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Feb 24, 2024 - Buehler YMCA

Buehler YMCA Miles for Smiles 2024

Get your kicks on for the Buehler YMCA Miles for Smiles fundraiser! 

In celebration of our sixth year hosting this virtual fundraiser, we’re taking a (figurative) trip down Route 66! In the past five years, the event has raised nearly $70,000 to support hundreds of youth in the Greater Palatine area, helping provide access to summer Day Camp scholarships, after school care, and access to youth programs, including swimming, sports, and gymnastics.  

Join us on Saturday, February 24, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and help us reach our 2024 movement goal of 2,278 miles by running, biking, swimming, or whatever gets you moving. Interested in yoga, Pilates, weightlifting, or any other non-distance exercise? Track your movement by miles completed (15 minutes = 1 mile). 

While 2,278 is quite the trek, we’ve got extra motivation to keep us going! A group of generous donors has pledged $5,000 if we hit the target — so pick any physical activity on February 24 and help us reach our goal!  

And if you’re able, go the extra mile by contributing to our 2024 Miles for Smiles fundraising goal of $16,666. All funds raised support the Buehler YMCA Scholarship Fund. 

How to Get Involved

Get Moving 
Whether you’re running a 5K or walking your dog, every step counts toward our goal of 2,278 miles! On Saturday, February 24, complete your activity and log your miles or minutes (15 minutes = 1 mile) in one of two ways: stop by the Buehler Y from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in person, or post a photo of your activity on Facebook and tag Miles for Smiles and the Buehler YMCA! Every mile or movement get us one step closer to our goal, helping us achieve that generous pledge and empowering youth to have equal access to Buehler YMCA programming, regardless of their financial situation.

Great Ways to Get Moving on February 24 

  • The Buehler YMCA will be open and free to all Miles for Smiles participants, and their youth, during the event. 
  • Run Outdoors with Mike and Kristin: Barrington High School parking lot, 8 to 9:30 a.m. (3.1 miles to 20 miles) 
  • Run Indoors on the Buehler YMCA track 
  • Balance and Flex Class with Terry: Buehler YMCA, Studio 2, 7:30 a.m. 
  • Total Body + with Agnes: Buehler YMCA, Studio 2, 9:10 a.m. 
  • Zumba Gold with Nori: Buehler YMCA, Studio 2, 10:30 a.m. 
  • Cycle Class with Dawn: Buehler YMCA, Cycle Studio, 10 a.m.
  • Yoga with Ashley: Monday, February 19th, SLow Flow Yoga 6:00 - 6:45 PM CST on Zoom. Email [email protected] for questions and the zoom link.
  • Open Gymnastics: Buehler YMCA, 12 to 1 p.m. 

Parents, let the kids have a ball while you break a sweat! Drop off your child ages 8 weeks to 12 years at Buehler YMCA’s Kid Zone in the Family Activity Center on February 24, and have a worry-free workout. The Kid Zone features a bounce house, rock wall, tree house and more. Learn more about Kid Zone via our Center Offerings webpage

Make a Donation 
Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Miles for Smiles. You can support a participant or simply support our cause and help us reach our 2024 goal of $16,666! As always, 100% of funds raised will support the Buehler YMCA! 

Spread the Word 
Like Miles for Smiles and the Buehler YMCA on Facebook to keep tabs on this event. And share our Facebook posts and your own updates with your networks to help amplify our mission of connecting all people to their purpose, potential, and each other.  

Thank you for helping to strengthen the Palatine community one mile at a time!