The Carmel Road Racing Group has announced the Official Charitable Partner for 2017: Team IMS!
The Indianapolis Medical Society (IMS), established in 1848, is a professional membership organization for all licensed Doctors of Medicine and Doctors of Osteopathy in the Indianapolis area. The mission of the IMS is to promote professional growth, advocacy for all physicians, and quality health care for the community. IMS offers a physician finder, available to the public online here.
“We’re honored to partner with the Team IMS and the Indianapolis Medical Society,” said Todd Oliver, President of Carmel Road Racing Group and Race Director for the Carmel Marathon Weekend. “Physicians being active is the best way to show their patients the importance of exercise. We are very excited about our partnership. Look for the Team IMS bibs on the course.”
Additional 2017 charity partners include:
To provide a supportive home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill or injured children receiving medical care at Riley Hospital for Children and other Indianapolis hospitals.
The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana embraces all families with sick or injured children being treated in Indianapolis-area hospitals without regard to income. While the cost of operating a single room is $90 per night (based upon 2014 figures), families staying at the House are asked to make a modest donation of $15 per night. No family is ever turned away from the House if they are unable to pay.
Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national for-purpose 501(c)3 organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living.
The organization’s mission is not to create runners within the homeless population, but to use running to create self-sufficiency in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. The program’s success is measured by how many Members obtaining independence through employment, job training and housing.
Through dedication and hard work, Residential Members (those experiencing homelessness) earn the opportunity to create a new road for themselves. Running leads to personal transformation and dedication to the program leads to access to training, employment and housing resources. Through community and corporate support, the program strives to change the perception of homelessness.
Back on My Feet will be on-site at our Fitness Expo collecting gently used shoes. Click here to learn how to donate!
Champion Reads is an initiative of the Hamilton County Community Tennis Association (HCCTA), which provides tennis and educational programs for players of all ages and abilities. HCCTA’s Champion Reads program distributes biographies of champion athletes and citizens to students of all ages.
Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency works to create a whole community approach to a safer, less vulnerable and more resilient Hamilton County. Emergency Management coordinates the public, private, and non-profit sectors for the citizens of Hamilton County by mitigating against, preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural and man-made disasters and emergencies.
Medals4Mettle is a national non-profit organization that collects earned finishers' medals from half marathoners, marathoners and triathletes, and presents these medals to patients (children and adults) fighting chronic or life-threatening illnesses. In 2005, Medals4Mettle was started by marathon runners who awarded their finisher’s medals to others who demonstrated similar mettle, or courage. M4M facilitates the gifting of earned marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers’ medals from event participants to children and adults dealing with chronic or debilitating illnesses who have demonstrated similar mettle, or courage in bravely facing these challenges.
Team Red, White, and Blue's mission is to enrich the lives of American's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Currently Team RWB has 58,000+ members and has a growth rate of 600+ members a week nationally. In Indianapolis we have about 200 members with a mix of both veterans and community members.
Our chapters and communities deliver consistent, local opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity. And it is so much more than running. We host regular fitness activities, social gatherings, and participate in local races and events together. Veterans and Community Members can also develop their leadership skills by serving as a volunteer leader in their local chapter. These programs are at the core of Team RWB’s mission. Be sure to ask about them at your first meeting.
Gweedo's Purple Shamrocks is a 501c3 non-profit organization formed in June 2016 and dedicated to fighting the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic. The group was formed in the shadow of a major loss of life. The President of the organization, Sam Callantine, had a brother that passed away from a heroin overdose in May of 2016. The “Gweedo” in the name is a memorial to his brother’s nickname, as the organization was formed in his honor. The “Purple” in the name symbolizes overdose/addiction awareness and power. The “Shamrock” is attributed to the mission to add a “little luck” to addicts, their families, and our community by providing resources, support, awareness, and overdose prevention education.