Thursday, August 16, 2012

Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K

**** UPDATE***

As of 10/21/2012:

The run is now over.  Thank you to all who participated!!  I will be updating this post soon with details about this year's run and information about the 2nd Annual Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K! 

Please go to Little Flower Project's website to support the amazing work they do!

Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K

This virtual 5K is to benefit an amazing organization called The Little Flower Projects. Over the upcoming weeks I will share more information about this non-profit organization and who they serve, but for now I will tell you that The Little Flower Projects was started by a husband and wife, graduates of Franciscan University of Steubenville (my alma mater too!!). Little Flower Projects takes care of orphans in China who need extra care and medical attention. I highly recommend that you "Like" their Facebook page, where they post pictures of the little ones they serve and give updates on them.

Since The Little Flower Projects is a non-profit and I have a huge heart for orphans, I have decided to start this virtual 5K to raise the funds necessary to cover the salary of one Nanny for 6 months, which is approximately $2,000.

But, truthfully, I want to surpass that. And not just surpass that, but "blow it out of the water."

And I will need your help to do that. First, through registering for this event! Second, pray for Little Flower Projects and this fundraiser. And, third, spread the word. Blog about it. Post it to Facebook. Tweet about it. Send emails to friends. Do whatever it takes to help these orphaned children get the care and medical attention they need so that they may someday find a forever family.

The Details:

The Virtual run date is October 20, 2012. (DC area friends: look for more info on a meet up for that day). And although, that day would be the perfect day to run the 5K, I am just asking that you run it anytime between October 13-October 21th).

This is a fun run. So you can run it at an Olympic pace or walk it! Just get out there and traverse 3.1 miles! (But if you just want to donate to the cause and not walk or run, that is ok too!) I just ask that you say a special for the orphans and Little Flower Projects on that day.

The registration "fee" is $25. If you would like to donate more, or cannot donate that much, great! Just email me at katiepetko [at] yahoo [dot] com and I will tell you how you can do that!

100% of the profits go to Little Flowers Project (Approximately $17 of each entry fee). Donations are tax deductible. But to ensure that you can deduct it, it is best to pay by check. Email me for details.

All registered runners will receive a t-shirt and a medal (first 150 registrants will receive a medal). Watch for the designs to come!! If you do not want a t-shirt and medal and would prefer that all of the money go to Little Flower Projects, there is an option for that when registering. All t-shirts and medals will be mailed 1 week before the run.

The medal is option B

Shirt has Little Flower Projects' Mission Statement on the back

All registered runners will be entered in a giveaway!! See this post for the giveaway items, ways to get extra entries and to check out our amazing sponsors!

All runner's will be emailled a bib for the event as well!

What is left??

If you have not yet, "Like" The Run for the Little Flowers Virtual Run Facebook page! A great way to meet others running it and to get up to date information on the fundraiser.

and . . .


Chose a shirt size and click on the "Buy Now" Button on the sidebar.

(There are a few glitches I need to work out! Hopefully, you will be able to register right on this page soon!)

For more posts on this fundraiser see:
Why this fundrasier now?
More about Little Flower Projects
Run for the Little Flower Updates
Latest updates on the run


  1. What a great cause! I will (hopefully!) be just a few weeks postpartum, but I can commit to walking! Please e-mail me and let me know how to register with a check!

    Let me know what else I can do to spread the word :)

  2. KATIE!!! I am screaming right now, because my husband saw your family pic on the blog (I've been talking about you for weeks now), and he swears he knows your husband! We are Franciscan grads as well (whoop-woop!!), and were there from Fall '97 to Fall of 2000. Holy cow! I love that we have stumbled on to your blog, and always feel such a connection with fellow FUS grads, even if we never knew each other during days on campus.

  3. Oops - one more - I will post this on my health and fitness page, if you don't mind that I copy/paste the post - let me know what you think!

  4. what do the tees look like?

    1. The shirt will be black with the Little Flower Projects logo in red and white on the left breast. The Little Flower logo is the red flower with the Chinese script. Encircling that will be "Run for the Little Flowers 5K October 20, 2012"

      I am waiting on the proof from the printer. As soon as I get it, I will post it here and on the run's facebook page.

  5. Both of my boys are curently living at Little Flowers. :-)
    I am definitely on board!

    1. I am so happy to hear! Praying for your one at Little Flowers!

  6. I am here from Ni Hao Y'all! I just registered for this virtual race! I love this idea! I will blog about it tomorrow as well!

  7. I LOVE this idea! Not only is this a wonderful organization, but it's an amazing fundraising idea. I hope to join and I can't wait to spread the word.

  8. My homeschool running group will be participating! One of the moms found your website and we have passed it on to the whole group. As of right now, I know of 6 people in the North Texas area that will be participating and hopefully more! Thank you for doing this!

  9. Is it possible to just make a donation via PayPal? I do not want a t-shirt or anything, but would love to support this effort.

    I love this idea. What an amazing testimony of God's goodness to see how your goal has already been exceeded!!! LOVE IT!!!

    Thank you for doing this!!!

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