Scottsdale Giant Race offers Spring Training charity opportunity

The Scottsdale Charros, Sunday, March 8 hosts the second annual Scottsdale Giant Race. (File photo)

The Scottsdale Charros, Sunday, March 8 hosts the second annual Scottsdale Giant Race. (File photo)

The Scottsdale Giant Race is coming to Scottsdale.

The San Francisco Giants kicks off its 2015 Major League Baseball campaign 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 at Hohokam Stadium  as they take on rival club the Oakland Athletics.

The Scottsdale Charros, Sunday, March 8 hosts the second annual Scottsdale Giant Race, which presents a unique fundraising opportunity for local organizations including the Scottsdale Unified School District and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

HH1N1878The race itself offers runners a 9K, 3-mile and kids fun run with all proceeds going directly to charity through The Charro Foundation.

The Charro Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting the Greater Scottsdale area youth, schools and educators in a variety of ways.

Over the last 10 years, the Scottsdale Charros have donated more than $7 million back into the community through grants and donations to local nonprofits and schools in the Scottsdale Unified School District.

Anyone, from runners and volunteers to parents and PTOs, can support a specific Scottsdale school or a specific Boys & Girls Club branch in the Scottsdale area through fundraising efforts provided by the Giants Race, according to Paul Seivert, Scottsdale Charros Giants Race chairman.

“The Charro Foundation and the San Francisco Giants have long been committed to the fabric of the Scottsdale community, said Sara Hunt, Vice President of Giants Enterprises.

“The Charro Foundation actively fundraises on behalf of Scottsdale Unified School District and the Scottsdale Boys & Girls Club. Race participants and supporters will have the opportunity to fundraise for these causes and those who participate will have the chance to win great prizes, VIP Spring Training experiences, game tickets, autographed baseball items and more.”

Ms. Hunt says the Scottsdale Giant Race is a fantastic fit for the Scottsdale community.

“With the kick-off of Giants spring training, the passionate fan base and great weather truly makes for the perfect backdrop to host a race,” she said of the Scottsdale charity run. “March in Scottsdale provides the perfect opportunity to shake off winter and kick off the new baseball season with a healthy run and Spring Training baseball excitement.”

DSC_4986Spring Training baseball is the premier annual fundraising event for the Charros who welcome more than 150,000 people to Scottsdale Stadium each year.

Proceeds from Spring Training are donated by the Charros, though The Charro Foundation, back to the community making the Charros one of Scottsdale’s largest philanthropic contributors.

Ms. Hunt says the Giant Race provided an option for runners of all walks of life.

“The Scottsdale Giant Race provides fans with the option of a ‘Complete Game 9 Kilometer,’ ‘Strike 3 Mile’ and ‘Kids/Family Relay,’” she explained.

“All races finish on the field at Scottsdale Stadium, the same field as their favorite players. Race finishers receive a Scottsdale Giant Race medal, and all 9K and three mile participants receive a race performance shirt.”

The Giant Race is a perfect extension of the San Francisco Giants spring training campaign.

“The race provides yet another opportunity to impact the Scottsdale youth in a fun new way,” she said.

“We have teamed up with Snapple and created The Snapple Dunk Tank. As runners cruise their way to the finish line, they can stop at the dunk tank for a chance to earn an additional contribution to The Charro Foundation. For every successful dunk made by our runners, Snapple and The Giant Race Team will each donate $5 to The Charro Foundation.”

To learn more about the Scottsdale Giant Race and how you can be a part of the fundraising effort, go here – scottsdalegiantrace.com

Northeast Valley Managing Editor Terrance Thornton can be contacted at tthornton@newszap.com

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