BOISE -- If you're looking for something to do this weekend, and help out some great organizations at the same time, you won't have to look for long.
DOUBLE ROBIE AND ALDAPE CHALLENGE
A busy Saturday of racing and giving back starts at Fort Boise at 7:15 a.m. with the Aldape Challenge and Double Robie. It's like the popular Race to Robie Creek, except once you get to the end of the regular race and the climb of 3,800 feet, you come back down.
It's gonna hurt, said Race Director Bart Davis. They're going to be really happy to see that mile-marker 26.
But, the runners are hurting for a good cause, as the race is a fundraiser for Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs.
Davis says, Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs has been great about working with us, and they're providing volunteers. And, we're excited about being able to write them a nice big check after race day.
RACE 2 THE SUMMIT
People can also race and give back in Horseshoe Bend. The 2nd annual Race 2 the Summit has a half-marathon that starts at 8:00 a.m., and shorter distances afterwards. Money raised goes to the Horseshoe Bend School District. Last year, they pulled in $12,000. They hope to double their donation to the schools this year.
Melanie Flake is the Race Director. They (the school district) have some funding currently, and it's only going to last for three years. So, our hopes with this race, is that it will continue to grow, and we'll be able to provide a more stable funding for the school.
STAND UP IDAHO
Perhaps the biggest event of the day is Stand Up Idaho at the Idaho Center in Nampa. It starts with competitive or family bike rides at 7:00 a.m. It will feature vendors, entertainment, and music. The event will finish with talks from founder Derrick Boles and the nationally-renowned Milton Creagh. Creagh will speak at 11:15 a.m. Funds go to programs fighting social ills like drugs, violence and bullying.
Boles says, this will be the first event like this, anywhere. There are communities across the United State watching to see if it can be done. Are people willing to come together? Are people willing to dismiss their differences, and not be selfish, and be part of something bigger than themselves?