8th annual Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch raised $27,000 for one-of-a-kind care model

March 12, 2012 – More than 550 runners participated in half marathon

Brian Folts, 25, of Phoenix and Ariana Hilborn, 31, of Scottsdale each won the 2012 Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch half marathon on Saturday, March 3, in the men’s and women’s categories respectively. Folts finished in 1:16:50; Hilborn finished in 1:19:50. This was the second year in a row that Folts finished first. Hilborn was the fourth finisher overall.

More than 1,800 participants registered for one of four Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch events: 553 runners ran the half marathon; 417 ran the 10K; 612 ran the 5K; and 247 did the 1-mile Family Fun Run.

Net proceeds from the event, still to be totaled but estimated at about $27,000, will benefit Ryan House, whose mission is to provide respite and palliative care to children with life-threatening conditions and, as needed, end-of-life care.

Two local celebrity athletes headlined the Run for Ryan House in an effort to generate buzz for the event in north Scottsdale. Ariana Hilborn and Jeremy Zarins, both employees of run partner Sole Sports, ran the half marathon and 10K respectively. Zarins finished in 32:37. Ryan House mom Jolyn Andrews ran the 10K with her son Joel, who uses Ryan House for respite care, in the stroller and finished in just over one hour. All Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch results are posted at raceplaceevents.com.

The Run paid special tribute to Sally Meyerhoff, the 2010 Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch headliner and running champion, who was tragically killed in a bicycle accident in March 2011. Race bibs included a Meyerhoff-inspired design, a moment of silence was observed in her honor, and her younger sister Samantha Meyerhoff competed in the half marathon race, in which she was the second-place female.

More than 300 volunteers from across the Valley helped the event run smoothly by providing support at five aid stations along the half marathon, 10K and 5K courses, distributing finisher medals, assisting with gear check, and performing event set up and break down.
Now in its eighth year, the event is gaining notoriety and runners are coming to participate from across the U.S. and Canada. Ryan House and the DC Ranch Community Council collaborate to design, plan and execute all aspects of the Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch. DC Ranch produces the race, while fundraising is administered by Ryan House.
About DC Ranch Community Council
DC Ranch is a 4,400-acre community located adjacent to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in north Scottsdale. The DC Ranch Community Council facilitates a connected and welcoming community that instills pride and a sense of belonging in every DC Ranch resident by providing communications, events, and opportunities to nurture meaningful relationships with the greater community. The leadership of the seven-member Community Council Board of Directors and professional staff upholds the DC Ranch community values and enables opportunities for civic, cultural, educational, social, philanthropic and recreational involvement.

About Ryan House
The mission of Ryan House is to provide essential care in a home-like setting where children with life-threatening conditions and their families can come for respite and, as needed, end-of-life care. All services at Ryan House are guided by the principles of palliative care. This philosophy of comfort care addresses not only physical pain but also the emotional, spiritual and social needs of the child and family. Ryan House is an Arizona 501(c) (3) non-profit that was established in 2004. Ryan House opened in spring 2010. For more information visit www.ryanhouse.org.

Jill Hegardt

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