Run3rd Programs

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Elementary School Kids Deserve More!!!

After training all year long, it's RACE DAY!!!!!

Any parent or teacher can tell you that kids have more energy than they know what to do with. We believe that with a little bit of guidance and supervision, almost any  student can channel that joy in a way that benefits themselves, their families and their community.


We have designed a simple after-school running program for elementry school students. Supported by the Districts and championed by their schools, kids have a chance to learn about running, about themselves and about the world around them. -------------------------------------------------------
People who donated $100 or who’s name was picked out of the hat by February 1st, will receive an email to work out shipping details.


It's really fun to see a kid realize that they can participate in a 5k and then dedicate their run to others. Our goal is to help nurture healthy individuals and engaged citizens.


This is a relatively inexpensive program and the return is immediate and life long. The kids will remember their experience with this activity for the rest of their lives. Most people never attempt a 5k. These girls and boys do it in style. 


So far, we are in 13 schools in 3 states (Arizona, Florida & Arkansas) and growing all of the time. 

This is our 4th Annual Run3rd5k


You can visit the site and sign up for this year's run:
April 7th, 2018 -- or -- if you can't make it in person, you can sign up for what we call a "virtual run." This just means that you REGISTER ONLINE (easy enough) and will recieve in the mail, a Finishers Medal, a Race Bib, a Tee-Shirt and other little goodies. You can run or walk the 3.5 miles at your own pace in your own time. Some folks time it to cooincide with the terrestrial or IN PERSON race (Mesa, Arizona), I did that last year...or they just do it whenever. We've had elderly folks register, and they "run" it in spirit or count their steps over time. The goal is to have the registration money support the creation of new programs and manage the ones we've got going.

You can visit the Official Run3rd website:

There are videos and pictures and you can read all about the history of run3rd. It started many years ago and thousands of people have participated. The mission statement is the core idea: I run 1st for myself. I run 2nd for my family. I run3rd for others.


In fact, now, we have started an official Non-Profit Organization called, The Run3rd Alliance.
Our Official EIN # 82-0962991
We waiting for our final approval from the State of Arizona, which is why GoFundMe can't list it yet as such. 

You can visit our web site to get a sense of how our organization is shaping up.

That's all for now. This particular GOFUNDME Campaign is simply designed to compliment our 4th Annual Run3rd5k. 

The money will go directly to the charity which facilitates these programs. We are changing lives each semester. 


On behalf of the parents, teachers, communities and myself, I must thank you so much for your generosity!!!


Sean Astin
Founder of Run3rd
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Last night, my wife Christine and I, climbed to speak...all 200+ posters have been autographed, personalized as requested, tubed, a little extra note from me inserted, labeled and are ready to go.

They should have postage and be on their way tomorrow.

Special thanks to Mindy Przeor, who most of you know by now. She communicated with almost all of you, there are a few stragglers. Mindy, ordered all of the posters and tubes as well as furnishing a concise list of names/messages & organization (international shipping etc.).

Once all of the materials arrived...and we had 6+ hours (into the wee pre-dawn) to spare...voila...they are finished.

As I indicated during the campaign, this fundraiser was an intimate, personal effort, on my part to help give our fledgling 501c3 Run3rd Alliance some running room...pun of course intended. Bob Newby lame jokes have been a Sean speciality forevah!!!

I want to ask/beg you all again to Register for our

Just click the link. It’s painless and not too costly.
We’ll send you a Race Tee Shirt (my kids wear them as jammies) & a Medal. They are awesome keepsakes.

I know most of you were excited to get these posters, but now I consider you a part of Team #Run3rd. You are part of this effort to inspire kids to choose a physical activity and to accept responsibility for embracing a life of thoughtfulness and consideration for others.

Every single dollar from your 5k Registration Fee goes directly to these kids. So that they can afford to race and get a tee shirt and a medal and a race bib. Be it in person or virtually like you, they will know that their training efforts and good wishes are shared by people from all over the country...the world!!!

More updates soon.

Just know that I remain ever grateful to all of the schools, coaches, kids and supporters for adding our version of light into this kooky ol world.

Register at

Much love always,

Founder #Run3rd

I #Run3rd for YOU!!!
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Post Campaign Update #1

845 People Donated to Our Campaign

I have read all of the comments and personally responded to each and every one of you!!! Your encouragement is both inspiring and informative. Your stories are moving and healing. Your examples of compassion and thoughtful insight reveal a community of joy and love that isn't reflected on cable tv.

The last drawing for the POSTER PRIZE is complete.
All of those selected in the drawings will receive a separate email shortly.

Kelli Bosarge
Megan Vaughan
Jim Clark
Lisa Kinney
Darlis Honnold

224 People Donated $100 or more.

(A) Tonight, I sent emails to each of these donors from my run3rd Gmail account. Please don't respond to that email unless absolutely necessary. I need your restraint to aide my information management :-))) --seriously--

(B) Some people made multiple donations totaling at least $100. Hang in there, we'll find you.

(C) On Timing: I initially acquired 15 of each poster. Guess we overshot that estimate. I need to order nearly 200 more. I don't want to blow all of the money on shipping, so I expect things to arrive late next week or early the following.

If you haven't registered for the run yet, you are missing out. Even if you can't make it to the event in person in April, you still get the Medal, Shirt and Race number. This is what you built. Please stay involved.

Go to and put your details into the "Active" system.

Your $35 registration fee goes DIRECTLY TO THE PROGRAMS. It's great value and you'll love the swag.

At the end of the registration, there is an option to SHARE on FACEBOOK. DO THAT!!!!

It makes a world of difference. You don't have to do the run all at once if you don't have time to train get into the swing of it (you do). Take it at your own pace. We wan't you involved and invested in the day you helped make possible.

That's all for now.
Thank you for sticking with me!!!

I #Run3rd for Communication, Logistics, Participation and I #Run3rd for all of YOU!!!

Much Love Always,
Founder #Run3rd

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The Campaign is now closed.

Thank you all very much for your generosity and support.

Everyone who Donated $100 or more and everyone who's name was pulled from the hat will be contacted via separate email shortly to finalize details regarding the posters, including confirming which of the four posters was chosen, who it should be signed for and a mailing address.

The GoFundMe Message System is a bit limited and makes processing a couple hundred deliveries quite cumbersome.

Even if you listed your preference or typed in your mailing information, I'm going to ask for it again, maybe even typed a certain way, to make it faster to generate mailing labels and easier to manage your names for personalization.

I want to make this a swift a process, so that everyone gets their posters as soon as possible. I wasn't actually anticipating such an overwhelming response, so I'm now ordering more posters and tubes etc. This isn't a professional fulfillment team, it's just me and maybe one or two others helping.

I feel great about the task and I think I've worked out a really efficient way to do it all, but I appreciate your patience, should anything slow me down.

**Remember that your money is being used to put on a great 5k running event. I encourage everyone to go to our event website and REGISTER to participate. Most runners are familiar with "Active," the number one company race organizers use to check people in. It's easy. Just follow the steps and officially join the race! EVEN IF YOU CAN'T BE THERE :-)))

Registration Fees (roughly) $35 get you:
A Run3rd 5k Finisher Medal
A Run3rd 5k Tee-Shirt
A Run3rd Race Bib {those fancy running numbers}

We INVITE all of you to SIGN UP and make your way out there.

Saturday Morning - April 7th -
4th Annual Run3rd 5k
Red Mountain High School
Mesa, Arizona (near Phoenix)

If you can't make it, STILL REGISTER!!!
You can do the Run3rd 5k VIRTUAL option.
You get all the same cool stuff, but you run at home.
And, you know you are officially part of the race.

If you do Register, make sure to click the SHARE WITH YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS BUTTON.

**Last, please join our #RUN3RD FACEBOOK GROUP
You don't have to post, just check in on what the #Run3rd Community is up to.

This has been a wonderful campaign.
I'm glad I started it and I'm grateful you donated to it and it warms my heart that hundreds of elementary school students will benefit.

I Run 1st for myself
I Run 2nd for my family
I #Run3rd for all of YOU and all of THEM!!!!

Much Love Always,
Sean Astin
Founder of #Run3rd

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Hi Everyone,

I will be closing the campaign in one hour.

This is your last opportunity to Donate.
This is your last opportunity to SHARE.

The poster incentive will no longer be available once the campaign has ended.

For the next hour, people may still choose from the movie posters; If anyone Donates $100 (before it closes), I will sign and send the poster they choose; Goonies, Rudy, Lord of the Rings or Stranger Things.

Thank you all. This has been a bigger success than I could have imagined.

The Run3rd Alliance is the name of our 501c3 non-profit organization.

Thanks to all of you, when our board next meets, we will have options. All of the strategic planning and growth models, creativity and grand ideas can't get going without resources.

On behalf of everyone involved with #Run3rd, from the inspirational campaign, to everyone at the run3rd 5k, to the corporate officers, to the run3rd facebook group, to our run3rd team captains, to the schools, to the organizers who run the programs, to the students and their families, to our corporate sponsors and myself, I wish you giant Congratulations and deep appreciation for your support.

In the coming period of time, you will receive updates and emails about getting the posters out and other good stuff.

Remember, the core idea of #Run3rd is to ask for dedications, to make dedications and to accept dedications, all using them using the name and the hashtag.

I #Run3rd for all of you.

Who do you #Run3rd for?

Much Love Always,

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