Happy Runner & Founder of More Miles Races
Hi, friends! I’m Kelly, the one-woman show behind More Miles Races. I get a lot of messages asking, “Who does this?” and “Are you a company?” SURPRISE! It’s just me! And since it is just me, let me tell you a little about myself.
Dubbed “Miss Laugh A Lot” in 1st grade, I still live up to that name and have carried that as a badge of honor ever since. An even bigger badge of honor? Being a mom to my two kids: Charlie (my daughter) and Mark (my son) who inspire me to live a joyful life every single day.
I love being a source of positivity and encouragement as they grow up and I take that mindset with me wherever I go, whether I’m running around my neighborhood, organizing an event, or doing a TikTok dance to celebrate my latest Good List Friday post on Instagram!
Now, before I get into what I do at More Miles Races, let’s talk about why I do it.
An important thing for you to know about me is that giving back is my jam. I have always felt the call to help others. I strongly believe that we should help our neighbors and give back to our community. That's how the world thrives!
Now, it’s one thing to value giving back and another thing to start organizing events for the running community where 100% of the registration fees are donated to charity. You’re probably wondering how it all started. I began when I went off to college at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and became a D1 rower on the crew team.
I quickly discovered D1 sports were not for me and picked up running instead. In 2011, my second year of college, I completed my first race: the Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon. I fell in love with the act of running and the community (I mean, since then I’ve run 25 half marathons, seven marathons, and a 50k, so I must love it)!
But not long after that first half marathon, a family friend passed away from cancer. That’s when I got my first taste of organizing a race with the Stand Up To Cancer 5k in 2014… then did it again for the next 3 years.
Since that first virtual 5k race in 2014, I’ve continued to organize a variety of virtual and in-person races. While I love the community of in-person events, virtual events are accessible to so many more runners. That’s why, through More Miles Races, I organize 1-2 virtual races a month.
Fast forward to now, my day job is to help runners as they fundraise to run or participate in races. Are you sensing a theme here? It’s also part of my job to manage our social media accounts and communication in general. Coupled with my experience managing running-related social media accounts for businesses… running, fundraising, and community-building are in my blood.
In case you haven’t guessed by now, my whole life revolves around running and fundraising! And I wouldn’t have it any other way, which is why I created More Miles Races.
What is More Miles Races?
More Miles Races organizes in-person and virtual events to bring the running community together and bring a positive light to those in need! 100% of the proceeds goes to the charity chosen for each event.
Imagine if you could use running as a force for good. Well, now you can. Make your miles mean more by joining our community of runners around the world in giving back.
The thing is… this isn’t just any community of runners. It’s a group who knows the power of positivity and that real change happens when we come together. So, what makes us different from other virtual race series?
We are the ONLY virtual race series that donates 100% of your race registration fee to the charity of each event. Between all our races, we have donated over $140,000 to help those in need.
My full-time job is working with fundraising with nonprofits. I have also been organizing races and fundraising events since 2014. I am made for this.
The global running community. Whether we’re running for a charity or participating in relief runs for natural disasters like the Australian wildfires, we run for good.
Everyone can participate. You can get involved even if you’re not a runner. When our community steps in, a simple $5 donation can go a long way.
What is More Miles Foundation?
More Miles Foundation is the nonprofit side to our races. By becoming More Miles Foundation, runners (like you!) can make their race fees tax deductible.
More Miles Foundation and More Miles Races believes runners can make a difference doing what they already do... RUN! We organize races for two reasons: to have fun and to give back. Because in our world, if we aren’t having fun, what’s the point?!
Join our community of thousands of runners around the globe who run for good. You can expect all in-person and events to focus on positivity and encouragement while also helping those in need. You can do both!
You can learn more about the Foundation at www.moremilesfoundation.org.