It’s pretty simple. Run, or don’t. Just tell us you did. For charity.
It works like this: take your phone, and run. Or, pretend to. Put it on your dog, strap it to your bike or give it to someone else you see running and tell them to bring it back. Or go on a 'I would've run but decided to binge watch Netflix instead' 5k.
Quarantine Virtual 5K is a virtual event option that allows participants to run, walk, ride, or swim in any way over a 3.1 mile course of their choosing during the specified date range. Participants then post their finish photo and time results to social media to earn their medal. This virtual 5k is a great way to get you and your family out and about in a way that's most safe and comfortable for YOU!
Post finisher photos and times to:
TDA Smiles Facebook page
Use #QuarantineVirtual5K #tdasmiles #miles4smiles #TDASmilesVirtualRun #Quarantine5k #SmilesQ5k
About TDA Smiles Foundation
TDASF has provided 2,936 Texans with $2,080,084 in charitable dental care in 2019, including low-income families, the elderly, medically fragile, veterans, and those with chronic illness who must receive dental care before being placed on transplant lists or given chemotherapy. The need for dental care is great, and we address this need through our very successful programs: Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) and S.M.A.R.T Smiles. We are also rolling out a new program to provide dental care to domestic minor sex trafficking survivors.
Our mission is to improve access to dental care for the under-served of Texas and to educate the public and profession about oral health.
For many uninsured and under-served Texans living with disabilities, chronic illness, or in poverty, oral health care must take a back seat to basic needs such as food and housing, and other much more expensive medical and accessibility costs, often resulting in chronic oral disease and severe pain. However, the impact of unchecked oral disease extends beyond the damaging effects found in the mouth. Oral disease can lead to poor nutrition, excruciating pain, serious systemic illness (such as diabetes and heart disease), and a diminished quality of life and life expectancy. Oral disease also has damaging effects on local communities by keeping children out of school and parents home from work, as well as overcrowding in emergency rooms by those seeking relief from oral pain. This in itself can lead to millions of dollars in unpaid hospital bills and a strain on local economies. The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in 2010, Texas continued to have the highest uninsured rate in the nation at 24.6 percent. The areas in Texas with the highest uninsured rates are also the areas with the highest poverty rates and lowest median incomes in the country. Only 4.6 percent of total health care spending in Texas is directed toward oral health, and Medicaid only covers life-threatening dental procedures. Therefore, many Texans are left without access to basic dental care. Poverty plays a large role as well; only 36% of Texans in poverty visited the dentist in 2013, compared to the 77% of people making more than $50,000 a year. Without the ability to work, this population simply cannot afford the pain-relieving dental care they need to improve their quality of life, and in many cases, actually, extend their life.
"Thank you so much for helping me and my sister... You have changed her life. A big thank you to all the volunteers, doctors, assistants, everyone that came out to help. They were all so kind and very hard working. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." -Joe A., TDASF patient "I am ever more grateful for the services that I received this past Friday in Mesquite, TX. I was treated with love and care by all the staff and volunteers. As a way to give back, I want to become involved as a volunteer at the next event. Thanks from the bottom of my heart! Hugs." -Monique R., TDASF patient
Bracket/Division Details & Fees:
Quarantine Virtual 5KActivity Starts: 10/9/2021 23:59 - Activity Ends: 10/31/2021 23:59Registration opens : 8/20/2021 12:59Activity type:Requires Date of BirthRequires phone numberGiveaway(s): Covid Quarantine 5k Medal