Participants in this annual event raise funds to support the Seafarer Marathon Endowment which provides camperships to girls from single-parent households.
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 500 campers, CILTs, staff members, alumni and friends of Camp have trained and run either a marathon or half marathon, raised over $700,000 for the Camp Seafarer endowment and impacted the lives of over 100 campers.
For more details or questions, email Sarah Kasler.