickup!
Race packets will be available for pickup at two locations before the race on Friday, March 20, 2020 at:
Playmakers (2299 W. Grand River, Okemos) from 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. OR
MSUFCU Headquarters Branch (3777 West Rd., East Lansing) from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
You can also pick up your race packet on race day on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at MSUFCU Headquarters.
The Run for the House is part of the 2020 Greater Lansing Race Series. This year, the Greater Lansing Area Race Series is comprised of 12-13 events from March to September that serve to challenge runners and walkers in our local area to get out and compete throughout the summer to earn awards for the fastest overall, age-graded, and age group athletes. To close out the season, there will be a celebration event in October where the participants will be awarded. There is no need to register for the race series itself. Simply register and participate in any of the race series events and you will be scored automatically! For more information and details, click on the logo to visit the GLARS website.
Check out our new course at MSU Federal Credit Union!
5K Walkers/Runners will run a single loop.
10K Runners will run a double-loop.
Be sure to continue the fun and join us at Spartan Hall of Fame Cafe after the race for great food as we celebrate the 2020 Run for the House!
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