Maddie’s Mark October 5k and Virtual 5k

Maddie's Mark

As you may know, September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.  You can support a great cause this October by participating in a Maddie’s Mark 5k!  Maddie’s Mark is a not for profit Foundation dedicated to helping people enjoy their ‘best days ever’.  The foundation was created in memory of Madeline Musto, who became an angel in February 2012, just five days after being diagnosed with DIPG (a rare inoperable brainstem tumor).

Maddie’s Mark Foundation is our way of showing the world our Madeline and carrying on her beautiful legacy of love and kindness. We hope for people to enjoy all the good the world has to offer, to enjoy their ‘best days ever’. The goals of the foundation are a reflection of Madeline’s spirit and outlook on life. All support and donations will be going toward these goals.

This fall, whether or not you are local to Upstate New York, you can support this wonderful cause.  You can support Maddie’s Mark from anywhere in the world by participating in their Virtual 5k!

Maddie’s Mark 5k -$25

This year’s third annual Maddie’s Mark 5k will take place once again in Central Park Schenectady.  Enjothe Best Run Ever with your family and friends.  Central Park in Schenectady is located in a beautiful wooded setting with a scenic pond and playgrounds for the children to enjoy before and after the race.  This is an AREEP  chip timed race.  Walkers are welcome. Food and refreshments will be provided after the race.  All participants this year in the individual race and virtual 5k will receive an Ashworth Awards medal specifically designed for Maddie’s Mark (see photo below).

Awards for top male and female runner and top male and female age group in 10 year age group brackets.

Family Walk – $35

The Family walk allows you and your family to enjoy a 5k stroll through the park along the same course as the race. The family walk begins immediately behind the race runners at 10:00 am.  Enjoy refreshments post race and create your own best day ever playing on the park play ground.

New this year! Maddie’s Mark 5k Your Way Virtual Run – $25

Can’t make it to the Maddie’s Mark 5k? Not to worry, you still can participate. New this year is the Maddie’s Mark 5k Your Way virtual run.  Create your own 5K! You choose the place, you choose the time and choose your running partners. You will be provided with an email address to submit your times and photos. Prize awards for the most creative bib design too!

What: Run or walk  5k (3.1 miles), timing yourself without actually being present at the location.

When: Weekend of October 17-19, 2014

Where: Pick your favorite route, find a new trail on vacation or head to the gym and jump on the treadmill.

Why: Fun, fitness, raising funds for Maddie’s Mark and of course, the medal!

Maddie's Mark 5k Medal

I am excited to participate for many reasons and support this amazing cause!  Madeline has touched so many people and so many hearts

I will be participating in the virtual 5k, which I am very excited for.  I have been working on training, but honestly life is just so busy that it is a challenge for me to train.  Training for the virtual 5K allows me to push myself but also not have anxiety about how well I would run my 5k – plus, we travel most weekends, so this can fit into my schedule.

Check out Maddie’s Mark and sign up for the 5k at


Read more of Erin’s (Maddie’s mom) story: 





  1. 1

    Hi Marysa!! :) Yay! I’m so happy that you found my blog too. Thank you!! Now, we can hang out & be friends, lol. I will check out your blog as well.. You have an awesome site. I saved it on my fav’s. I will go through and check it out later today. Let’s stay in touch :) Cindy

  2. 2

    What a wonderful cause for a charity run. I love to see people supporting causes like this.

  3. 3

    An absolutely wonderful cause. Cancer of any kind is horrible and devastating to families, but to a child is just imaginable. I pray for all babies suffering from this disease.

  4. 4

    What a wonderful cause! I’ve never heard of a virtual 5K before, that is such a great idea!

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    I love that you can participate in a 5k from anywhere virtually. What a great idea.

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