While we're going to miss the epic dance party with over 10,000 of your smiling faces this year, we're still on a quest to raise a boatload of money for St. Luke's Children's Hospital through this year's VIRTUAL FitOne 5K/10K/Half Marathon this September! 

While we hoped that COVID-19 wouldn't still be a thing come September, ultimately the organizers of St. Luke's FitOne knew that it'd be hard to pull off the largest road race in Idaho while properly following the CDC's COVID-19 guidelines for large events. That's why they're taking the race virtual this year!

What's that mean for you? This year you won't have to worry about parking, rainy or cold weather or standing in a long lines at the port-a-potties this year. It also means that if you don't want to run up Depot Hill, you won't have to. You pick the course. You pick the date anytime between September 18-26! They're celebrating registration kick-off on Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9 and all distances are just $20. Kids 12 and under are FREE with a paid adult.

So what do you get when you sign-up for the virtual race? Beside the amazing feeling that you've helped out the only children's hospital in the state by signing up for the race you get the COOLEST SWAG in the history of FitOne. For no extra charge, they'll mail you your race shirt, Albertsons breakfast bag, race bib, other sponsor swag and a finisher's medal! You read that right, EVERYONE gets a FitOne finisher's medal this year!

Why Should You Join Our Team?

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In addition to all the cool swag you see above, all members of the LITE-FM and Camp Rainbow Gold "107.9 LITE-FM Good as Gold" team will be automatically entered to win an Amazon Fire Tablet and a year's subscription to Disney+. The direct link to sign up for our team can be accessed by clicking HERE. 

You can earn additional entries by:

  • Posting a picture on Instagram and tagging @1079litefm and @camprainbowgold. Post as many photos as you'd like between now and September 26. Each is worth a bonus entry. Post a photo of your registration, a picture from your training, a picture of you doing your virtual race, a picture of who you "Shine" for, a picture letting people know that September is also Childhood Cancer awareness month, etc. Get creative! We want to feel as connected to you as possible!
  • After you've registered, click here to send me an e-mail with a screenshot of the free LITE-FM mobile app on your smart phone. Having it means you'll never miss an important race update from us!

But This is the Real Reason We Want You On 107.9 LITE-FM's Team!

Running's always been a passion of mine. Between high school track, fundraising with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training and putting in some steps with my friends from Team Run Boise, I've met some really incredible individuals. One of those individuals is Angelyn Wade, a high school student who's already done more charitable work than most of us have in a lifetime.

Angelyn and the Wade Family
Angelyn and the Wade Family

A few years ago, Angelyn met a toddler who was battling cancer and was heart broken when she saw older kids picking on this little girl because she had lost her hair as a result of chemo treatments. In that moment, she was determined to make a difference by donating over 12 inches of her hair to Wigs for Kids to help create wigs for kids bravely fighting childhood cancer. Along the way, she raised almost $7,000 for the little girl who inspired her to cut her hair.

I met Angelyn through her mom Nikki and my running club.  The first year they were on my FitOne team, the whole family showed up decked out in gold and I didn't know why.  That's when Angelyn explained to me that September (when the race takes place) is also Childhood Cancer Awareness month and that her family wears gold to spread the message.

Michelle Heart, Townsquare Media

She reached out to me and my friend Elizabeth Challenger-Lizberg, the executive director of Camp Rainbow Gold, to see if we could team up and make the official LITE-FM team color gold to help spread the word.  Without hesitation, I agreed. I've had the honor of being a bus monitor for Camp Rainbow Gold in the past and the difference that Camp makes in not just the lives of kids battling cancer, but their family's lives as well is amazing.  The kids I met on the way to oncology camp were wise beyond their years because of what they've been through at such a young age...but at the same time were just so sweet and innocent as they were talking about horseback riding, campfires and swimming. The amount of fight and resilience in those kids is something I can't put into words. I can just say that I'm blessed to have been part of their lives for a few hours.

Michelle Heart, Townsquare Media Boise
Michelle Heart, Townsquare Media Boise

When there's not a pandemic, Camp Rainbow Gold provides Idaho kids fighting cancer to experience summer camps and more, in a place where their diagnosis doesn't rule, but being a kid does! They also offer a sibling camp for kids who may feel a little forgotten as their parents worry about their sick brother or sister and a family camp for the family to spend time together. All of these services are FREE to campers.This year's they're pivoting to create a unique online program for their campers.

Camp Rainbow Gold has amazing partnerships within St. Luke's Children's Hospital and MSTI Pediatrics, so to team up and make our FitOne team color "gold" in honor of their campers and other children battling cancer...it was a no brainer.

So What Say You?

So what do you say?! Can we do it this year?! Can LITE-FM have the biggest team at this year's virtual St. Luke's FitOne to honor those kids and give back to the people who help them heal at St. Lukes?! We already know that in addition to Camp Rainbow Gold our friends from Team Run Boise will be by our side on race day! We want you there too! Remember to click HERE to sign up on June 8 & 9!

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