Calling all St. Louis-area runners/walkers

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The subhead for this blog notes that content can range anywhere from Cardinals to baseball to anything of consequence. Consider this an entry that fits into the latter category.

In about two months, the nearby town of Kimmswick will be hosting a 5K and 1-mile walk and fun run to raise money for the ALS Foundation and the Nancy Ratliff Medical Fund. I realize there are races in this area all the time, most of which are formed to help various reputable charities. But I have a personal connection to this one, and I wanted to use any reach I have to bring some attention to this particular race.

One of my MLB.com colleagues, Jason Ratliff, began this now-annual race three summers ago. His mother, Nancy, was diagnosed with ALS (more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2009, and their family has been dealing with escalating medical costs since. You won’t read Jason’s byline anywhere on MLB.com, but his handprints are all over what we do. Jason does most of the behind-the-scenes work with our prospect pages and Minor League content. He is an invaluable part of our team.

Whether you’re an avid runner, a sometimes walker or someone who would like to give running a try for the first time, I hope you will consider participating in this race. Here are all the details:

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 17 at 8 a.m. CT
WHERE: The Blue Owl Bakery and Restaurant in Kimmswick, Mo.

Click here to go to the race website for additional details and/or to register. If interested, you can also set up a fundraising page in order to increase your contribution.

Now I know not everyone gets exited about the opportunity to wake up on a Saturday morning to run. If you fall in that category, I hope you will still consider making a donation to the ALS Foundation/Nancy Ratliff Medical Fund. I have set up a fundraising page (click here) through which you can make a donation.

If you have any additional questions on the event, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide an answer. Thank you for reading.

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