Unforgettable Outdoor Experiences
Kids love horses. And Sid and Ice, Positive Energy Outdoors' team of gentle draft horses, adore children.
Positive Energy Outdoors is located just north of Duluth, where at the turn of the last century, hundreds of teams, just like Sid and Ice, worked in the woods during the logging heyday in Northern Minnesota. One hundred years later, most kids don't have any exposure to horses. For some, horses can even feel scary.
Every child should have an opportunity to experience horses in person.
Horses are important to kids. Sid and Ice have been lovingly groomed, harnessed and driven by thousands of children over nearly a decade of work together as a team at Positive Energy Outdoors. At 23 years old, they are still going strong, but we are getting ready for when they tell us it's time to retire.
To find a new team, we have a plan:
1. We're researching potential draft horse teams that are 12-15 years old within 200 miles of Duluth.
2. Once we find the right team, we'll bring them home to Duluth and get them ready to welcome kids in our programs.
3. Positive Energy Outdoors will expand opportunities for children to groom, harness and drive draft horses once the new team arrives.
You can help us purchase a team of child-friendly horses by becoming a Grandma's Marathon or Garry Bjorklund half marathon charity runner and raising funds.
With your help, Sid and Ice can help train a younger team to take their place once they retire. Children participating in Positive Energy Outdoors' programs will continue to have opportunities to drive a team of gentle draft horses, and the new team will have a loving, permanent home.
Without support from charity runners, a beginner-safe team will be out of reach financially. When Sid and Ice retire, our draft horse program may end.
Thanks for making a difference in the lives of children and animals, and supporting Positive Energy Outdoors' important mission to provide people and animal powered exploration of the outdoors by becoming a charity runner.
Learn More About Becoming a Positive Energy Outdoors Charity Runner
Thank you for your interest in becoming a charity runner for Positive Energy Outdoors. By joining our charity running team and meeting our fundraising minimum, you will have a guaranteed entry in the 2019 Grandma's Marathon or the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on June 22, 2019.
Runners will qualify for their guaranteed entry by raising a minimum of $750 by April 30, 2019. We strongly suggest you set a goal above the fundraising minimum--you can continue fundraising until race day!
You are personally responsible for meeting the fundraising minimum. If your minimum goal is not reached by April 30, 2019, the difference will be charged to your credit card on file with CrowdRise. For example, if you raise $675 by April 30, your credit card will be charged $75, which will allow you to reach the fundraising minimum.
You will only receive a charity code once you have reached the fundraising minimum--there are no exceptions. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Follow these steps to set up your CrowdRise fundraising page.
1. Click on Join the Team & Create Your Own Fundraiser.
2. Choose to raise funds, either by joining the team and agreeing to the fundraising minimum of $750, or raising funds to support Positive Energy Outdoors without a fundraising minimum (remember, you will not receive a race bib unless you meet the $750 fundraising minimum).
3. Share, share, share! Share your fundraiser with your networks (online and off) to let them know you are running to raise funds for Positive Energy Outdoors. You'll get updates about Sid and Ice, and our journey to find a new team.
Share your running story and let people know how your training is going, from your best pre-run meal to your playlist to your mileage and milestones. Keep sharing until you meet your goal. People want to know how it's going!
Perks For Charity Runners
Grandma's Marathon Charity Runners who meet the $750 fundraising minimum and register for their bib by December 31, 2018 will receive a free full zip jacket.
Garry Bjorklund Charity Runners who meet the $750 fundraising minimum by December 31, 2018 will receive a free training shirt.
All charity runners who raise $375 or more by December 31, 2018 will receive a free ticket to the Michelina's All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner.
All charity runners who raise $1,000 or more by April 30, 2019 will receive an exclusive DLH Clothing shirt designed especially for Positive Energy Outdoors' charity runners.
How will Positive Energy Outdoors use the funds raised by charity runners?
As we have begun researching draft horse teams that meet our criteria, we have found that it will cost $5,000-$12,000 for a team that will work for our program. Our fundraising goal factors in the cost of purchasing a sound, gentle, well trained draft horse team, and the time it will take to transport them to Duluth.
If funds are raised beyond the cost of purchasing and transporting the new team, we will use the funds to rehab our 1994 horse trailer, which needs approximately $5,000 in work for rust and other remediation (wiring, etc.).
If funds are left after trailer repairs, they will be used to toward the continued care and feeding of the horses (senior feed, hay, vet and farrier care, etc.). These boys sure can eat!
Contact Stephanie Love, Positive Energy Outdoors Co-Founder/Director at 218-391-0147 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Get in touch to schedule a time to meet Sid and Ice in person (and soon, meet the new team). Or, schedule your own sleigh or wagon ride and experience driving draft horses with your family or group.
Thank you for your support of Positive Energy Outdoors and for joining our charity running team!