Registration opens for the Virtual Quarter Marathon- Kendra Scott Special Edition to support Brain Injury Recovery Foundation
Run, walk, roll, or ride and help people suffering from brain and spinal cord injuries
Tulsa, OK – Putting a new spin on virtual races. Registration is open October 1, 2020 thru November 30, 2020 for the Special Edition race. The Virtual Quarter Marathon Series is in its second quarter of virtual races with the theme “Marathon your Way” because of its inclusivity and unique distance. Participants can tackle the 1 mile, 5k, Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles), Half Marathon, Marathon and/or Ultra Marathon, anytime, anywhere, at their own pace as long as they run, walk, roll or ride their miles by December 31, 2020. Participants can earn a coin, spinning-medal, shirt and Kendra Scott necklace while helping raise money for the Brain Injury Recovery Foundation.
So what’s different about the special edition race? The Quarter Marathon series has partnered with Kendra Scott and participants earn a coin, spinning-medal, shirt, AND a Kendra Scott necklace when completing their race! They will have a choice from three different colors of the necklace so they can wear their accomplishment everyday in a way that fits their style. All proceeds still benefit Brain Injury Recovery Foundation. In fact, even if you aren’t a runner, you too can help support this wonderful cause. Head over to the registration link at quartermarathon.com and select purchase necklace. This allows you to get your bling without running, while still supporting Brain Injury Recovery Foundation. Don’t forget your loved ones need holiday gifts! This is a great way to give a gift that helps support a wonderful cause.
Looking for a bigger challenge? They are offering a fundraising option for individuals and teams. The top three winners in both the distance and fundraising categories will receive a marathon quality trophy.
Foundation Directors Chris Lieberman and Kim Hann are no strangers to the event world. After founding and producing the Route 66 Marathon and the Center of the Universe Festival for years, they are now bringing two of their favorite passions together for this one-of-a-kind virtual race. Since COVID-19 hit, fundraising for charities have come to a halt. They found a creative way to keep their fundraising efforts going.
Lieberman and Hann are known for creating some out-of-this-world experiences in both the running and music industry. This new event is no different, with a unique listening experience for participants. They are also partnering with some of the best in the running and music industry. World-class runner and recently retired Runner's World Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso – known as the “Mayor of Running” - will lead a special narration for participants. It will feature a virtual countdown and motivational tips accompanied by a fun energetic playlist created by DJ Moody. It will be the first time ever that participants can run, ride, or roll virtually with Bart.
“I'm very excited about being the voice of the Quarter Marathon Virtual Race Series. Running isn't about how far you go, but how far you've come. My dear friend Chris Lieberman has come a long way since his brain injury,” explained Bart Yasso.
Participants will also be helping people like Lieberman, who fell nearly ten feet from a ladder in March 2016 at his event warehouse, suffering a traumatic brain injury. Doctors predicted he wouldn’t survive, and if he did, he wouldn’t live a productive life. But Lieberman defied the odds. Hann and his family worked to best care possible at neuro hospitals and rehab centers around the country. It was a challenge because there are no neuro Activity-Based therapy centers in Oklahoma. They are now racing to change that to raise money for their foundation and build a center in Tulsa that will be Oklahoma’s first Activity-Based Therapy (ABT) center. The center will treat neurological injuries such as brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, amputation, and Multiple Sclerosis. In addition, they are developing several advocate and support programs for patients and their caregivers.
Three years into Lieberman’s injury he was still not able to walk, which is why it was important to he and Hann to host an event which recognizes wheelchair participants. To be inclusive and inspire home, the Virtual Quarter Marathon gives them an option to “roll” or be pushed in the race.
“We have also been avid cyclists so we wanted to make sure they were included as well. This truly is a race for everyone” said Lieberman.
After spending three years in a wheelchair, Lieberman and Hann left the state again to find care and for eight months they drove back and forth to an ABT Center in Dallas.
“It depleted our energy and financial resources. No one else should endure that. They should have access to the resources and financial support needed,” said Hann. “Our goal for Defy Neuro Rehabilitation Center’s is to be able to offer services for free someday – similar to St. Jude.
Lieberman adds that with Insurance restrictions, even if they survive, patients often don’t have the money they need to recover. “That is why our foundation is creating the events needed to raise the money for our clients so they can focus on recovering and not fundraising- we’re doing it for them.”
You can help by joining the race! Register for the Quarter Marathon Special Edition Race, October 1-December 31, 2020.
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