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12/28/12 3:23 P

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I'm really happy too!! And I signed up for the 5k yesterday!!

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12/28/12 12:02 P

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I'm so happy to hear that Sondra that you knew someone who could postively vouch for the race! I'm so glad it isn't a scam.

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12/27/12 2:10 P

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I really loved the idea of this race but after reading other people's comments I was worried that the race might be a scam. One of my SparkPeople friends, Tiagayepfa, is a serious runner who lives in Tampa. I thought she might know something about the race and indeed she did. Here is the message I received from her:

Yes, it is legitimate. I know the race directors personally (Benjamin & Beth Shaw) and they were overwhelmed when the virtual race went viral, and of course with that came suspicions of it being a scam. I'm signed up for it! Feel free to check out the Facebook page for it as well:
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I was so relieved to hear this that I asked her whether I could share her message on this page and she was happy to have me let all of you know. So now I am definitely signing up for the race and I hope lots of other people from this team will too.

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12/22/12 10:57 A

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I'm going to sign up as well, Kandolaker.

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12/22/12 10:29 A

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I signed up and feel comfortable that it is legit.

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12/21/12 2:54 P

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I don't know, I didn't think to look into it. It was on Active.com and just thought it sounded like a great idea.

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12/20/12 1:50 P

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I agree. Linda - was there a way to contact the organizers to get some legitimacy?

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I hope it is legit. Some groups may not choose to go through United Way, or may send the amount after it's already done to United Way. My experience with United Way is that a lot of money they collect goes to their overhead and so I prefer to donate some other way. I used to work at a nonprofit agency that got a small amount of United Way funding for a few years. then I was at one of their meetings when their budget was discussed and was astounded at how much went for overhead for their services and how little actually went to direct services. I don't know what happens when funds are donated for a specific cause, such as this one, to their agency. I hope all donations specifically for Sandy Hook actually go to direct services. I'm not trying to dissuade anyone from donating to United Way, just saying that because a fundraiser is not linked to them doesn't mean it's not legit. I sure hope this race is legit because it would be a great way to raise support for them. I so hate it when groups or individuals use a great need as a way for personal gain.

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12/19/12 7:26 P

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this is what i found on the united way website. it has a contact number.

http://www.unitedway.org/blog/entry/unit
ed-way-establishes-fund-to-support-new
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12/19/12 3:40 P

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I hope it is legit too - since it is a great idea.

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12/19/12 2:44 P

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ya wonder, how can some one be so low? I hope it is legit, there is alot of healing that needs to be done,


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12/19/12 1:52 P

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Actually, there is some question as to whether this is a legit fundraiser or not, especially since it's not being publicized on the local United Way website for that neck of the woods in Connecticut. I would do a bit more research before sending your money for this.

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12/19/12 1:47 P

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Awesome idea! As someone who didn't live too far from Newtown and have friends that were closely connected to the tragedy, it's definitely something that's important to me.

Thanks for posting this!

Jane

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12/19/12 1:38 P

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Thanks for sharing LindaKay. It is a virtual race, and people can walk or run anytime between now and January 31st!

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Cool...thanks!

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Thanks Linda. I live a couple towns over from Sandy Hook/Newtown. It's nice to see such widespread support.

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I saw this today and thought I'd share it with the team. I can't possibly go to Tampa to run this race on January 31, but thought I would pay the registration fee to support the cause (it goes to help the families of the tragedy) and do a virtual 5 k race that day at home in honor of those. I thought maybe some others might want to do the same thing. Here's the link

www.active.com/half-marathon/tampa-f
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