ST. LOUIS — Registration is under way for the fifth annual Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run set for Sunday, Sept. 7. The yearly Cardinals Care fund-raiser benefits area youths.
The 6K run – named in honor of the late Stan Musial – starts at 8:06 a.m. at the Musial statue outside Busch Stadium’s Gate 3, and winds around the city for a photographic finish on the field. Runners will be greeted by 6K honorary chair, Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee of East St. Louis after the finish line.
All run participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and medal. The One Mile Fun Run begins immediately following the start of the 6K and finishes outside Busch Stadium at the Musial statue on Eighth Street. Participants and spectators are encouraged to show their support and join the crowd inside to watch the completion of the event for free.
In addition to the 6K and One Mile Fun Run, Cardinals Care is offering gifts for race participants to thank them for their fund-raising efforts, including a chance for the top fund-raising team to be recognized during an on-field ceremony prior to the Sept. 16 game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers.
All participants have until Aug. 29 to raise $75. Participants can solicit donations to their online fund-raising profile through email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. All proceeds from the fitness fund-raising event that has raised more than $500,000 the last four years go to help children. Those interested in participating are encouraged to learn more and register at cardinals.com/6K.
“The Cardinals Care 6K is a great way to stay fit while helping kids in our community,” said Michael Hall, vice president of community relations and executive director of Cardinals Care. “Thanks to the support of race participants, we’ve put more than a half million dollars back into our local community.”
Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, it has distributed nearly $20 million to support St. Louis area nonprofit youth organizations and built 21 youth ball fields in disadvantaged neighborhoods. 2014 marks the 11th year of Cardinals Care’s Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play.
In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 youths who participate in the program each year.