The highly anticipated Love, Chloe Fun Run is back for its 2023 edition, promising a day filled with excitement. Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 15, as participants lace up their running shoes and gather at the City Lights Stage in Downtown Salina to embark on a scenic journey through Kenwood/Oakdale Parks. Offering both 5k and 10k options, this year's event is expected to attract over 600 walkers and runners, a testament to its growing popularity.
Since its inception in 2015 at Bill Burke Park, the Love, Chloe Fun Run has captured the hearts of locals and visitors alike. This year, event organizers felt compelled to expand the route, providing a more spacious and safer road path. "With the tremendous turnout of over 540 participants at the Salina Soccer Complex last year, we recognized the need to accommodate our growing numbers," explained Heidi Feyerherm-Smith, founder and president of the Love, Chloe Foundation. Downtown Salina's vibrant atmosphere will serve as an ideal starting point, welcoming old and new enthusiasts with open arms.
All registered participants will be rewarded for their efforts with a custom-designed popsicle finisher medal and a unique popsicle race bib, serving as cherished mementos of their accomplishment. The Love, Chloe Fun Run is not just about fitness and fun; it's a testament to the enduring support for the Love, Chloe Foundation.
The Love, Chloe Foundation is a local organization dedicated to assisting Kansas families navigating the challenges of childhood cancer diagnoses. One of their notable initiatives is the Monkey in My Chair program, which provides Monkey in My Chair kits at no cost to children and hospitals across the United States. These kits help children undergoing treatment stay connected to their classmates, even while they are away from school. Founded by Heidi Feyerherm-Smith right here in Salina, the program has garnered widespread recognition.
The Love, Chloe Foundation extends its assistance to families in various ways, offering financial assistance grants of up to $1,500, gas cards worth $250, and Warrior Wagons. The Warrior Wagons are packed with travel-friendly snacks, activities for the entire family, blankets, toys, Love, Chloe awareness items, multiple restaurant gift cards, a generous $500 VISA gift card for the parents, and much more. With an average value of $1,500, these wagons provide invaluable support during challenging times and serve as versatile companions, aiding families in transporting luggage or their child in and out of the hospital.
Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause while enjoying a fulfilling day of physical activity and community spirit. Register now for the Love, Chloe Fun Run at lovechloerun.org, and be a part of this meaningful event.