Jim Berry Executive Director
Jim Berry
Executive Director


What bigger reason can there be to achieve a personal goal, other than the satisfaction of knowing that

you are strong enough to do anything you put your mind to? Runners rely on self-motivation to run

through the pain, train in the cold, and to complete races – often just so they can say they ran farther

than ever before or set a new PR.


But there are bigger reasons to run, train, and complete races – and sometimes, they come in small

packages. The smiles, the excitement, and the awe of children who are strong enough to fight through

their own obstacles should motivate us all to want to be a part of something that is bigger than



Bigger Reason Runners works to unite runners who have personal goals and children that have special

wishes with sponsors who want to support the dreams of both. Our events create teams of runners

who individually raise money that is used to grant the wish of a child with a life-threatening illness.

As a runner, you might need one more reason to help finish your first 5K or finally go for it and sign up

for that half marathon or full marathon. Are you someone that knows a boy or a girl with a life-

threatening illness that deserves to forget about hospitals and tests and just enjoy the delight and

wonder of childhood? Maybe you aren’t a runner, but you can be smiling as a runner crosses a finish

line and a child learns that his or her wish will come true because you contributed to both of their dreams.

Bigger Reason Runners invites everyone to be a part of achieving goals, granting wishes, and creating