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Event Calendar: Race For The Case

ANOTHER CHANCE TO GET SOME EXERCISE FOR A GOOD CAUSE … || By FITSNEWS ||  We’re not sure how it happened, but this website has apparently become a go-to source for information about fitness events linked to worthwhile causes. Which is a good thing … assuming you’re interested in getting…


|| By FITSNEWS ||  We’re not sure how it happened, but this website has apparently become a go-to source for information about fitness events linked to worthwhile causes.

Which is a good thing … assuming you’re interested in getting in better shape (and interested in improving the shape of the world around you).

This week we’re promoting the “Race for the Case,” an event organized by Midlands activist Heather Smith.

The goal of the race is to “raise awareness about foster care and adoption and improve the lives of children currently living in foster care.”  But it’s also got a practical purpose – namely “to provide new suitcases for the children in foster care in South Carolina, so that they no longer have to keep their belongings in trash bags.”

“My daughter came to me with six trash bags,” Smith told FITS, referring to the seven-year-old girl she adopted last year.

“I never want another child to be delivered to their new home in trash bags!” Smith said.  “These kids are wards of the state by no fault of their own and they do not need to feel like they are trash.”

Smith has put together quite the team to help with her event.

Strictly Running – a Columbia, S.C. retailer – has agreed to organize the run, while Miss Midlands 2015 Tori Sizemore will be the host.  S.C. Senators Joel Lourie and Katrina Shealy are also participating – and local television anchor Andrea Mock of WLTX TV-19 (CBS – Columbia, S.C.) has agreed to help promote the event.

Want to join them in lending a hand?  In addition to donating a suitcase (like this one), there are several ways you can participate.  You can become a sponsor (by contributing $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 dollars) or if you just want to run/ walk in the five-kilometer race you can pay the $10 registration fee by clicking here.

The “Race for the Case” will be held on Saturday May 30 at 8:00 a.m. EDT in the Shandon neighborhood of downtown Columbia, S.C.

Props to Smith and her supporters.  They recognized a need and are giving of themselves in an effort to fill it …

Got an event you’d like us to promote? Email us the details and we’ll do our best to get the information out there.


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Taylor Brown May 21, 2015 at 10:05 am

What a great idea to help some really great kids.

shifty henry May 21, 2015 at 11:11 am

Looking for a good cause? Mine is getting a date with Taylor – but I’m not getting any response from her “GoFindMe” site…..

Taylor Brown May 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm

“GoFindMe” that’s solid

shifty henry May 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm

— you’re a fun gal..!!

GCAF May 21, 2015 at 10:06 am

Some years ago, there was a heated discussion on a local TV station’s web site that came to involve some affliction or another a child involved in the thread story was said to have had. There was a lot of hand-wringing and such by some of the commentors, one of whom was going on about how she wanted to create “awareness” regarding one or another situations said to involve the child in the story.

One lady who commented on the thread coined a phrase that was so on-target for that situation and many, many, others, I doubt that I will ever forget it. The phrase was, “good cause awareness fatigue”. She noted how on an almost daily basis, we are inundated with worthy cause story after worthy cause story. While most of them probably are worthy causes of concern, many of us do begin to develope a degree of fatigue, hearing of a new worthy cause; day after day, after day.

It seems that there are no shortages of people ready to identify, raise awareness of, and begin soliciting contributions of money, time, labor, or other commodities often found in short supply in our harried daily lives, for the next “good cause”. Geeze people, where will it all end?

major major May 21, 2015 at 10:30 am

Maybe you can start a GoFundMe to raise awareness of Good Cause Awareness Fatigue.

GCAF May 21, 2015 at 10:45 am

LOL! Great idea!!!!

Can I put you down to help organize the walk we’re having next week?

GM-GCAFF May 21, 2015 at 11:25 am

The Greater Midlands Chapter of the Good Cause Awareness Fatigue Foundation (GM-GCAFF) will be holding its annual GCAF awarness .25K run/walk/sprint/crawl/wheel chair/stilettos race this weekend. The starting line will be at the South Carolina Capital in front of the Confederate Memorial and the race will end at Gervais and Assembly. Registration fee is $25.00 per adult, $10.00/child and $10,000.00 for each political or media organization exploiting the cause for votes, clicks or contributions. All checks should be made payable to Columbia Area Special Helpers (use the initials CASH). Registration fees can be mailed to the GM-GCAFF or paid in person at the starting line.

We would like to take a moment to thank our sponsors and volunteers that help us put on this event.

City of Columbia Waste-water Division for handling all the shit generated. (The brown plant with the blue smiley face in the corner,)

Columbia Radio Amateurs with Portables (CRAP) for providing communication support along the almost 2 block route.

The members of the Columbia Police Department who were forced to come out and provide traffic control by someone at headquarters that hasn’t seen actual street duty in 20 years.

The members of the Columbia Fire Department for providing medical support instead of being available for actual emergencies such as vehicle accidents, building fires, brush fires and chemical spills.

The faculty and students of the University of South Carolina for passing out water bottles after drinking most of the water themselves to overcome their massive Saturday Morning hangovers.

Lastly and certainly least the current members of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center center who cleaned-up the State House Grounds and the surrounding streets last year after our race. It looked like a someone scattered the trash and human waste from 10 occupy camps when we left to go eat and pass out feel good trophies.

You Know My Name May 21, 2015 at 1:11 pm

That is so f*cking w awesome!!!!!


shifty henry May 21, 2015 at 4:41 pm

GM, this is a work of classic recognition..!!

FastEddy23 May 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm

“… raise awareness …” charities are usually to be avoided. They just take your money then go around and talk it up … to raise more money.

This whole load of fraudulent “awareness” charities has it’s roots in the Scientology/est-hole/cult-for-hire word twisting propaganda machines of self promotion for gain and using newspeak as a weapon. … Almost as bad as the political swamp of “ideas”.

You Know My Name May 21, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Well put, Eddy!

9" May 23, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Don’t forget Ray Tanner’s event.I challenge Mr Machismo,The Colonel,to reach home base before I do,wussy boy.


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