Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Run with (not after) Joe Jonas and raise money for Special Olympics Florida

I’m always inspired when celebrities compete in events to challenge themselves and to raise money for charity. Usually photos are released after the fact — some that come to mind are Oprah (1994, Marine Corps Marathon [4:29:15]), P. Diddy (2003,New York City Marathon [4:14:54]), Katie Holmes (2007, New York City Marathon [5:29:58]), Valerie Bertinelli (2010, Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half-Marathon [2:12:19].
I’m always drawn to the images at the finish line. I’m impressed and a little awed by their achievement. But mostly, I just like to see the rich and famous sweat a little.
And what’s better than seeing images after the event? How about seeing the celebrity as you pass them a mile into the run? OK, that may be wishful thinking. I imagine the Jonas Brothers stay pretty fit staying one step ahead of their adoring fans.

When I think about celebrities I’d like to run with while raising money for an important cause, several come to mind.  However the teenage girl buried deep inside me screams: Joe Jonas. Yes, Joe, the hottest Jonas Brother (in my humble opinion).
Joe will be running in the iWin 5k Fun Run Monday, Sept. 6 benefitting Special Olympics Florida. The fun run, at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, includes a 1k and 5k course, so everyone is welcome at this family-friendly event.
This run is one of several family events that Joe and his Change for the Children Foundation is hosting across the country to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics.
Registration fees are $30 per person if you register by Sept. 5. If you register the day of the event it’s $45 per person.
For those really motivated, top fundraisers will get to attend a meet and greet with Joe before the race and attend the Jonas Brothers concert Sept. 7 in West Palm Beach.
For more information and to register, go to http://www.firstgiving.com/jonasrunfl



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