_ The 5th Annual Birmingham AL Ostomy 5K Fun Run:
The 5th Annual Birmingham Run For Resilience Ostomy 5k will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 as a Virtual Event. Run, walk, or roll safely at your own favorite place and celebrate Ostomy Awareness Day (OAD) on October 3rd. All proceeds benefit the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc (UOAA) charity, a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible. (https://www.ostomy.org/)
We know how much the ostomy community looks forward to getting together to raise awareness and celebrate Ostomy Awareness Day. However, since we’re unsure of what’s ahead with COVID-19 leading into the Fall, UOAA and our dedicated Race Directors have decided it is better to create a safe and social distancing environment to celebrate and spread the message that “Ostomies Are Life-Savers”. Therefore, our local Ostomy 5k events across the country will be held Virtually within their communities rather than in-person this year.
What does that mean for you, your family and friends? With your registration for your local Virtual Run/Walk, you will receive a unique 10th Anniversary Ostomy Awareness Day Race T-Shirt. We encourage you to wear it at your favorite place to run, walk or roll in your community while raising awareness. Or, if you feel more comfortable staying at home, hop on your treadmill or take a stroll through your neighborhood.
Your local Race Director, Misty Edwards, will make arrangements for T-Shirt pick-ups in advance of the event at a safe location with staggered times to avoid groups of more than 10. You will also be able to print and wear your Race Bib on the day of the event. More information regarding these plans will be communicated to you as we get closer to the event.
As this is a critical fundraising event for our nonprofit organization, we encourage you to start a Personal or Team Fundraiser when you register, and ask your family and friends to join you to help support UOAA and our mission.
ORDER YOUR T-SHIRT BY SEPTEMBER 11th!
To ensure you receive the unique Ostomy Awareness Day Race T-Shirt size you ordered, please register by Friday, September 11th. We will do our best to provide you with the T-Shirt size you ordered or a similar size, however, this is not guaranteed after September 11th.
CELEBRATE THE DAY!
♦ Run, walk or roll a 5k (3.1 miles) route or distance of your choice where you feel safe and can abide to the 6-feet social distancing guidelines. Ask your family and friends to join you, and create your own ‘safe’ mini-event. You can even run/walk on a treadmill!
♦ Take pictures of yourself doing your virtual race and email them to us or tag us on your social media accounts. Hashtag your photos #RunforResilience and we may repost on Twitter or Instagram.
♦ Promote ostomy awareness and education to your family, friends and community on Ostomy Awareness Day. Post your experience on the UOAA or Run For Resilience Facebook pages!
♦ Fundraising is an important aspect of our Run for Resilience Ostomy 5k. Funds raised help UOAA continue to provide resources, educational materials, advocacy and support to the ostomy and continent diversion community.
FUNDRAISE TO SUPPORT UOAA!
We invite you to set up your own Personal or Team Fundraiser when registering to participate in the event, or through our DONATE button at the top of this page. You can create a unique Fundraiser Name and URL address, personalize your fundraising message, and direct your friends and family to your page to join your team or sponsor you in your fundraising goal.
Your commitment to fundraise and support the ostomy and continent diversion community is no small endeavor, and we appreciate your dedication and hard work.
> Fundraisers who raise $30 or more will receive an "Ostomies Are Life-Savers" Bandana
> Fundraisers who raise $250 or more will receive a customized "Ostomies Are Life-Savers" Weekender Duffle Bag and Water Bottle
> Fundraisers who raise $400 or more will receive a unique "Ostomies Are Life-Savers" PopWallet (cellphone grip and a secure way to carry your cards on your phone)
UOAA supports, empowers and advocates for the estimated 725,000 to 1 Million people who are living with an ostomy or continent diversion across the country. Your generous donation helps us to raise awareness of this life-saving surgery and continue our mission of promoting their quality of life. You can easily donate to this Run for Resilience Ostomy 5K by clicking ‘DONATE’ at the top of this page, or mail a check to UOAA, PO Box 525, Kennebunk, ME 04043, and put in the Memo Line – “Donate to (City) Run for Resilience”
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