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Smile Mass Running Team

SMILE Mass has created a junior and adult Ambassador team. Our motto is “We run for all those who can’t.” SMILE Mass Ambassadors get the privilege to enable kids and adults with disabilities the chance to do it all! Our Ambassadors will support a Captain (individual with disabilities) through an entire race, allowing them their moment of glory of finishing a road race; being part of their community, doing what so many families take for granted!

This is how it works:

  • An Ambassador is anyone who is able to run or walk a 5K road race.
  •  As a SMILE Mass Ambassador, you commit to run a minimum of 3 – 5 races with SMILE Mass. You can take part in the races listed to the right or in any race of your choosing.
  • Adult Ambassadors can simply run a road race for SMILE Mass or they can choose to assist a Duo athlete to complete a road race, in which case you will become the eyes, ears or legs for the Duo athlete.
  • Junior Ambassadors run the 5K road race and receive their finish time. After finishing, if they choose, they can go back out on the race route to assist the Adult Ambassador to cross the finish line with a Duo athlete. The goal of the junior ambassador team is to promote inclusion, build self-confidence and teach our children that we can all make a difference.
  • Run for Free – All fees pertaining to any road race you wish to participate in, must be paid by the runner themselves. However, if you wish to take part in the fundraising efforts on behalf of SMILE Mass, through the various fundraising opportunities we have available, or simply by setting up a fundraising page, SMILE Mass will set aside 50% of what you raise to cover registration fees, t-shirts, and any other expenses pertaining to the road races you participate in.
  • Being an Ambassador for SMILE Mass means you can run your own road races of your choice, in your neighborhood, town or city, while wearing SMILE Mass running apparel, or simply tap into the SMILE Mass road races already arranged. If you are fundraising for SMILE Mass, all you have to do is send us your registration receipt and we will reimburse you. Furthermore, if you are running with a loved one with disabilities, let us know so that we can get you the proper equipment.
  • Duo athletes are special-needs children and young adults of any ability who will either be pushed in specialized joggers (200 lb. limit) or, if able, they can bike, walk, etc.
  • Duo runners are adults willing to assist a Duo athlete, often times pushing them in a specialized jogging stroller through a road race.
  • Duo athletes participate free of charge for any road race organized by SMILE Mass. For races organized by others, Duo athletes will need to go through the standard registration process in order to receive a race bib number (if they wish to receive a recorded time).
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Running Team Events

Aug 16, 2020

Falmouth Road Race – August 16, 2020

SMILE Mass has a team of runners participating in the Falmouth Road Race on August 16, 2019.

The race is seven miles long and begins in front of the Woods Hole Community Center, near the drawbridge on Water Street. The first three miles are narrow, hilly, winding tree-shaded roads, while the last four miles are open on the flat right next to Martha’s Vineyard Sound. A small steep hill lets you know that you are beginning the last half-mile of the race. Once you crest the hill it is all downhill to the finish.

New this year we will have an extra ordinary after party for all our SMILE Mass runners and their cheerleaders (friends and family) right at the finish line!

If you have run Falmouth before you know how big of a deal this is.

Soprano’s Casino by the Sea will be hosting us!

The fundraising commitment is $1000. SMILE Mass will provide your bib number and a running shirt. If you would like a hotel the night before, the fundraising commitment is $1500.

To get to the restaurant, simply cross the finish line and hug to the right – the restaurant will be right there. More details will follow. All SMILE Mass runners will be VIP guests of Soprano’s Casino by the Sea. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be served for all SMILE Mass runners and their guests.

To run Falmouth on behalf of SMILE Mass you are committing to raise $1000. If you would like a hotel room the night before, the fundraising commitment is $1500.

We still have a couple of bib numbers. Deadline to register is February 27, 2020. If you would like to run for SMILE Mass, email info@smilemass.org or call 617-967-9955.

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors:
“What a wonderful cause and I would be proud to donate! I had a cousin who was two weeks older than I who died of MS in 2002, and we always were inseparable at the beach at Ocean Park when growing up. When she got so bad and was confined to a wheelchair, her family would bring her to a rental in Kinney Shores but there was no way to get her near the beach or ocean. To think of so many children who are missing out on the beach experience is heartbreaking. We’ll donate online and wish you the best!”
Love, Ellen & Steve
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