We’re going virtual! Run a Kid to Camp 2021 will be held on March 13, 2021, and will be a virtual experience focused on flexibility, convenience, and whatever feels right for each individual participant. This year, you can choose your distance and you can choose how you participate.
We’re offering four distance options in registration (5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon), but if you want to get creative (such as 21 miles for the 21st year of RAKTC!) or if our distances don’t appeal to you, feel free to choose what is best for you. Similarly, if you aren’t available on March 13, you can choose an alternative date within the month of March to participate. Whether you run, walk, swim, bike, hike, or dance your way to your finish line is up to you! If you’re interested in being a part of our amazing Support Team, please reach out to Christie Jennison.
We plan to offer many of our traditional weekend components in this virtual format, and we’ll still incorporate the same campy, fun-loving feel. A virtual pep rally on Friday night before race day and a virtual celebration on Saturday afternoon post-race will allow us to connect with our fellow team members, add in some fun camp skits, and celebrate the dollars raised for the Marathon Endowment.
As in years past, we’ll ask participants to raise $500 to go toward the Seafarer Marathon Endowment, which provides camperships to girls from single-parent households. We’ll use an online giving platform, Classy, that allows fundraisers to create a personalized giving page, send a direct link to potential donors, and track donations all in one place. When your registration is received, we’ll send a fundraising packet via email that goes into great detail about the endowment, how to create your giving page, and best practices for fundraising.
Registration is $30 for all race distances, and it includes a t-shirt, a bib to wear on race day, and a finisher certificate.
We’re offering a range of cabins and staff houses that are available to rent from now through mid-March. This means that you can rent housing at Camp during the weekend of RAKTC (March 12-14, 2021) and complete your RAKTC experience with us at Camp! If you are interested in this option, sign up and we’ll be in touch. We’ll make decisions about what the program will look like that weekend as we get closer to March, so stay tuned. You can expect racecourses to be provided for you onsite at Seafarer and outside our gates if you come to Camp for virtual RAKTC.
Camp Seafarer's Run a Kid to Camp (RAKTC) program began in the summer of 2000 when three members of our leadership staff approached the team of directors with an idea to raise funds for camperships.
All three had previously run a marathon that successfully raised money for worthy organizations. Their idea was to use the marathon/fundraising concept as an opportunity to bring more children to camp.
Here is an excerpt from their proposal:
"When something has shaped your life, your being, your relationship to the world around you, there is an unwavering commitment, and loyalty deep within that honors the roots you have laid at this place, the wings it revealed to you, and the faith with which it taught you to fly. Camp Seafarer is the only place we know that affects people so deeply that they are willing to spend 18 weeks worth of Saturday mornings running 10, 16, or even 22 miles in order to train for a marathon. But there is really no surprise at this dedication. At the end of the summer, we found it was the pouring of ourselves into the lives of children that, in turn, poured life into us. We left those gates knowing we had made a difference."
Since that time, more than 300 young women (and some men) have trained and run either a marathon or half marathon and have raised $700,000 for the Camp Seafarer endowment - impacting more than 50 campers' lives.
For more details or questions, email Christie Jennison.