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Miracle Miles for Kids turns 15 

–On Saturday, April 21, Family Care Network, Inc. will host its 15th annual 10K walk/run, Miracle Miles for Kids (MM4K), a benefit for children, youth and families impacted by trauma living on the central coast. Over 2,800 runners and walkers participate in MM4K, raising critical funds to support the needs of those served by FCNI. FCNI invites members of the community to register for this important event at MM4K.com or at walk-up registrations on race day. Come partner with us to Run for a Reason and Be the Difference.

MM4K’s unique 6.2 mile, all-sand course begins at Morro Rock and runs along the water’s edge to the finish line at the Cayucos Pier, stretching across one of California’s most beautiful beaches. When participants cross the finish line, they’ll enjoy a post-race celebration outside of the Cayucos Vet’s Hall. The post-race celebration will feature music, breakfast burritos, a vendor fair, children’s activities and an awards ceremony. Additionally, every participant receives a goody bag full of free swag and the coveted MM4K 2018 race t-shirt.

Miracle Miles for Kids is the perfect event for everyone—from serious athletes looking to beat their personal best, to casual beach walkers, to people looking for something fun that the whole family can enjoy. We invite you to register online at MM4K.com or in person on April 21st between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. at Morro Rock in Morro Bay, California. It is $65 for adults to sign up, $25 for College Students, and $15 for youth ages six to 17. Children five and under are free! And registrants who elect to raise $100 in pledges will be eligible for a registration rebate of up to $35.

In the last 14 years, MM4K participants have joined together to support the children, youth and families served by FCNI, raising over $1.5 Million cumulatively, impacting over 12,00 local lives.

Local athlete, Pepe Gonzalez, began running for a reason at MM4K back in 2012. He has come in first place three times at the event, winning fastest overall male in 2013 and 2015, 2016 and 2017. Pepe’s involvement in the event stems from his desire to be a part of FCNI’s mission, him sharing, “… I run to support Family Care Network and the foster families who benefit from events like MM4K. I want to help the cause in any way I can.”

In 2010, Hank Wethington, Sr. Talent Development Strategist at Razor Fish in San Luis Obispo, ran in his first Miracle Miles for Kids. Of MM4K, Hank says, “It’s what FCNI does that keeps me coming back year after year, and the view [from the course] for a 10k run is amazing! I grew up as a foster kid and supporting the kids and families brings me back year after year. I always block off the day for MM4K.”

Thousands more like Hank will participate in this year’s MM4K to help FCNI achieve its mission: “To enhance the well-being of children and families in partnership with our community.” At any given time, FCNI is supporting between 400 and 500 children, youth, and families, including children in foster care, homeless families, foster youth transitioning to adult independence, and children, youth and families in need of vital mental health support services in order to lead healthier lives and achieve their goals. MM4K is proof that together we can truly make a difference in the lives of those in need on the Central Coast.

“Funds raised from Miracle Miles for Kids help Family Care Network serve the unmet needs of our local children and youth,” FCNI’s CEO and Founder, Jim Roberts explains, “and watching nearly 3000 people gather on the beach to support kids is a sight to behold; a very moving demonstration of our caring community.”

If you cannot walk or run at this year’s event, donations can be made online or checks can be mailed to the Family Care Network. For more information on Miracle Miles for Kids and the Family Care Network, please visit MM4K.com or FCNI.org, or call (805) 503-6269.

About the Family Care Network

The Family Care Network is a private, community-based organization serving children, youth and families on California’s Central Coast. In over 30 years, our programs have grown to serve over 1800 children, youth and families impacted by trauma annually, with an average overall success rate of 93-percent. The agency, nationally accredited by The Joint Commission, operates 21 unique programs designed to strengthen and preserve families and individuals in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

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