Join us on March 25, 2017 as we Run, Ride and Dine to make a difference in the lives of Cook Children's patients and families fighting Neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
1-Mile fun run starting at 8:15am- $25 for adults and $18 for kids
5K starting at 8:00am- $30 for adults and $20 for kids
30-Mile bike ride starting at 7:30am- $30 (experienced adults only)
In addition to the overall awards for the timed events, there will be ribbons awarded to the following teams:
-Highest Fundraising Team
-Most Social (Use the hashtag #Blast17)
5K Route Map
Bike Route Cue Sheet and Map
Participants can enjoy food and drinks from local vendors including restaurants from the 2017 Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival including Reata, Bonnell's, Texas Bleu, GoGo Squeeze, Luckybee Kitchen, KIND bars and MORE!
Beer and other libations offered to those 21 and over :)
New Event Location!
Heart of the Ranch
5000 Clearfork Main Street | Fort Worth, TX 76109
Please park in the gravel lot located off of Clearfork Main (you will see the large registration tent). All events will enter in through the same gate before heading to the respective starting lines. Bike racks will be available opposite the registration tents.
*Parking will NOT be allowed at the Trailhead or Cafe Press lots
Packet Pickup: Luke's Locker
March 23th and 24th (10am-7pm)
History of The Blast
Alexa Sankary, to honor the memory of her young friend, Michael Mancuso, created The Blast in 2008. What started as a grassroots walk has blossomed into a wonderful community event raising funds and awareness for Neuroblastoma at Cook Children's. The courage of these children and their families inspire Alexa every day to keep her dream of finding a cure for Neuroblastoma alive.
Through the community’s generous gifts and participation over the years, this event has raised a staggering total of over $1,200,000! Thanks to the generosity of the community and everyone who has played a part in making this event so successful, Cook Children's neuroblastoma program is changing lives through clinical research and critical care.
You make a difference!
100% of the proceeds of The Blast go directly to Cook Children’s to benefit the neuroblastoma program.
Through the collaboration with New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapy (NANT), Cook Children’s is is able to enroll patients in new clinical trials offering the leading edge of care for neuroblastoma. The money raised through this incredible event has already helped change research protocol for kids battling this dreadful disease.
Over the past 10 years, treatment has become less toxic to the bodies of patients creating fewer side effects and has become more efficient in fighting neuroblastoma with targeted therapies. The most up to date treatment options are offered at Cook Children’s so that families who are diagnosed can stay close to home instead of transplanting their family for weeks or months at a time.These are huge strides that were only made possible through research and could not have happened without funding from The Blast.
Check out the video above to see one of the many treatment options available at Cook Children's for patients battling neuroblastoma.
We'd like to thank the following sponsors who are blazing the trail in the fight against neuroblastoma!
Bonnell's Restaurant Group
Fleta Ricks Walls Family Foundation
Premier Produce Services LLC
Purity Oilfield Services, LLC
Higginbotham and Associates
Priscilla and Joe Martin
Joan and Howard Katz
The Gary Patterson Foundation
Jim Schlossnagle Baseball Camp, LLC
Jean and John Roach
Lucy and Phillip Rodriguez
Rosenthal Charitable Gift Fund
The Sankary Family
Shirley and John Dean Foundation
Jayne Landers and Bill Webb
Water Valley Youth Football League
Q: Can I bring my pet to the event?
A: No. Unfortunately pets are not allowed on Heart of the Ranch grounds unless the animal is a service animal
Q: Can I bring a jogging stroller or wheelchair?
A: Yes! Please do. If you need handicapped access, please email us at TheBlast@cookchildrens.org and we will get it pre-arranged for you!
Q: I have small children- do I need to register them?
A: Children ages 4 and under are free! Over 4 will register as a child
Q: Can I attend the event to support a team but NOT register for the 1M, 5K or 30 Mile Bike Ride?
A: Yes! The date of the event, you may register on-site for the Food and Wine festival portion only and come support your team