Records Broken at the 4th Annual Midnight Charity Race
What an amazing night. 165 runners hit the road in Shenzhen’s 4th Annual Midnight Charity Race – a charity event supporting the work of Captivating International. This event, founded and organized by Greg Schultheis, has grown year on year to now become an event being locked into everyone’s annual November calendar. The 5km and 10km midnight race is forming an amazing history. It all started in 2009 when 16 guys new to running got together with the aim of running 10km in less than an hour – starting at 11pm and finishing by midnight. Word spread about the event and in 2010, the event morphed into a fund-raiser supporting the work of Captivating International with 50 runners joining the challenge raising RMB60k for the charity. 2011 saw 125 runners, and RMB113k.
But the past Saturday night saw ALL records broken. A record 165 runners and corporate sponsors, and over RMB130k raised for Project Eden – a Guangdong based Captivating initiative. Running times were also smashed. The fastest man for 10kms, Daan Ooievaar, taking just 40:15 minutes, with the fastest woman Alena Bednarova taking just 45:09 minutes. The first placed 5km man was Arlo Kipfer with a time of 23:14; with the first placed 5km woman Lynn Lee taking just 24:28 minutes. Special for the whole night was having over 20 of the older children supported by this event and Captivating actually run in the event this year. They had a real blast and are pictured above.
Captivating International wants to give special thanks to Greg and his team. Amazing events like this take lots of planning and this event simply gets bigger and better each year. Also, to all the Shenzhen based runners and corporate sponsors, your support makes it possible for kids from difficult backgrounds and circumstances live with genuine hope for a better tomorrow. Corporate sponsors – you are quite amazing. You give generously each year to support an event and program that really does not bring you much in the way of business promotion or publicity – and yet you still give. Thank you so much to all of you listed below:
Rapscallions Cafe Bar
United Foodservice Group
Chang Hong Furniture
Amrosia Global Sourcing and Inspection
Barefoot Beach Bar
Oneal by Kai Yuan
Enjoy the photos from the night, check more photos by visiting captivating blog http://www.captivating.org/. Special thanks to Radek Bednarova for pulling together many of these.