Running to Help Others

April 13, 2017 by Public Relations Staff

Running to Help Others

Written by Dave Cottrell

I’ve led an active life since I was a small child. I grew up a roller speed skater and was introduced to running a couple years ago by my wife. After completing multiple 5K races within a year, we were infected with the running bug and I started training for a 10K.

After stopping and restarting my training due to complications, I ended up with a stress fracture in my foot and was sidelined until the spring of 2016.

I had planned to sign up for the entire 2016 Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series and run the full marathon that September, but was unsure what I would be ready for coming off my injury. I ran the National Interstate 8K and ended up just beating my goal time at the Goodyear Half Marathon, so I signed up for the half marathon at the FirstEnergy Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay. I was able to break 2 hours at the September race, which was my goal. I was so excited and it motivated me to sign up for the entire race series again the following year, this time with plans to run the full marathon.

Feeling good, at age 52,  and prepping for my first full marathon on April 30, I decided to sign up for the 2017 Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series and become a Children’s Champion so that I could not only make a difference for myself, but help others also.

As a child I made a few trips of my own to the Akron Children’s for everything from a chipped ankle to a ruptured appendix to a pretty serious staph infection, which could have cost me my leg had we waited any longer. The entire staff at Akron Children’s always took care of me in my time of need.

After I signed up as a Children’s Champion I utilized the resources available on my personal fundraising page and sent out emails to over 300 people and posted on social media about my fundraising efforts. I made sure to thank people on social media when they donated, which prompted even more people to give. Within 2 months of signing up, I had already reached my initial fundraising goal of $1,000, thanks to the companies that got behind my efforts and the support of my friends.

I encourage others to do their part and sign up as a Children’s Champion to support the children that may need Akron Children’s. Whether it was us personally, a friend, relative or whomever, we all know children that have needed or will need the help that Akron Children’s offers and we never want a lack of support to be the reason why they can’t receive it. We train hard because we are able, let’s support them because we can!

Sign up to join me as a Children’s Champion at

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