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June Charity Spotlight

Jun 07,2017

This week we will be spotlighting some of the amazing charities that we are partnering with this month! The Great Inflatable Race truly believes in giving back to the community in each city we go to. Our vision is to positively impact the lives of millions of people by providing opportunities for movement-one of these being community movement! Be sure to check out our Spotlights below to learn more about these amazing charities and how you can help!

 Fourth Street Clinic
Salt Lake City, UT: June 3

First, we want to give a big shout-out to Fourth Street Clinic that partnered with us for the Salt Lake City race this past weekend! We also want to thank Roseman University National Community Pharmacists Association for all of their help!

Fourth Street Clinic has been serving Utah's homeless population for more than 27 years. Their goal is to provide health care and support services that improve quality of life to individuals who need it most. Not only that, Fourth Street Clinic promotes across-the-board health care savings.

On average, 125 people visit Fourth Street Clinic every day. The clinic provides corrective eyewear, dental procedures, on-site mammograms, prescriptions, smoking cessation classes, colon cancer testing, hearing aids, and so much more. Visit http://fourthstreetclinic.org/ to learn more about their organization.

 Shoes for the Shoeless
Dayton, OH: June 16 and 17

We are proud to sponsor Shoes 4 the Shoeless for both of our Dayton races! Shoes 4 the Shoeless is a nonprofit organization that makes it their mission to provide properly-fitting gym shoes and socks to local children in need. They started out in 2010 and have already helped thousands of children in Montgomery County where 40.9% of children live in poverty.These children are in desperate need of shoes and socks; otherwise, they face a lifetime of physical, social and emotional problems.

Shoes 4 the Shoeless has a vision of ending the physical and emotional distress children endure when they go without good shoes. The Great Inflatable Race is proud to support this vision.  You can support Shoes 4 the Shoeless by signing up for the race and donating to them today through https://registermyrace.com/register/charity/the-great-inflatable-race-dayton/338?charities=100. You can also learn more about this organization and other ways you can help by visiting www.shoes4theshoeless.org.

Ryan’s Case for Smiles
Philadelphia, PA: June 24

We are excited to support Ryan's Case for Smiles for our Philadelphia race on June 24! Ryan’s Case for Smiles’ mission is to enable children with cancer and other life-altering illnesses and injuries to cope with their illness today. They focus on building resiliency to thrive in the future, and much of their work includes the entire family in the healing process. In short,Ryan's Case for Smiles' aims to make children feel better to heal better! Learn more about the Ryan's Case for Smiles by visiting caseforsmiles.org.

You can donate here through: https://registermyrace.com/register/charity/the-great-inflatable-race-philadelphia/302?charities=101

 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
Columbus, OH: July 1

To kick off July, we are partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio for our Columbus race. We are excited to support their mission! For more than three decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC) has been keeping families close at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. From its beginnings as a grassroots movement established by a partnership between volunteers and local McDonald’s Owner/Operators, the charity has served thousands of families in their deepest times of need.

Visit http://rmhc-centralohio.org/get-involved/team-rmhc/ to learn more about this organization and to join Team RMHC! You can sign up for the race and donate through https://registermyrace.com/register/charity/the-great-inflatable-race-columbus/311?charities=956/9

 

Here at The Great Inflatable Race, we treasure the incredible charities that we work with! Stay tuned for more charity spotlights each month. We would love to hear your suggestions of non-profits for us to partner with at any of our race locations, please comment below or email us at charities@thegreatinflatablerace.com.

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The History of The Great Inflatable Race

Mar 06,2017

We know how much you love The Great Inflatable Race, but did you know that it started out as a little run in a small college town? Would you believe us if we told you that just one inflatable weighs 2,700 pounds? We sat down with the VP of Operations-Phillip Wright to get the scoop on how The Great Inflatable Race (TGIR) was founded and what it takes to put one of the events on!

The Great Inflatable Race started at Utah State University in 2012. One of the fraternities on campus, Sigma Phi Epsilon, had a party with a giant inflatable slide that was a huge hit. This party spurred the idea for more events with inflatables, specifically a run with nothing but inflatable obstacles. Phillip Wright, along with the help of Jace Cairns (Operations Manager), partnered with Utah State University to host the first TGIR in September of 2012.

The Great Inflatable Race was the first and the original all-inflatable fun run! Because of this, it started out with only one event held each year in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2015 Phillip went to a Race Directors Conference and met Ken Richardson-CEO of FundRacer Event Management and the two merged forces. From there the rest is history! TGIR spread nationwide with events currently in half of the United States and over 40,000 participants to date, and it continues to grow every day!

TGIR’s Mission is simple: Our races are not about winning. They’re about joining. They’re about getting out and getting active. When you join The Great Inflatable Race, you are joining a movement that ignites a passion for health and for community. We want people to join us who may not have an interest in your typical “workout”. Our events are designed to be fun AND good for you! We’ve had numerous participants that completed our race as the first step in their fitness journeys and have gone on to lose hundreds of pounds! We want to give you a boost on your way to success, health, and happiness!

How exactly do we get all of this done? Preparations for The Great Inflatable Race start months in advance. It takes a designated team of highly skilled employees and a ton of man and machine power! (Literally, because our inflatables weigh tons.) With the experience and leadership of Ken Richardson and Phillip Wright, TGIR is able to positively impact the lives of thousands of individuals all across the U.S., and we can’t wait to come to a city near you!

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