Mile In My Shoes (MiMS)
Get a free entry to the Afton Trail Run, lots of great swag and support a great cause by becoming a Mile in My Shoes (MiMS) FundRacer!
Rocksteady Running is proud to have Mile in My Shoes as an official Afton Trail Run charity partner. MiMS is a local nonprofit that uses the power of running to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to build connections, boost wellness, spark social change, and center people traditionally excluded from running spaces. Based in homeless shelters, addiction recovery programs and re-entry centers for people exiting incarceration, MiMS views running as a tool for both personal and collective transformation. By focusing on people and spaces often marginalized in our society, MiMS teams use movement as a catalyst for social justice. By bringing together people from all walks of life, Members not only find common ground, but learn from and reach out to one another for support.
What is a FundRacer? FundRacers use their Afton Trail Run experience as an opportunity to raise critical funding for Mile in My Shoes. Because MiMS is a 501(c)3 organization that relies solely on donations, every FundRacer plays a critical role in allowing MiMS to bring the power of running to more people in need. FundRacing is simple – MiMS helps you create a FundRacing page to share with family and friends, or raise your funds in other ways! (MiMS can help!) The more you raise, the more perks you receive – including a refund of your entry and MiMS’ signature supersoft hoodie at the $500 level, or a guaranteed, free entry into ANY Rocksteady Running race of your choice in 2024 if you raise $2K! (Limited to 5 entries each for both of the RSR lottery races; Superior Spring Trail Race & Superior Fall Trail Race. If you plan to raise $2K or more in hopes of securing one of these entries, please communicate that to MiMS in advance.)
Here’s how to get started:
1.) Learn more about MiMS HERE http://www.mileinmyshoes.mn/about-us and FundRacing HERE http://www.mileinmyshoes.mn/fundracing
2.) Sign up to FundRace HERE https://forms.gle/HxHb37N2ZhcYwoFx8. MiMS will reach out to you within 24 hours with info and support on getting started fundraising.
3.) If you are not yet registered, register yourself for Afton as normal during the registration period before the race sells out or registration closes (MiMS will reimburse you when you hit $500).
4.) Fundraise and race (FundRace) for a great cause! FundRacer resources can be found HERE http://www.mileinmyshoes.mn/fundracing-toolkit
5.) Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcoming MiMS Members and Alumni:
In addition to the FundRacing component of the Rocksteady Running / Mile in My Shoes Partnership, MiMS Members and Alumni are encouraged to participate. This year, we will be offering free entry to Alumni Members ready to tackle a long-distance trail run like Zumbro, Afton or Superior. We will also be hosting a Mile in My Shoes team at an Endless Summer race to introduce new runners to the magic of the trail.
“After 16 years incarcerated, I came out feeling like I had a scarlet letter on my chest. I honestly didn’t believe there were good people in the world. Mile in My Shoes changed all of that. After just two or three weeks of team runs the wall I’d built up around me had come down. My mom said “Wow, I got my son back.”