2016 CHARITY PARTNERS
NO SURRENDER RUNNING CLUB was started in 2010 by a small group of runners (okay - maybe "joggers" would be a more accurate description!) who had a crazy idea that getting at-risk urban youth to run the Grand Rapids ½ marathon was a great idea. We knew that in addition to providing great health benefits, running also teaches you about setting goals, working hard for something, and increases your internal motivation and self-esteem.
At-risk youth are just like any other kids; if you set your expectations low, then they will meet your expectations. Conversely, if you set your expectations high and give them your time, attention, and the tools to succeed they will not only meet your expectations, they will often exceed them. You don't need a magic wand or even a high level of expertise to make a difference – you just need to show-up.
Hope Network is a non-profit Christian organization in Michigan that helps people with disabilities live independently. Hope Network provides services for people with brain & spinal cord injury, mental illness, developmental disabilities, drug & alcohol addictions, and other disadvantages. Hope Network also provides transportation, low-income housing, and job training.
myTEAM TRIUMPH is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults, and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or roadraces. Visit myTEAM TRIUMPH for more information.