Lake Effect Series Final Wrap Up

I am sad this is the last post regarding the Lake Effect Series.  I have had nothing but a great time fundraising and spreading awareness for Eating Disorders.  The support I received from friends and family as well as strangers has been overwhelming.  I will truly never forget this experience.

Before the race Ophelia’s Place shared that this race contributes 10% of their annual budget.  Every single dollar and donation truly does make a difference.  It is so hard for me to believe that together we raised 2500 dollars. There were over 70 donors.  Wow! 

Left to right: Heather, Laura, me, Brittany
Left to right: Heather, Laura, me, Brittany


If you haven’t already please go read some or all of the incredible stories.  These stories are truly amazing and show the incredible courage and bravery of the authors.  They will always remain on my blog under the “reads” section.

After adding everyone into the giveaway (donors, story sharers and those who shared the link to the giveaway or stories) I came up with 3653 entries to the giveaway!  I drew the numbers from and ended up with these.

The race director and I
The race director and I

Without further ado here are the winners and thank you again.

KIND BARS: 2912 The Writer of the post “Binge Eating”(anonymous)

Pocket Fuel and Energy Bits 2355 Package 1: Jacqueline Klayman

Pocket Fuel and Energy Bits 1037 Package 2: Mike Post

Lindsay’s Healthy Bites: 962 Alex at Runwithin

Allie’s Hearty Handful Granola:  1202 Ashley Fincher

**Please email me and I will connect you as appropriate.



This whole experience was eye opening for me. It truly made me realize that we do possess the ability to make a change or a difference.  Every dollar donated, whether it was 1 dollar or 100 added up to 2500 dollars.  I can honestly say this was one of my biggest accomplishments in my life. I truly cannot thank the support of family, friends, readers and anonymous donors.  It was a great experience for me and I am truly glad that I ran this race.  To answer your question: I do plan to run the Lake Effect Half Marathon every year I am close enough to Upstate NY.


No questions today.  I just want to express how truly grateful I am for all the support from every single person. 


  1. Nice final post Hollie and was truly a great series of reads to follow. Each being equally touching. I’m also glad to hear you’ll be doing the Lake Effect Half Mary again. Some racing are just worth multiple times

    1. I am a “regular” too. If I find a race I really like I will do it multiple times! Since I’ve moved quite often I’m excited to do new races too I guess too, it’s something I’m working on!

  2. Great post. Reading the stories was an eye-opener for me too. Thanks for doing the series in the first place.

  3. I love this whole series – I’m glad you raised so much money, but I think you brought awareness to so many more – which is huge in my book!

  4. I think fundraising can be super intimidation so I applaud you on sticking with it. and i can’t believe I won the healthy bites… I have been DYING to try them

  5. Fantastic wrap-up to a wonderful series. Congrats to all of the winners, and particularly to you for doing such a fantastic job at both fundraising and the race itself 🙂


      1. Aww, that would be a dream for me! I’d have to attach rockets to my shoes in order to keep up with you though 🙂


  6. Grat job Hollikins! And that’s awesome about how much money you raised- I thought it was great 🙂

  7. Wow, congratulations. I am currently raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with Team in Training. What an amazing experience and so far I have raised almost $5,000

  8. Congrats on a successful fundraiser and race–and congrats to the winners. I’m so proud of you for using running–something you love and kick butt at–to pay it forward and help others.

  9. I’m bummed the Lake Effect Series is over, too! It was so amazing. You’re right that it’s super eye opening that we CAN make a difference!

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