Fundraising overview:

This race raises funds specifically earmarked for research to be sent to the John Ritter Research Program, or JRRP, and related research studies and initiatives for Aortic Aneurysm and Aortic Dissection; This crucial work paves the way for aortic disease to be better understood and managed.  It also helps to educate others on the risk factors and symptoms of aortic disease in order to save lives from premature death due to these conditions.

The race is a main fundraising event, but coupled with selling run/awareness merchandise, smaller fundraising ideas, and individual donations throughout the year, we raise a generous amount in order to help the mission of saving lives and impact those already affected.  We couldn’t do that without your help and participation; we send you our sincerest thank you.

2016 – Donations alone to the foundation after the director of Run for Aortic Health survived an aortic dissection in mid 2015.  Our sincerest thank you for your love and support.


2017 – What started initially to fund a pregnancy related aortic dissection video, turned into a fundraiser to the foundation after a local hospital took on the awareness video pro bono.

$3,165 from the race alone

$7,113.50 – Total to JRRP for the year

2018 – It was a successful year two for the run as the number of participants increased and more were educated about aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection along the way.

$5,514.60 from the race alone

$15,540 –  Total to JRRP for the year

2019 – We met our goal and had over 200 registrants! This year we took it up a notch to get our participants great tech shirts too!

$6,216 from the race alone

$8,770-  Total to JRRP for the year

2020 – Boy! 2020 was a crazy year for races, and everything! But even with all the uncertainty, we still had close to 200 registrants participate in our unusual “semi-virtual” physical setup or virtually participate. We had a hugely successful year thanks to you all!!

$9,347 from the race alone

$19,200 Total to JRRP for the year

2021 – We met our 250 participant goal AND were able to send a whopping $21,000 off to research this year! We spread our funds this year between JRRP, an Aortic Dissection in pregnancy/postpartum research study, and an exercise study for aortic dissection patients.
$10,980 from race day alone
$21,000 Total to JRRP and related research studies

2022 – Let’s celebrate!!! This year we reached our highest participant number with 272 registered! Giving $14,000 this year, we met our TOTAL giving goal of $100,000 since the beginning of this journey!! (2016 fundraising + 6 annual events) Thank you all for your support!
$10,442 from race day alone
$14,000 Total to JRRP and related research studies
Each year it takes a lot of work, incredible volunteers, your participation, and the generosity of sponsors to make this growing race a success. Remember, we measure success in the people we reach in spreading awareness, advocating for patients, AND in the proceeds we can send off for crucial research…because all of those together can help prevent unnecessary suffering. Our goal for 2023 is 300-350 participants (physical & virtual). Be sure to join us again next September! Bring ALL your friends to join the fun, and help us continue making a difference in the lives of aortic patients and future affected.