Merritt Athletic Clubs’ 3rd Annual Wish Race 5K
On Sunday, May 20, runners and walkers of all skill levels will lace up their sneakers for Merritt Clubs’ 3rd Annual Wish Race 5K Run and Walk. The 3.1-mile event, presented by Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square and held at the Community College of Baltimore County Essex, will consist of both a road race and trail run throughout the campus. 100% of proceeds of the 5K will be donated to benefit Make-A-Wish MidAtlantic.
According to Race Director Andrew Lingelbach, Fitness Engagement Team Leader and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer at Merritt Clubs, the 5K is getting close to a lifetime fundraising goal of $15,000 for Make-A-Wish. This year’s race goal is $7,500.
Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The organization’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, and communities.
Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters help make possible the MakeA-Wish vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 34 minutes. Some wishes include meeting favorite celebrities or sports stars, going to Disney World or on other dream vacations, and having other experiences that they would never have had a chance to do otherwise.
Lingelbach started the Wish Race 5K because as a young child, he battled childhood cancer like many of the Make-A-Wish kids. He is a survivor of retinoblastoma, a cancer that starts in the retina, the very back part of the eye. He went through the majority of his cancer treatment when he was 3 and 4 years old.
“Make-A-Wish helps kids who are essentially losing their childhood because they are dealing with their health, something that most people take for granted,” he said. “I want to reach out and help that group of kids who weren’t as fortunate as I was.”
Merritt trainers will be on hand to warm up the crowd prior to the race, which participants can run or walk. There will also be post-race refreshments, along with live entertainment including balloon animals, unicycling, juggling, and more.
“We are really excited about this year’s 5K and hope that everyone can come out and support Make-A-Wish,” said Lingelbach. “The organization really does make a huge impact on children and families who are going through extremely difficult times.”
Participants can register in person at the front desk at the Merritt Club in White Marsh, on active.com, or on the morning of the race.
Make-A-Wish wish granting is a four-step process. Each step builds on the next to create amazing experiences for wish kids and their families. A wish experience is frequently a source of inspiration for children undergoing difficult medical treatments. Step 1: Referral Make-A-Wish relies on medical professionals, parents and children themselves for referrals. Children who have reached the age of 2½ and are under the age of 18 at the time of referral and have not received a wish from another wish-granting organization may be eligible for a wish.
Step 2: Medical Eligibility They determine a child’s medical eligibility with the help of the treating physician. To receive a wish, the child must be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition (i.e., a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition that has placed the child’s life in jeopardy). Step 3: The Wish
They send one of their enthusiastic wish teams to learn the child’s one true wish. These committed volunteers connect with wish children, awaken their imaginations and help them envision an experience with the power to change lives.
Step 4: Creating Joy The wish granters create an unforgettable experience driven by the child’s creativity. They strive to personalize each wish and to make it match the wish kid’s idea of a perfect day.
Make-A-Wish is only able to create life-changing wish experiences with help from dedicated staff, volunteers, donors and other supporters, like those who will participate in the Wish Race 5K. For more information, go to:
To register, go to https://www.active.com/ baltimore-md/running/ distance-running-races/ merritt-club-s-3rd-annualwish-race-5k-pres-by-chick-fila-nottingham-square-2018.
Presented by Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square Sunday, May 20 at 9 a.m. Community College of Baltimore County — Essex Campus, 7201 Rossville Boulevard