The early morning was energized with music and an assortment of breakfast items to fuel runners before the race. More pre-race activities included families from UNC Children’s sharing testimonies about their experience with CFTK. The race was lively with smiling faces, and CFTK committee members were spread along the course encouraging runners as they ran 3.1 miles throughout the UNC campus and surrounding neighborhoods.
First and second place finishers were Club Cross Country team member Samuel Goldstein and UNC Marathon team member Joe Boyle, respectively. While they each frequently run races in the community, Goldstein “loves the atmosphere here” and Boyle says that “[KFTK] is so much more fun.”
With support from our sponsors, runners and volunteers, KFTK raised over $14,500 for the kids. All the proceeds directly benefit the patients and families of UNC Children’s by providing families with financial assistance for needs that are not covered by medical insurance including meal tickets, gas cards, and crucial bill payments. CFTK also funds programs such as Parent’s Night Out, the Children’s Play Atrium, and Research Grants.
The atmosphere of the event was one of excitement and positivity. “We are so happy with the turnout for Kilometers For The Kids this year,” said CFTK Executive Director, Bryant Gilchrist. “CFTK’s mission really motivates both the runners and the volunteers to spend a beautiful Sunday morning supporting the patients and families.”
After the race, families and children participated in a variety of different activities for kids to make the morning even more memorable. A popular addition to this year’s event was the appearance of the princesses from Moments of Magic, who had a meet and greet for kids who ran in the race. The kids loved taking special pictures with the princesses and designing their own crowns. The new edition to KFTK helped make the race an unforgettable event.
Following the race, many of the race participants stopped by the Frutta Bowls Benefit to refuel their tanks after a long race. The benefit lasted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and CFTK received 10% of all sales. The event was a great way for participants to come together and celebrate after such an exciting morning! CFTK is grateful for Frutta Bowls’ partnership in supporting the patients and families served by UNC Children’s.
Carolina For The Kids would like to thank all their runners, sponsors, and donors for their support of Kilometers For The Kids and helping to make KFTK extra special. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year at the 8th annual Kilometers For The Kids.