How Many Ways Can You 5k?
This February we are focusing on the next of our #more traits with more self discipline through the humble 5k with our “How Many Ways Can You 5k?” running and walking challenge.
We want you to challenge yourself to come up with as many creative ways as possible for you to complete 5k. Each 5k run should be different in some way. It could be the time of the day that you run, the route you run, the speed at which you run and so on.
When you sign up we have provided two downloaded files on your order confirmation email for you to track your different ways that you ran the 5k as well as an ideas list to help get you started. Each participant will receive our How Many Ways Can You 5k Medal. If you do not wish to receive the medal then please select the donation only option.
This challenge will support the charity Running for Premature Babies.
If you would like, you can make additional donations to this charity on our Mum Runner Running for Premature Babies fundraising page.
About Running for Premature Babies:
Running for Premature Babies was founded by Sophie Smith in 2006 after she and her husband Ash lost all three of their prematurely born triplets. Henry was born at 21 weeks, too early for medical intervention to save him, and he lived for one precious hour. Jasper and Evan were born at 24 weeks and were cared for at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick.
On the day that Sophie went into labour with Jasper and Evan, there was a critical shortage of NICU beds in Sydney, and she was warned that her babies might need to be transferred interstate, with the possibility of her babies being separated. Luckily, Sophie’s boys weren’t born for another three days, by which time two NICU beds had become available at the Royal Hospital for Women.
Tragically, despite huge efforts to save their lives, Jasper and Evan were unable to overcome their prematurity. Evan passed away from a brain haemorrhage when he was ten days old. The first time Sophie and Ash held their son was when his doctors removed his life support and he died in their arms. Their third triplet Jasper overcame many hurdles, doubling his birthweight, and they shared many happy memories, but he suffered from chronic lung disease and the ventilators available were unable to support him. When Jasper was 58 days old his lungs collapsed no more could be done to save him.
When their babies were in hospital, Sophie and Ash realised that most of the machines that kept their boys alive were donated and learned that the hospital relies on fundraising for 70% of the equipment in the unit. They also never forgot the shortage of equipment at the time of their birth.
What began as a quest to run one Half Marathon and raise $20,000 for one new humidicrib for the hospital in memory of their boys, has grown into what is now the Running for Premature Babies Foundation. Running for Premature Babies has so far raised over $7 million for life saving neonatal equipment and funded research to solve the many mysteries of prematurity and advance the care of premature babies for the future.