In the Sacramento, California area, Runnin’ for Rhett recently had its second annual Run Because You Can race on October 28th. Runnin’ for Rhett is an Elk Grove nonprofit that runs the fitness programs at 24 local schools.
The program was started in honor of Rhett Seevers, who was born with cerebral palsy and died in 2004 when he was only 7. His parents Beth and Randy Seevers started the organization in his memory to encourage kids to run, as their son was never able to do so. In both the spring and fall, they have a five week after-school training program at 24 schools. Students meet twice weekly with a coach to work on running, nutrition and strength training. Then they prepare to run a 5K.
On October 28th at Crocker Park, their hard work should paid off. The nonprofit focuses on helping kids at high-needs schools that have Title I distinction. They have schools, at the moment, in San Juan, Sacramento City, Galt and Elk Grove.