ABOUT THE GREAT CANDY RUN

Why Candy?

CANDY!  Choosing candy at a candy store delights everyone!  We bring that sweet treat excitement to an unbeatable family event. The race, originally known as the Race for Fetal Hope, celebrates its 14th anniversary in Denver in 2017, and will also be run in Minneapolis and Seattle. Runners, walkers, and spectators enjoy the themed 5K course, a family festival featuring games, activity stations, amazing face painting, great refreshments, giveaways and much, much more! Visit each city’s event page for more SWEET details!

Promoting a Healthy Life

Can an event called The Great Candy Run promote a healthy lifestyle? We say, “Yes!”  Parents who come out with their little ones set a great example that can last a lifetime.  Whether you’re running, walking the 5K, or simply chasing your little one through the fun family festival, The Great Candy Run gets you moving for a sweet reward!

The Great Candy Run welcomes school groups and youth running clubs that encourage young athletes: in 2013 alone, approximately 2,500 youth completed their very first 5K at a Great Candy Run event!

Giving Back

The Race was started in 2003 as a way to raise funds and awareness of fetal syndromes.  800,000 families a year learn their unborn baby is affected by a fetal syndrome, and fetal syndromes take 200 babies from their families every day. Running to help the smallest people? We can’t imagine a better reason to form a team, grab a friend, rally the family and join the race. All the candy just makes the day a bit sweeter.

THE SWEETEST STAFF

Great Candy Run Jacksonville

Connie Smith

Jacksonville Race Director 2017 Favorite Candy: Salted Carmel Chocolates Favorite Fitness Activity: As a fitness instructor and training for an Ironman and Marathon this one was really hard. I love a good Spinning Class. The sweat, the music, and a good climb (which is something we don’t get to do

Michelle Somers Great Candy Run

Michelle Somers

Volunteer Coordinator An avid runner and proud mother of TTTS survivors, Michelle hopes to someday watch her daughters perform on Broadway (or cure cancer). A proud alumna of Bowling Green State University, Michelle built a career working in corporate accounting, finance and managing a global billing department. She respectfully stepped

Lonnie Somers

Lonnie is the President and owner of Hallucination Sports and serves as the Denver The Great Candy Run Race Director. Lonnie has over 10 years of experience in many areas in the event industry in producing and timing/scoring endurance sports events.

Erika Ferraco

Erika Wolf Ferraco has served as our Director Sponsorships since January of 2013. Erika started with Fetal Health in January 2013. Previously, Erika worked as a Wellness Coach with US Corporate Wellness, was a 5K race director and coached Girls on the Run.

THE FETAL HEALTH FOUNDATION HELPS FAMILIES DIAGNOSED WITH A FETAL CONDITION

The Fetal Health Foundation (FHF) is a well respected nonprofit organization that provides support and information, funds research, increases awareness, and serves as an outlet for leading medical information pertaining to fetal conditions and syndromes.

More than 800,000 pregnancies are affected by a fetal syndrome diagnosis each year. The Foundation provides a crucial link to families so that they may access world class maternal fetal medical experts as well as diagnosis-specific information. The Foundation also provides connections and counseling to support families through a difficult time. In addition, the Foundation works directly with fetal centers to grant important research funds to further study fetal syndromes and treatments. To date, FHF has provided financial assistance to more than 300 families and awarded nearly $100,000 in research grants.