For a fourth time, CBRC member Gina Mannion will be participating in the National Down Syndrome Society's Run for 3.21 - this time with a West Coast Vibe! The team will be starting in the early morning hours of September 3rd at the Santa Monica Pier and running 360+ miles to Las Vegas, Nevada!
Gina and her husband have 4 children, and their oldest daughter, Maeve, has Down syndrome. Maeve is the reason she is out there running all the miles, all the time!
Gina became actively involved with NDSS 5 years ago, as a founding member of the NDSS Athlete Ambassador Team, and she has been active in the special needs community since Maeve was born.
Gina has run the East Coast Run for 3.21 three times, running between NYC and DC. Each time, she has personally achieved over 50 miles!
“2020 threw us a few curveballs - the 2020 relay was postponed until October and only 8 of our teammates were able to participate in person. The rest of our team was virtual! If you follow me on social media, you will know that I did run in person and it was quite the adventure!”
2021 was almost back to normal, with over half the team participating in person. The athletes were so excited to be back together, completing the route in record time!
NDSS was then offered an opportunity to run on the West Coast in partnership with The Speed Project. If you haven’t heard of them, check them out on Instagram. TSP is what happens when runners are bored and plan an epic running event - imagine running meets the Cannonball Run and you have TSP!
A big part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s Run for 3.21 is fundraising. All funds raised go directly back to help serve those individuals with Down syndrome providing support in education, the workplace, medical services, community acceptance and policy making in DC.
To boost her fundraising, Gina decided to try her hand at feeding hungry runners after a long, cold, training run – and the "Pierogi Run" came to be!
Due to COVID-19 concerns, this year's Pierogi Run will look a little different, but you will still get to enjoy homemade pierogi, Gina’s home-baked goods, and a few surprises!
If you can't make it out but still want to support Gina's efforts, please click here.
All proceeds go to her fundraising for Run for 3.21. Each athlete has a minimum goal of $4500 and a team goal of $100,000.
Register here for the run and select the number of pierogi you would like to purchase. If you are not attending the run but would still like to order, please use the same link.
Deadline to request your pierogi order is Thursday, August 12 at 12:00 PM. Be sure to register early!
About the Fundraiser
Thank you all for the support! The Pittsburgh Running Community are some of my biggest supporters and we appreciate all of you!