Team RWB Firecracker Virtual Race

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I’ve talked about Team Red, White & Blue a few times over the past couple of years. It’s one of my favorite charities – and one that means a lot to my husband and I.

Team RWB is a nonprofit organization that supports U.S. veterans by connecting them through physical and social activities. There are loads of local chapters that host events, runs and meetings.

You can read about Team RWB here.

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Team RWB is hosting a virtual race for the 4th of July – the Firecracker 4 and 10 miler. Every single dollar raised will go directly to Team RWB. Last year, they raised $31,000. Their goal this year is $50,000.

Here are the details:

– Distance: Run or walk 4 or 10 miles
– Date: anytime between June 27 and July 12
– Cost: $39
– All entrants will receive a medal and t-shirt (must input your results after the run)

My husband and I are both signing up for the virtual race. We are going to do a family stroller one morning (either two singles or double (and alternate pushing!)).

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      tommy9

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