Run for Blood and save a life this summer

July 25, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The American Red Cross will hold it's annual Run for Blood quarter marathon,5k run/walk and community blood drive on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Lake Calhoun. Presented by Smiths Medical and media partner KTWIN Radio, the event will help build awareness of the constant need for lifesaving blood.

This event coincides with the emergency call for blood and platelet donors that the Red Cross issued on July 9. Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. While thousands of people have responded to the recent emergency call for blood and platelet donations from the Red Cross, there remains an urgent need for platelet donors, as well as donors with types O negative, B negative, and A negative blood. Right now blood products are being distributed to area hospitals almost as quickly as donations are coming in.

“Participating in the Run for Blood is an excellent way to show your support for the Red Cross,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO for the Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region. “The summer is historically one of the most difficult times of year for blood and platelet donations. Many donors are still enjoying summer activities, but patients are unable to take a vacation from needing lifesaving transfusions. In the spirit of giving back, you can do something good for yourself and your community.”

Whether you run competitively, are walking with a group of family or friends, or just want to show your support for the Red Cross, there is something for everyone at this event. The public may register for the event at or make an appointment to donate blood at the event Same day registrations to participate in the run/walk and to donate blood are welcome.

There is no alternative to blood transfusions for accident victims, women giving birth, cancer patients, people undergoing surgery and children with blood disorders. The chances are excellent that you will need a blood transfusion in your lifetime.

WHO:  Runners, walkers and blood donors interested in participating in the annual Run for Blood event

WHAT: Run for Blood quarter marathon, 5K run/walk and community blood drive

WHERE:  Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis

WHEN:  Saturday, July 27

  • Race registration:  700 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
  • Opening Ceremony:    7:35 a.m.
  • Race start: 8:00 a.m.
  • Community Blood Drive: 9:00 a.m.-3 p.m.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About Smiths Medical
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About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at