There was more care and friendship at the 5th Annual Lights of Love 5K than any other run I’ve participated in and witnessed in the past. Over 3,500 family and friends participated in 125 teams, having raised a record amount of almost $245,000.
The Lights of Love 5K is very special and very unique from your typical early morning charity run. The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Austin and Central Texas hosted this year’s event this past Friday’s evening, December 7, along a trail full of sparkling holiday lights, Christmas bells and carolers at Mueller Hangar. It might have been because of the magical atmosphere that this run seemed to connect people (and the 100 dogs who also participated!) more so than any other. Many of the runners were registered in teams and the presence of camaraderie was very strong. And when you weren’t running on the trail with your family and friends, you were enjoying each other’s company with delicious snacks, hot chocolate, kids’ crafts, music, and even photos with Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald!
Ann Jerome, the chief operating officer at RMHC Austin, is very thankful for everyone’s support and participation because the funds raised will go to the services that RMHC provides for families of children who spend time in Austin hospitals. “We are blown away by the turnout this year and blessed to live in a city that continues to support our mission here at the Ronald McDonald House and Family Rooms, ” she says. “Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas depends on the generosity of our supporters, and the impact of the money raised at this event will make a huge difference for families with hospitalized children.”
If you missed out on this festive charity event but would still like to contribute to the RMHC cause, you still have until this Saturday, December 15, 2012 to do so. Click here to donate.