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The Only Race in Town

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That I know of.
In a city of 9 million, no less.
Our third annual fundraiser and awareness raising race for our foster care program was this past Saturday along the river, and I was so thrilled!

Thrilled for the blue pollution-free skies…
Thrilled for the huge community enthusiasm from both Chinese and expats…
Thrilled for the cheerful runners speaking French, German, English, Korean, Chinese putting up with our small-kid-in-the-big-city race with handwritten signs, no shoe timing chips, but lots of volunteers…
Thrilled my own kids decided to all run in the race, with Oldest Daughter (age 10) getting a trophy for Women’s 3rd place in the 5K…
Thrilled about the ~$3600 raised that will go directly providing for the foster children’s needs…

I love this unique community I belong to here.

I will post more pics once I get them from the volunteer photographer of the day!

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Running for Kids

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Running for Kids

Close to 200 people flocked to our big riverside park on Saturday, braving 90 degree temps to run, walk or leisurely sit in a stroller for our (this year) huge 5K/10K fundraiser race for our foster care program!

The past 3 years my ultrarunner extraordinaire friend K organized this race mostly for fun since there was no such thing going on here in this city of 8 million.

She made it a fundraiser last year, and 30 runners gathered to race.

Then she conveniently decided to move to a different country and passed the baton to us left behind.

Months ahead of time people were asking about this year’s race, so we had no choice but to move forward.

Somehow news travels fast via the web these days, and our registration headcount climbed to 137 the day before the run.

Our main objectives were to raise awareness in the Chinese and foreign community about foster care, and to have a child-friendly fun environment surrounding the race.

My favorite moment was when MB, a ten year old foster boy with cerebral palsy, who had walked part of the course with his foster mom crossed the finish line to a burst of cheers, and had the absolutely biggest grin on his face you could imagine!

Thanks to A, our tremendous coordinator, about 30-40 volunteers helped out in every way to create a fun, carnival-like atmosphere–face painting, bubbles, children’s race, balloon critters, bake sale, and more.

A local printing factory designed T shirts and donated all the proceeds.

My main worry was that as the numbers grew, we might encounter difficulties with the park guards or police.

They are sometimes leery of large groups of people…

But on race day our director talked with the guards and we had no problems at all.

Our First Aid team only had one injury requiring bandaids.

A big thumbs up to next year being even better!

Cha-Bu-Duo 2011

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I am a little late posting about this very important fall event in our city due to technical issues, but nevertheless…

Last year our very energetic ultra-marathon pediatrician colleague and friend Katherine decided to rope a bunch of us couch potatoes into running a 10k, and we did.

There were 13 of us who ran, there were medals we brought food to share at the end, and someone even brought treats from the newly opened Dunkin Donuts in town.

It was so energizing that everyone thought we  should do it again this September, and this time it was even better!

The registration balloned, and Katherine even got emails asking if there was a hotel package!

30 people ran 5 or 10K, there were medals, even more Dunkin Donuts, and a ton of community participation.

This time there was a small entry fee that was being donated 100% for orphans and foster children in our city.

And over 2400 RMB (about $375) was raised in the process!

GO KATHERINE!!

Can’t wait for next year!

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Oh, and the name of the race?

It means “more or less, approximately”.

Because it wasn’t a formal race with precisely measured distances or computer chips in the shoes, etc…