Steve Taggart of Tagg Running Events in Tucson, Arizona has become the third race director to pledge $1.00 per entry to help fund U.S. distance running training camps. He joins Steve Nearman and Dave Watt from the Washington D.C. area who made their intial pledges earlier this month.
“Greg McMillan (Team USA Arizona) posted the story link (WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE HALF…) ,” explained Taggart. “I read it, and got goose bumps. I immediately wanted to do it. I told my wife about it, and she thought it was good idea, too. I just think it’s a great thing that people can do.”
Taggart has been putting on what he calls “boutique” races in Arizona for six years since moving from San Diego. His 10 annual events range in size from 150 to 400 participants, but attract some good local runners with modest prize purses.
“We are like a little specialty shop, but we always want fast guys. So we will take the challenge and give a $1.00 from every entry in our own races beginning with the 4th Annual Al Lindstrom Colossal Cave 5k Road Race on June 11th. And we challenge all other race directors in Southern Arizona to do the same. Who’s next???”
The one difference in Taggart’s plegde compared to the Nearman and Watt pledges is that he will take $1.00 from the existing entry fees and offer it to help fund U.S. distance running training camps. Nearman and Watt are specifically adding $1.00 to their current entry fees, and promoting that increase to their entrants as a way for the average road runner in America to contribute to and connect with the success of America’s top distance runners.
“I’m not going to ask for any extra entry fee,” confirmed Taggart. “But we are going to add a question to our Active.com entry form online and on our flyers, too – “Do you want to donate a dollar to U.S. distance running?”
“I do ten events of my own,” said Taggart. “And that’s what I pledge a dollar for. I can only do what I can do, and though this won’t change anyone’s life, it’s something. A lot of distance runners are living below the poverty line, and I believe in running. I remember Greg McMillan from San Diego when he ran with Adidas for Movin Shoes. Now he’s in Flagstaff (coaching Team USA Arizona) doing great things. So I can do a dollar per entry to help.“
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