Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Will You Run for Jaime?

On March 12, 2014, the running community was stunned by the tragic loss of Jaime Rowley, who was hit by a car while she was running. The community rallied to provide support to her daughters. Her family and friends were deeply touched by the support and they established the "Run for Jaime Foundation" to promote awareness of runner safety and to help "children who have lost a parent too soon."

Shoes for Haiti

One of the amazing things to come out of this tragedy was the donation of countless pairs of shoes to children in Haiti. Local runners started tying pairs of shoes to a lightpole at the intersection where the accident occurred. The makeshift memorial grew quickly. It couldn't stay there permanently. What to do with all of the shoes? The Run for Jaime Foundation worked with Moise Joseph to get the shoes to children in Haiti.

The number of shoes was amazing
Photo courtesy of Run for Jaime 

They were organized for the trip to Haiti
Photo courtesy of Run for Jaime

The video above has highlights from Mo's trip to Haiti. It is deeply touching to see the kids getting the shoes and learning about running from their Olympic hero. 

How Can You Help? Twilight 4-Miler!

In 2014, Potomac River Running & Mountcastle Plastic Surgery made the Run for Jaime Foundation the beneficiary of the Twilight 4-Miler. The turnout for the race was amazing, and there was a strong contingent of purple shirts to show support for the Run for Jaime Foundation. This year the race will again benefit the foundation. If you are local to the DC/NOVA area, please consider this race on June 13th! There is a 4-mile race, a 1-mile fun run, and a post-race party that goes into the evening. It is a family-friendly event and I look forward to it every year. 

Moms Run This Town at the 2014 Twilight 4-Miler

What Else Can You Do?

You can donate to the foundation here.

You can promote runner safety!
This reflective shirt is from RUSeen 

You can bring running shoes to the Twilight 4-Miler!
Run for Jaime & Run for Haiti will be collecting them at the race

You can visit the Jaime Rowley Memorial Bench in Broadlands,
the perfect spot to honor & remember her.
Photo courtesy of Run for Jaime

Will you run for Jaime with me?


  1. Great that you are raising awareness for a wonderful cause. Nice to see you the other day

    1. It was great to see you, too! I am looking forward to a strong MRTT contingent as this race again this year. It's always more fun when there are a lot of us.