Run a Half Marathon, Go To Busch Gardens And Colonial Williamsburg For Free

The weekend of May 19 and 20th, an 8K race and half-marathon will be held to benefit great causes and includes a bonus for participants.  The 2nd Annual Run for the Dream takes place in Williamsburg, VA, and funds raised go to the children’s charity An Achievable Dream and three Wounded Warrior programs: Achilles Freedom Team, Disabled Sports USA and the Virginia Wounded Warrior Project.  Plus, registered runners can receive passes to Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg.  Continue after the break for more details on the races and charities.

The half-marathon takes place on Sunday, May 20th, and benefits An Achievable Dream (AAD), a nonprofit organization that operates two K-12 schools.  These schools are founded on the belief that all children can learn and succeed regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds; and that education can break the cycle of poverty.  Students of AAD are called “Dreamers,” and the dream of the foundation is to close the achievement gap that currently exists in American education.

The “Run for the Dream” half-marathon starts at William and Mary College, runs through the streets of Colonial Williamsburg, and finishes back at the William and Mary football stadium.  The first 3,000 registrants for the half-marathon are eligible for a free pass and $15 meal voucher to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, good for May 18-20th.  Note: Busch Gardens brand new roller coaster Verbolten is currently scheduled to open on Friday, May 18th.

The day before the half-marathon, Saturday, May 19th, the “Fit to Run, Fit to Dream” 8K will be held.  The 8K starts and finishes at William and Mary College, and winds its way through the streets of Colonial Williamsburg.  May 19 is Armed Forces Day, and the 8K will honor and benefit Wounded Warriors and our nation’s military personnel and veterans.  The first 6,000 registrants in either the 8K or half-marathon race will receive a free pass to Colonial Williamsburg for race weekend.  Those competitors who complete both races, the 8K on Saturday, May 19th and half-marathon on Sunday, May 20th, qualify for the “Patriots Challenge” and will receive an additional finishers medal.

These races are managed by Dave McGillivray’s DMSE Sports.  McGillivray has been the Boston Marathon’s race director for the past 22 years, and has a 30+ year running career including a notable run across the United States.  For more information about Dave McGillivray, check out our interview with the inspiring runner.  For more running adventures, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.