Run! Geek! Run! not only supports Rita’s obsession with fitness (which is, of course, very important), but it also enables Ironistic employees to have a positive impact on the local community in an active way by supporting physical fitness while raising money for a worthy cause.
This fun, family-friendly road race has been taking place each September in the Washington D.C. area since 2008. Beginning in 2016, Ironistic teamed up with Hudson Studio to host the 5K. That year’s race drew over 250 participants and raised $10,000 in addition to general awareness for Capitol Post, a Virginia-based nonprofit that offers career transition services to military veterans and their spouses. The money went directly toward Capitol Post’s programming expenses to put on workshops, classes, and events for veterans in the Washington DC area. Supporting our veterans is important to us not only because of all of our personal ties to them through our friends and family, but also because we are keenly aware of the sacrifices they make on a daily basis to protect our freedom.
Our 2017 race was even more successful. Between the 370 entrants and the generous donations from our sponsors, we raised $15,000 for the Alexandria Firefighters Helping Hands Relief Foundation. This foundation assists members of the Alexandria Firefighters by providing timely financial assistance to the members and their immediate families who incur an undue hardship and require aid not available through insurance or assistance programs. Considering that the Alexandria Firefighters are in the business of helping others and rarely ever ask for assistance for themselves, this cause was particularly gratifying to support. This cause also holds a very special place in our hearts, as the Alexandria Firefighters saved our employee, Chris Metsala’s, life in early 2017. “After Alexandria firefighters saved our brother-in-law, good friend and colleague’s life after collapsing from cardiac arrest last January, the Alexandria Firefighters Helping Hands Foundation was our unanimous choice as this year’s race benefactor. We couldn’t be more thrilled to give to those who give so much of themselves to our community every day,” said race organizer Stacey Padova of Hudson Studio.
Mike Chandler, Chairman of the Alexandria Fire Fighters Helping Hands Foundation expressed his deep gratitude by saying, “This was a great local race, and the impact of this generous donation will be felt for many years.”
Read the official press release about the success of Run! Geek! Run! 2017. Did you run the race? Leave us a review on our client, Racethread’s, website and come join us next year on September 23, 2018 for Run! Geek! Run! and help us raise money for another (yet-to-be-determined) worthy cause.