The Race Across Michigan (RAM) is an annual event held by the University of Michigan Running Club (MRun) to raise money for the Special Olympics. The runners start at 6 AM on the Detroit river, and they take turns running the 184 miles across the state of Michigan.
The runners will run for a total of nearly 24 hours to finish in South Haven, on the coast of Lake Michigan. Leading up to the event, the participants engage with Special Olympics athletes and raise donations for Special Olympics Michigan to support this incredible organization. Last year, MRun was able to raise over $30,000 for the organization!
If you want to donate by cash or check, make checks payable to "Special Olympics"
If you want to donate online, you can visit our First Giving site! And if you have any questions, you can contact the RAM coordinators via email below.
In addition to supporting MRun's Race Across Michigan, myTEAM TRIUMPH also works with MRun to host the Homecoming Hustle 5k. For those of you who have participated, thank you for helping raise money for myTEAM TRIUMPH! We hope you will join us again in the future!
The Michigan Running Club volunteers with Nature Area Preservation and help clean up at local nature areas around Ann Arbor. NAP days are one of the ways that the Michigan Running Club gives back to the local community, especially since many of the trails we run on are part of the system NAP helps to maintain!
The Yemen Fundraising Campaign was organized by the Michigan Running Club in partnership with the Students for Yemen initiative and running clubs across the country. The Michigan Running club donated all funds towards UNICEF, who has been on the ground in Yemen leading the way to provide water, nutrition, education, and protection to children and families while collaborating closely with partners to meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable children. We ran and raised over $9000 for the crisis happening in Yemen.
The Running Club participates in the U of M Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society held at Palmer Field in April of each year. The idea is for every team to have someone walking around the track at all times, but naturally, as a running club, we run around the track for all 24 hours! In 2011, we walked/ran 530 miles in 24 hours. And while not running, we are singing karaoke, competing in basketball and dodgeball tournaments, and generally having a grand old time.
For our spirit and dedication to the event, we have received the Most Spirited Team Award at Relay for Life in 2008, 2009, and 2010. But most importantly, through Saturday-night bake sales, on-site fundraisers (pie in the face, anyone?) and individual fundraising, we have raised over $10,000 for cancer research through the years.