On Sunday April 7, Arcadians will wake up, toss on their running shoes and head to 48th Street along the Canal to participate in the 7th annual Team Taylor Arcadia Fun Run.
Nine years ago, Mark and Katie Cosmas lost their daughter Taylor to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Looking for a way to honor her, they came up with Team Taylor in 2013 as a way to raise awareness and support for SIDS research – and the support has grown immensely.
In 2018, it raised $165,000. This year, the goal has grown to $200,000 for SIDS research, education and prevention. The organizers are hoping to have 1,200 runners participate.
“Only in our wildest dreams did we think this would become such a staple in people’s event calendars. But most importantly, it’s become a place for other families like us that have lost a baby to SIDS to come and remember their child taken much too soon,” Katie said.
In November, Mark and Katie plan on throwing a 10th birthday bash in honor of Taylor. They are also working with the Active 20-30 Club to create additional runs in up to 25 markets across the country.
“Mark runs a lot and we always dreamed of taking Taylor to his races. Ironically, she only ever did a 5k with us right before she passed. I remember it like it was yesterday…she loved the wind and being outside with us. It’s only fitting that we do a run in her memory,” Katie said.
HOW TO REGISTER:
WHO: Everyone! Come run, walk, scooter or bike. Bring your four-legged friends, too.
WHAT: The 7th annual Team Taylor Fun Run.
WHERE: Starts and ends at 48th St. and the Canal. There will be an after party at OHSO.
WHEN: April 7, 8 a.m. start time.
HOW: Register at TeamTaylorAZ.com. Registration is $45 until April 5 and weekend of race is $50.