Bright and early Sunday morning, Tar Heels of all ages gathered around the Old Well to run the sixth annual Kilometers For The Kids race.
Hosted by Carolina For The Kids, the largest student-run nonprofit in North Carolina, the race took place during Carolina Family Weekend and featured a one-mile Fun Run and 5k. Hannah Dix, executive director of Carolina For The Kids, said the event helps connect students and their families with the foundation’s cause.
“What’s really nice about the race the past few years is we’ve had the opportunity to partner with family weekend, and that’s been really great because so many of our runners will bring their families, and their parents,” Dix said. “That’s really special for committee members, and people who participate so heavily in our organization, because their families get to see firsthand what they’re doing.”
All the money raised at Kilometers For The Kids will go directly towards supporting the patients and families at UNC Children’s Hospitals. Dara Burg, publicity chair of Carolina For The Kids, said the foundation raises money to help cover the costs of hospital stays not covered by insurance – such as gas cards and meals.
“Everything we do is FTK – or For The Kids,” Burg said. “So the main goal for this event is to provide that financial support, but also the emotional support for our patients and families.”