A Special HOPE Relay Experience

Ten miles… I had no idea I was going to be running a little over 10 miles in the first HOPE Relay (thankfully we only run 3.1 now). I had been connected with Project Hope Foundation for a long time, so when I was asked to fill in on a team that only had 3 runners, I agreed without hesitation.  I was a college freshman and a student athlete, so I thought I was in good shape.  My team was a little older than me, so I was volunteered to run the hardest legs.  Ten miles later, I was hooked.  The camaraderie and support that came with the team aspect of the race really illustrated what it is like for families affected by an autism diagnosis and the team they must have around them to fight the everyday struggles these families know all too well.  We have also seen this camaraderie grow with our 5k run/walk event.  Families are able to walk or run together, which has created many great memories and picturesque moments.  All of this was the idea behind the Relay, and it has continued to grow ever since.

Being part of a team was nothing new for me.  I played 3 sports in high school and was now on a collegiate baseball team.  I knew how important team bonding was for success, so I decided to ask my college coach if we could go as a team.  I thought I would have to convince him, but he instantly agreed.  We showed up in our workout gear, a united front, and absolutely crushed the relay.  Some of our guys were not long distance runners.  Heck, they weren’t even runners, but their teammates encouraged them and pushed them to finish their part of the race.

This idea of pushing one another, encouraging each other, and celebrating each person doing their part is the key component of success for the team of people involved with a child on the spectrum.  Whether it’s the parents, siblings, and line therapists on the front lines, or the supervisors and support staff coordinating strategic plans, each team member has an important role in gaining skills the child can use to fight this diagnosis.

I have had many roles throughout the years of the Relay, from fill-in, to team recruiter, to planning committee member, to now working for this great organization, and I cannot wait to see this event continue to grow.  Who knows when another fill-in runner sees what this organization is about and comes on staff to make a difference in the autism community.  We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Relay!

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2015 HOPE Relay Winners – Boot Camp, Costume, Team Name, Fundraisers and Recruiters

2015 HOPE Relay Winners (Go Green Timing shared winners of 5K, 20K Relay and 40K Relay)

Boot Camp – Ladies

  1. Quick Like Cat
  2. Troop FIA 864

Boot Camp – Men

  1. F3 Station A
  2. F3 Station C

Best Team Name

  1. Red Hot Chili Steppers

Best Costume (tie)

  1. Troop FIA 864, WIB: Women in Black, and Agile*1

Top Fundraisers

  1. Vaughn family & Patton family
  2. Rothermel family


Top Participant Recruiters

  1. Josh Hyman
  2. Haidee Mago


2015 College Cup

  1. Wofford University

2015 Corporate Cup

  1. HKA Enterprises

2015 HOPE Relay Gear Pick Up Tomorrow – These participants are available to pick up gear tomorrow at Whole Foods

Tomorrow is our 2015 HOPE Relay presented by HKA Enterprises Race Gear Pick Up. If you are unable to make it to Whole Foods tomorrow, then that is fine as you can pick up gear Saturday at the Kroc Center at Registration.

HOPE 20K Relay

  1. PC Softball
  2. Team Dean B
  3. Team Dean C
  4. Kickin’ Asphalt for Hope
  5. Hose for Hope (all three teams)
  6. Hot Flashes
  7. Fantastic Four
  8. Runaway Moms
  9. Worst Pace Scenario
  10. Just Keep Swimming (Off Like a Prom Dress)
  11. The Four Fantastic Friends
  12. Running My Hasslehoff
  13. Not Alone
  14. Girl’s on Fire
  15. Mary’s Minions
  16. Connor’s Autism Awareness Avengers
  17. Aches & Pains
  18. Crunching Numbers, taking names
  19. Baldor
  20. Super Moms
  21. Sayegh
  22. Team Courageous
  23. Agony of Defeet
  24. Slow Motion



  1. Agile*1
  2. Asher’s Angelfish
  3. Team Bridgeway
  4. Born to be a Super Hero
  5. Jaxon’s Minecraft Walkers
  6. Pow! Bam! Kappa Gam! (Kappa Kappa Gamma)
  7. Running from New York
  8. The T-Bones
  9. Vested Partners
  10. Hope Alive Junior
  11. 5tastic Walkers
  12. Captain Christopher Marvel
  13. Walking for Hope Reach (Spartanburg)
  14. Team Brayden
  15. Madison’s Gang
  16. Hose for Hope (Kendell Peterson)
  17. TEAM Jack Attack
  18. Ezman Family
  19. Kimak Family
  20. To Hope, and Beyond
  21. 4Balance Fitness Ninjas
  22. Jacob’s Flashing into Action
  23. Spilkers Sock it to Autism
  24. Team Gilden
  25. HomeTrust Bank
  26. Crunching Numbers, taking names


HOPE Boot Camp

FIA teams (4 teams)

F3 teams (4 teams)


HOPE 20K Run Relay is a relay event where team of four participants will each run the course independently and then exchange a slap bracelet between each run concluding with fourth runner running 3.1 mile course. Team members are encouraged to join final runner on Swamp Rabbit Trail to finish course together.

HOPE 5K is a run or walk event where individuals, groups, companies, schools walk or run 3.1 mile course together or independently. We will set the HOPE 5K up in groups of 50 to 60 participants to start in intervals to better assist the flow out of the Kroc Center. The intervals will be released on Thursday, November 12 but currently our plan is to do starts by Bib Numbers (for ex: 300 – 360 9:00 AM, 361 – 420 9:03 AM).

HOPE Boot Camp is a team event where four participants will run or walk the 3.1 mile course and perform exercises at each team activity station on course (we have 5 team activity stations). Individual Boot Camps are allowed and they would do 1/4 of the exercise total at each station. Starts will be at 8:50 AM.


2015 HOPE Relay – How to add in offline check or cash donations to personal fundraising page

2015 HOPE Relay Participants,

Thank you for your support of Project HOPE Foundation. We are excited to have you join us and our efforts this year. Please find a video link assisting you in accounting for offline check or cash donations supporting your personal fundraising efforts. We are more than happy to receive checks or cash donations and we encourage checks or cash of donations larger than $250.

Video Link – https://www.dropbox.com/s/iyk8oapwbt6pooj/Hope%20Relay%20Participation.mov?dl=0

Thanks for helping us exceed our goal of raising $115,000 this year.


2015 HOPE Relay Planning Committee

2015 HOPE Relay – How to register and set up fundraising page

2015 HOPE Relay Participants,

Thank you for your support of Project HOPE Foundation. We are excited to have you join us and our efforts this year. Please find a video link assisting you in registering for the 2015 HOPE Relay and setting up your personal fundraising page to help us raise critical dollars this year for the foundation.

Video Link – https://www.dropbox.com/s/iyk8oapwbt6pooj/Hope%20Relay%20Participation.mov?dl=0

We hope by watching this video the process in getting involved and engaged is much easier. Once you have set up your fundraising page then sharing it is available through email and social media.

Thanks for helping us exceed our goal of raising $115,000 this year.


2015 HOPE Relay Planning Committee

2015 HOPE 20k Run Relay and HOPE 5k Course Map Released

The 2015 HOPE Relay – HOPE 20k Run Relay and HOPE 5k Course Map

A Course Map may be found at http://www.plotaroute.com/route/100582 .  Please watch the animation. You can slow the animation down by clicking on the timer in the bottom left corner to the slowest setting. Check icons in upper right corner for additional information and options.

We look forward to a special event this year!

HOPE Relay Planning Committee