Fundraising overview:

This race raises funds specifically earmarked for research to be sent to the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health for a better understanding of Aortic Aneurysm and Aortic Dissection so that aortic disease can 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 the foundation and research projects….to save lives.  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 run alone

$7,113.50 – Total to the foundation 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 run alone

$15,540 –  Total to the foundation 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 run alone

$8,770-  Total to the foundation 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 to the foundation for the year

2021 – It takes a lot of work, volunteers, your participation, and generosity to make this small but growing race a success. Remember, we measure success in the people we reach in spreading awareness, AND in the proceeds we can send off for crucial research. Because both of those together will save lives. Our goal this year is 250 participants and we hope you help us to reach that!