Run MDI for houston


The organizers of the MDI Marathon consider Brant and the crew of the Houston Marathon extended family, and in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we are inviting all Run MDI participants to run support of a local Houston organization that is working to aid those affected by the deadly storm:


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Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Greater Houston Community Foundation

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After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims affected by the recent floods.

The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.


The Houston SPCA is the lead nonprofit agency for animal-related disaster rescue, relief and resources in the region. Our reach is wide, as we are called to step in when hurricanes, fires and storms ravage the region and state. We have lent our assistance, equipment and shelter in such emergencies including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike; the Gulf Oil spill of 2010, moving animals from packed Louisiana shelters to the Houston SPCA; and the Tri-County Wildfires of 2011, where our rescue teams went behind the fire lines to rescue pets and farm animals. Most recently, we worked with the American Red Cross to establish emergency pet shelters for victims of the Great Houston Flood of 2015.

Our subsidiary, The Wildlife Center of Texas, is the “go-to” organization when natural or man-made catastrophes impact the environment and animals. One of The Wildlife Center of Texas’s most active programs is the Oiled Wildlife Response program, which treats animals that have been affected by oil spills and has responded to more than 60 spills to date. The Wildlife Center of Texas also trains oil spill response volunteer teams through hands-on workshops. Members of the Oiled Wildlife Response team are Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certified and Incident Command System (ICS) trained to provide superior care to oil-contaminated wildlife.


Greater Houston United Way

United way Relief Fund

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The United Way Relief Fund has been launched to help support our community in the aftermath of Harvey. The devastation is great and is growing. Our community will need incredible resources to recover. 100% of your gift to the United Way Relief Fund goes to help our neighbors and our community recover from Hurricane Harvey

United Way’s first priority will be safety, shelter and basic needs, like food. Once the community is stabilized, United Way will focus on long-term recovery efforts.

United Way of Greater Houston maintains a disaster reserve fund, which will be tapped for this storm, however because of the widespread devastation already seen, the needs of those impacted will far exceed existing resources.

Year-round, United Way invests in our community’s first responders, like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, so they can respond quickly in times of disaster, as they are doing now. We will continue to support their efforts to provide immediate relief.


sign up to run and become a fundraiser

Are you signing up to Run MDI as a NEW registrant?

If so, click HERE to sign up to Run MDI, then come back to this exact page and follow instructions 'Are you already signed up to run?' (see directly below) for step by step directions to set-up your personal fundraising page.


Are you already signed up to Run MDI?

If yes, simply select one of the Houston Area charities listed above, and click the 'join the fundraising team'. You can verify that you are registered to Run MDI HERE.

For best results, please take your time and carefully read and follow these step-by-step directions:

  1. Click HERE to view our list of official Houston Area charities.
  2. Click "join the fundraising team" under the charity of your choice.
  3. You will be re-directed to Crowdrise:
    • from mobile...
      • scroll down below the run mdi logo and select "The Team" (located next to "The Story" and "Donations")
      • next, select "+ JOIN TEAM" (located next to the total amount raised by the team)
      • follow the onscreen instructions to set-up your fundraising page (according to Crowdrise this should take you 42 seconds from start to finish!)
    • from desktop...
      • select the blue "FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN" button (located below the running tally of funds raised)
      • follow the onscreen instructions to set-up your fundraising page (according to Crowdrise this should take you 42 seconds from start to finish!)
  4. Once you have created your personal fundraising page you will need to send us the URL, which will look something like this:
  5. Please use our charity bib application form to send us your unique Crowdrise URL so that we can verify that you have set up your fundraising page.
  6. Applications for charity bibs will be processed in the order they are received. Once approved, we will send you registration instructions. Your registration is not complete until you have actually signed up to run.


Are you applying to Run for Houston as part of the Charity Bib program?

If so, click HERE for more information.
The Charity Bib program is for those that would like to participate in the sold out half-marathon. (Note: This is the ONLY way to get a half-marathon bib, or to switch from the full-marathon to the half-marathon.)

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