It is with great excitement CleftStrong announces that together, participants and volunteers in San Antonio, along with corporate sponsors, personal donors, and virtual racers from across the states raised $25,100.00 in support of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association’s (ACPA) mission to advance cleft and craniofacial research and patient care! Thank you. Above and beyond the money raised to benefit the craniofacial community in more ways than one might ever imagine, this morning brought together a community of support, relation, and understanding that we hope will continue to grow and strengthen year after year.
Congratulations to all 2018 CleftStrong 5k race winners this year. Mr. Robbie Allam finished as the Top Overall Male Finisher, coming in at 20:02.7 and Ms. Sunni Rivas finished as the Top Overall Female Finisher, coming in at 26:52.0. For a complete list of all age category winners, please click here. Additionally, several fun awards were given out this year. Congratulations to our Best Adult 80's costume: Annette Ramirez, Best Child 80's Costume: Alyah Ferdin, and our first ever largest virtual race team awarded: Hazel's Liberty from Idaho! For a second year in a row, Team Amaris' Army of Angels came in as our largest team and Kate de la Garza was awarded for creating the top fundraising team: Rebel Ruthies! To all those who supported a fundraising team near and afar, we send great thanks to you for your support!
Some fun highlights this year included welcoming ACPA Executive Director Ms. Wendy-Jo Toyama, ACPA Family Services Committee Chair Dr. Bonnie Gutierrez, and ACPA Family Services Coordinator Ms. Catherine Choi to take part in this morning with us! Dr. Gutierrez and Ms. Toyama shared a message with this year's participants just before announcements of this year's race awards.
The 2018 CleftStrong 5k offered an all new kid fun run for participants 9 and under to run, walk, or stroll for cleft and other craniofacial conditions! All participants went home with a finisher medal as a reminder of the #CleftStrong5k and their very own unique part in it!
It was a pleasure to welcome back Mr. Zack Rodetis-Urenda, author and creator of the worldwide 1IN700 fine art photography project another year. He shared on his continued travels and inspiring project with this year's participants just before race start time! We can't wait to see the final project, Zack.
As always, we send a warm thank you to the CleftStrong 5k Committee for months of dedication and hard work to creatively piece together every part of this special morning, all volunteers who arrived well before the sun did to make sure race operations ran as smooth as possible, the many participants including our cleft warriors all the way to those who decided to run our race in support of the cause! To our corporate sponsors and personal donors, thank you for believing in our mission and choosing our organization to support! If you would like to be a part of next year's event, please contact us here!
Until next year,
Ray and Chelsea Ortiz
CleftStrong Co-Founders & Race Directors
• Official race photos from our exclusive in kind photographer, MEF Images available here.
(Download code: 8025)
• Full race results made available by IAAP available here
6TH ANNUAL CLEFTSTRONG 5K
The 5th annual CleftStrong 5k and *NEW 1 Mile Kid Fun Run is set to take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018! The 5k course will start and finish at Los Patios this year and take participants down part of the Salado Creek Greenway Trail. The CleftStrong 5k and Kid Fun Run is a family-friendly event that benefits the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, a non-profit association founded in 1943 in support of advancing patient care and research for those born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies.
ACPA Family Services (formerly known as the Cleft Palate Foundation) merged with the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) in June, 2017. With this merge, professionals and families work more closely together to better achieve the ACPA Family Services' mission: to optimize outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions through education, support, research, advocacy and interdisciplinary team care. All funds generated from the 4th annual CleftStrong 5k support advancing patient care through important cleft-craniofacial medical research as well as education, resources and opportunities for patients born with cleft and other craniofacial conditions, their families and the professionals who serve them.
Ray and Chelsea Ortiz
Check out the 2017 CleftStrong 5k Photo Gallery
Thank you to the 2017 CleftStrong 5k Sponsors: The Children's Hospital of San Antonio, Makeup Junkie Bags, MSC Earthwork, Ortiz & Batis, San Antonio Claims Association, Premiere Autoplex, Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr., Rockula, Methodist Children's Hospital, Diamond Automotive Group, Debbie Stolle Interiors, Dent, Jadestone Real Estate, Fat Joe's Jerky, US Legal Support, MTF Biologics, Lindow, Stephens & Treat, LLP
Santikos Entertainment⎮La Hacienda ⎮ Embassy Suites ⎮ Stars and Stripes Drive In ⎮ Photography by Vidal Diaz ⎮Amy's Ice Cream ⎮Tim Strong ⎮San Antonio Zoo ⎮Blend Record Retrieval ⎮Bike World ⎮Kendra Scott ⎮Painting with a Twist⎮Dermatology Associates of San Antonio⎮Inspired by Colton ⎮San Antonio Museum of Art ⎮Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resorts ⎮Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch ⎮1IN700/Little Weaving Willow⎮ Top Golf ⎮Bowlero ⎮Embassy Suites ⎮Main Event⎮Bagel Factory ⎮Alterman
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER ONLINE
Dodge the race day registration line and pre-register online by 11 a.m. TOMORROW!
We strongly encourage all those who have pre-registered online to pick up their race packets in advance to avoid race day sign in lines. Please bring your confirmation email and/or registration ID number to early packet pick up. If you plan to pick up a packet for someone else, please have a copy of their confirmation email and/or registration ID with you. We will also be taking last minute registrations in person at packet pick up!
Place: Bike World, 15675 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78232
Date/Time: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST
*Extra: Bike World is giving all CleftStrong 5k participants 10% off any purchases (excluding bikes, labor, sale items and special orders) that are made during the hours of early packet pick up. Perfect for your lucky pair of race day socks!
Race Morning Schedule:
7:30 a.m.: Gates Open
(Last minute Registration & Packet Pick Up for Pre-Registered Racers Open)
8:10 a.m.: Opening Ceremony and National Anthem
9:10 a.m.: Race Begins
10:30 a.m.: Closing Ceremony
11:30 a.m.: Approximate End Time
Print a Race Day Program Here!
Mission County Park
6030 Padre Drive,
San Antonio, TX 78214
Free parking on site. Once you have turned into the park entrance, follow the street until you find a large grassy area and volunteers directing parking.
Guardian Event Storage will be located near the registration/packet pick up area on race morning to secure belongings during the event! This is perfect for items such as merchandise purchased, keys, bags, cel phones, etc. You may set this service up on race morning or you may reserve your storage now right here!
Raffle sales will take place from 7:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.!
$5.00 each -or- 5 for $20 Cash Check or Charge
2017 CleftStrong 5k Presented by:
CleftStrong is grateful for all of the support it has received to date and is hard at work preparing for October 15th!
We are just 2 weeks and 4 days away from our deadline to receive a customized race day bib with your registration! Go ahead....
Spread the word for the month of September! My ETSY store is offering 15% off all cleft related product to celebrate cleft & craniofacial awareness month!
All sales go to a special project I started with a fellow cleft mom Lisa Wyzlic. Every month, we send out cleft mom packages. Everything we are doing is being supported by our small business companies we run. So far we have sent out 10 packages filled with love and support for the moms.
Zack shares, "I am so excited to be a part of the CleftStrong 5k again! I have a lot of new things in the works that I cannot wait to share with everyone and I look forward to photographing those I missed the first time around!" Zack is set to speak during opening ceremony at the 4th annual CleftStrong 5k. He will share on the growth of this inspiring project and some of the wonderful memories from his travels overseas! Join us in welcoming 1IN700 back to Texas this year as we race for cleft and craniofacial conditions along the San Antonio River Mission Reach area!
Until then, connect with Zack and the 1IN700 project on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
4th Annual CleftStrong Event Details
6030 Padre Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78214
As hard as you fight, we will strive to fight alongside you.