1,000km Charity Poker Challenge – Running Well

For years, poker players have made headlines raising money for charity. Who’s to say that poker fans and media members can’t put forth the time, effort, and dedication to do a little charitable fundraising, too?

running well

  • In 2015, I started the “Running Well” campaign, where I donated $1 to Kids Kicking Cancer for every kilometer I ran (over 140km)
  • In 2016, I extended the campaign to also include an additional $5 donation each time I played tennis (31 times + over 250km run)
  • In 2017, I got really ambitious and challenged myself to run the 1,000km Charity Poker Challenge, and I crossed the finish line with about 1 week to spare!

In 2018, I aim to repeat the 1,000km Charity Poker Challenge, with this year’s beneficiary being the Save a Child’s Heart organization. Their mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children in developing countries and to improve the health and welfare of all children, regardless of the child’s nationality, religion, color, gender or financial situation.

Save a Child's HeartAll running and overall progress is tracked on Twitter with the hashtag #charitypoker1000km,


If you or the company you work for would like to support the cause, either with a monetary pledge or by spreading awareness through writing about my Running Well challenge on your website, I’ll be happy to hear from you.

*Please note that while pledges are made to me, all monies are to be donated directly to Save a Child’s Heart.

Ready to pledge your support? Email Robbie

Want to learn more about Save a Child’s Heart? Watch the video below:

2018 Donors

As of November 13, 2018, I have completed 850km out of the 1,000km total.

My tremendous thanks to the very kind and wonderful people and organizations who have pledged their support for a total of $8,155 thus far!

Name Pledge amount 2018 Running Well Pledge
Robbie Strazynski $1 per kilometer $1,000
*Corporate sponsor: Run It Once $1 per kilometer $1,000
Simcha Simon $.05 per kilometer $50
Michael Pagano $.25 per kilometer $250
*Corporate sponsor: PokerStars $1 per kilometer $1,000
Jaime Staples $1 per kilometer $1,000
Jan Fisher $1 per kilometer $1,000
Ory Weihs $1 per kilometer $1,000
*Corporate sponsor: Howtoplaypokerinfo.com $.10 per kilometer $100
Christina Bradfield $20 general donation $20
Ben Jardine $.10 per kilometer $100
Anonymous $.20 per kilometer $200
Anonymous $26 general donation $26
*Corporate sponsor: Finofin LTD $222 general donation $222
George Epstein $.10 per kilometer $100
David Edel $.77 per kilometer $770
Charity poker night fundraiser $306 general group donation $306
Gabriel Krncan $11 general donation $11

2017 Donors

Name Pledge amount 2017 Running Well Total
Robbie Strazynski $1 per kilometer $1,000
Gabi & Rivke Sackett $.10 per kilometer  $100
Donnie Peters $.25 per kilometer $250
Matthew Lanouette $.10 per kilometer $100
Meir Goldberg $.18 per kilometer $180
Jan Fisher $.50 per kilometer $500
Michael Pagano $.13 per kilometer $130
Linda Johnson $.25 per kilometer $250
Jaime Staples $1 per kilometer $1,000
Ory Weihs $.50 per kilometer $500
David Gutfreund $.09 per kilometer $90

Total funds raised: $4,100! A HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated towards the cause and supported me throughout the year!

2016 Donors

Name Pledge amount Date of Pledge 2016 Running Aces Total
Robbie Strazynski $1 per kilometer + $5 per tennis match Entire year 2016 $407.90
Yuval Dayan $20  July, 2016  $20

 2015 Donors

Name Pledge amount Date of Pledge 2015 Running Well Totals
Robbie Strazynski $1 per kilometer Entire year, 2015 $142.80
Linda Johnson $10 per kilometer May, 2015 $336
Jan Fisher $10 per kilometer May, 2015 $336

 

Ready to pledge your support? Email Robbie

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