Charleston, SC, January 11, 2020
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 $525,000 for the Camp Seafarer endowment - impacting more than 50 campers' lives.
Specifically, the Seafarer Marathon endowment fund provides camperships to daughters of single parents, making camp possible to a young girl who otherwise could not attend.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Run a Kid to Camp and we're inviting all Seafarer staff and alumni who have a passion for running or are interested in being a part of the Camp Runner Support Team to join us for this moment in Camp's history by volunteering and fundraising with us. The Support Team encourages the runners leading up to and during the race. They are critical to the success of the weekend and are what makes running with the Seafarer Team such a unique and positive experience.
For more details or questions, email Christie Jennison.
See you in Charleston!