RunThatTrack – the Formula One® track running event – this weekend reached a remarkable milestone at the Belgian Grand Prix, as total charitable donations to Make-A-Wish International from Official Partner, UBS, topped $1Million since donations began in 2011.
The Spa-Francorchamps circuit played host to the third group run of 2014, following two successful group runs in Spain and Hungary. After the summer break, RunThatTrack needed 48 laps to break the $1Million mark over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.
Despite the notoriously steep track, members of the Paddock – from drivers and engineers to mechanics and circuit staff – united to take on the challenge.
More than 120* laps were registered over the weekend, breaking the $1Million mark as the donation total hit 1,007,200**.
The RunThatTrack programme, which started in 2010 as a fun but competitive challenge for members of the Formula One community, quickly established itself as a much-loved event in the Paddock.
Charity donations began in 2011 when financial services firm and Global Formula One Partner, UBS, became an Official Partner, and RunThatTrack selected Make-A-Wish® International as the official charity.
UBS donates $100 for every lap completed, enabling Make-A-Wish International to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions around the globe.
RunThatTrack founder, Simon Morillas, said of the achievement: “It’s fair to say that RunThatTrack began as a bit of a prank, but the way it has taken off in the Formula One paddock has been incredible. I would never have thought that what started as a bit of fun could go on to make such a difference and really impact on the lives of seriously ill children and young people across the world.”
Jon Stettner, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish International, added: “On behalf of the global Make-A-Wish community, thank you to everyone for their amazing efforts to reach the $1 million donation mark for Make-A-Wish International. Every runner that has participated has helped to make a lasting-difference in the lives of wish children, families and communities around the globe. We are extremely grateful to the Formula 1 paddock and UBS for making this happen.”
Morillas continued: “It’s a testament to the incredible spirit of the Formula One community – everyone who has taken part and logged a lap over the years should feel incredibly proud, as they have made a real difference, touching the lives of those less fortunate than themselves. I also have to extend a huge thank you to UBS for its incredibly generous support over the past three years – without UBS, we wouldn’t be here celebrating this milestone today.”
Björn Wäspe – Head of Brand Activation, Sponsorship & Events – at UBS added: “The thanks and congratulations really have to go to everyone at RunThatTrack and each and every runner that has logged a lap and allowed us to donate over the past three years. The number of runners has increased each year, and they are the ones who have reached the $1Million mark, which will help Make-A-Wish International continue the valuable work that they do around the world.”
For hi-res images from the event, please visit www.flickr.com/RunThatTrack
For more information about RunThatTrack, please visit www.runthattrack.info
*Correct at time of writing, laps are still a work in progress
**Correct at time of writing, donation totals are still a work in progress