Ragnar Relay Team Helps Raise $7,500 for USANA True Health Foundation
Last year, Team USANA took first place in the corporate teams category of the 200-mile Ragnar Wasatch Back relay race. This year, we’re happy to announce that we took first place again!
The only difference? We managed to raise $7,500 for the USANA True Health Foundation along the way, proving that the #USANAlifestyle impacts more than just the person living it.
How We Did it
It was USANA Chief Legal Officer and new Team USANA member Jim Bramble who inspired the charitable aspect of our race.
He (along with four other USANA executives) agreed to match each “assist” (every time we passed another runner during the race) with a $1 donation to the Foundation. It may not sound like much, but remember: we were a first-place team, and that means a lot of assists … 893 to be exact.
With our assists alone, Team USANA racked up $4,465, but after careful consideration, the executives decided to reward our efforts with five $1,500 donations.
These surprise donations brought our grand total to $7,500, and we couldn’t be more thankful for the generosity of our executive team.
Here are some other interesting numbers from the relay race:
- 28 hrs, 11 min, 33 sec — Time it took for Team USANA to finish the 200-mile relay race
- 8 min, 27 sec — Average mile pace time of the 12 Team USANA runners
- 1 hr, 14 min, 54 sec — How long it took the second-place corporate team to cross the finish line after Team USANA already had (it may or may not have been another nutritional supplements company)
- 37 — Team USANA’s overall place out of 1,021 teams, placing us in the top 4 percent
What it Means
The $7,500 donation will go a long way in helping humanity. If you’re unfamiliar with the work of the USANA True Health Foundation, it’s time to read up on what they’re all about. In fact, check out what they’ve done over the past year:
- $10,000 was donated to KidsCan, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the physical and nutritional needs of disadvantaged New Zealand children
- $275,000 in product and cash was donated to assist the victims of the devastating April 20, 2013, earthquake in China, which killed 192 people and left 50,000 homeless
- $100,000+ contributed to International Relief Teams from November 2013 through May 2014 to provide immediate and long-term assistance to the Philippines after super Typhoon Haiyan. Aid included 128,000 meals, water purification tablets, clean clothing, restored water and sewage systems, and the construction of fishing boats.
- $175,000 raised through various activities — including the Champions for Change 5K — at the USANA 2013 International Convention in Salt Lake City
- 2.1 million meals provided through Children’s Hunger Fund to feed hungry children worldwide
How You Can Help
No matter the trauma, crisis, or disaster, the Foundation was there — and still is — to provide relief and recovery to those in need. If you want to help make 2014 an even greater year of giving, make a contribution at USANAfoundation.org.
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