The Falmouth Road Race was the first race I ever ran, and it changed my life. Not only did it help me become healthier, but it also reminded me that I can accomplish anything - to not quit when things get tough.
After Falmouth I was hooked on running. The roar of the crowd, the competition of passing runners, and the thrill of crossing the finish line made me feel like a superstar - an empowering feeling that everyone should experience.
I was lucky enough to be gifted an entry into that first race. Without that opportunity I might not have ever started running. Upon registering for my second race I quickly discovered that races are expensive - really expensive - an expense that many can't afford. And that is the core mission of Stride for Stride.
Stride's goal is to give everyone an equal opportunity to run. If you want to run, but can't afford to race, then we'll purchase the bib for you. 100% of proceeds from shirt sales and donations go towards purchasing race bibs for those who can't afford to run.
There's no reason why money should prevent you from getting to the starting line, especially when crossing the finish line could change your life.
Our logo signifies equality. It's simple, bold, and shows that you support running for all. Our goal is a simple concept too, but one that I firmly believe can change lives. Having a race to strive for keeps you focused and healthy, while crossing the finish line proves that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Never give up.
Run in Stride so others can,
- Tom O'Keefe
Founder, Stride for Stride