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Running For Angels Virtual Race logo.

The Running For Angels Virtual Race is a 5k race to benetit the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics. Registered participants will walk or run 5k during the week of 4/21/13. You can do it all at once, or over the course of a couple of days. There are 2 different options. For only $20 you are registered for the race and you get a custom 2.5 inch medal made by Running Awards, or for only $30 you get race registration, the custom medal, and a tech tee.

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Running For Angels Virtual Race medal design.

About $7 of every registration goes the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics to fund reseach for treatment of Angelman Syndrome.

A special note from Tim…

Hello everyone. This is my first race I’ve every coordinated. It has been a very challenging, but rewarding experience. For those that don’t know, this cause means a whole lot to me. I do many fundraisers during my races to raise money for F.A.S.T. My cousin’s daughter Kyla was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome and I will continue to run for her and all of the other “Angels” . To read the whole story about Angelman Syndrome and my fundraising check out https://timsrunningreviews.wordpress.com/ask-me-why-i-run/

-Tim

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I’ve only been running for 2 1/2 years, and in that time I’ve earned a few medals. They’ve just been piling up on my mirror one by one, not even highlighting some of the nice ribbons they hang from. Like any other runner, I’ve worked very hard for each of those and they should be displayed in a much better way. For about a year I’ve contemplated getting a medal hanger but all of them that I’ve found were severely over-priced. The nicest hangers I saw were made by Allied Medal Displays, but the couple of them I wanted were priced between $60 and $80. Although they were very nice, I would have to spend almost $200 to display everything. There had to be a different way – Something more cost effective.

I came up with an idea to simply use 2 hooks and a dowel in between. I didn’t want it to look cheap, but after all, the display should highlight the medals rather than the rack they hang from. I went to my local Lowe’s to take a look at some ideas and hopefully see something that would work. It almost made sense to start with the dowels and find one that would be strong enough without being too thick. They had some 3/8 inch dowels made of oak that looked pretty nice and they were certainly strong enough. Only $1.19 for a 36 inch cut. That’s a great start, so I grabbed 2 and searched for the hooks. That place is enormous, and it’s hard to find anything so I ended up asking an employee where they were. I have to say, he was pretty rude. He didn’t even stop walking past me as he told me where to find them. That attitude didn’t make any sense to me. Anyone that knows me would agree that I’m very friendly when I approach people, and this case was no different. Maybe he was really rushed on other tasks. Next week is the kickoff of holiday shopping season and I’m sure he had a million things to do, but that’s still no excuse.

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Okay… I’m done venting now. Back to the hooks. I scored a 6 pack of some 3/4 inch cup hooks with a shiny brass finish for only $1.18. The dowels fit perfectly. This brought the grand total to $3.77 with tax. At that price I can scrap the whole idea if it looks bad.

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I cut the dowels in half and screwed the hooks into the wall. I think it’s a huge improvement over the way it looked before.

TOTAL COST: $3.77

TOTAL MAN HOURS USED: 10 MINUTES

I’d say this was completetly worth it. Hopefully my idea helps someone out there.

Tim