Portland, November 11th. The Cause + Event Foundation hosted its inaugural race for 300 athletes who like to run for a cause. Instead of an event benefiting one cause, runners selected from several local charities, and some suggested their own beneficiaries. The event featured a 5K walk, 5K run or 10K run in the Bethany area of NW Portland and raised over $6,000.
Launched in January of 2012, the Cause + Event Foundation is donating $5 to every runner’s nonprofit of choice. “I am passionate about a few causes that are close to my heart,” said Amy Little, Race Director. “As with many runners, I want to have the flexibility to run and raise money for MY cause. We hope this event is very successful for years to come.”
Utilizing local resources and being environmentally responsible are two of the many unique aspects of the event. “Our goal is to be a zero-impact environmental event and we’ll do everything we can in our first year to reach our goal,” said Waste Management Coordinator and certified Master Recycler Audrey Schaab. The race also featured childcare.
When asked why she wants to volunteer her time for the race Amy Little said, “I want to give back and raising money for local nonprofits through my favorite activity is a great way to do it.” Little has a few favorite charities, but most recently she has been supportive of charities relating to women’s health issues. Little was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in June of this year, and throughout her treatment has continued to move forward with plans for the race. “Now, more than ever, I can see the significance of what we’re doing. It’s special, and I’m blessed to have the opportunity.”
For more information, go to www.causeandeventportland.com.