“My wife ran the Lady Tutu 5K in 2015 with a number of her friends, and she really enjoyed the race. For the past several years, my wife and I have raised funds and run at the Walt Disney World marathon weekend as part of the Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome (RODS) team. RODS helps unite orphans with Down Syndrome with their ‘forever’ families by raising funds to help defray the cost of adoption.
For our fundraising efforts this year, my wife thought that people would be willing to donate to RODS to see me run the Lady Tutu 5K in a tutu. We set fundraising goals for which I would add various pieces to my race outfit if we reached the various fundraising levels during March 2016. In total, we raised $1,180 for RODS during the month of March.
As a result, I’ll be running the Lady Tutu 5K in June with my wife while wearing a tutu and a tiara (or at least a tiara headband). I was $320 short of having to wear a sports bra, and $820 short of having to wear a sports bra and makeup. So that’s my Lady Tutu 5K story. I’m really looking forward to running the race, and I appreciate that we were able to use the race to help with our fundraising for RODS, and have a little fun in the process.”
Mike Monnette, Cleveland Lady Tutu