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The University of Texas at Dallas Pre-Dental Association, in partnership with the Baylor College of Dentistry, is proud to announce its fifth annual Miles for Smiles runathon event! This year we will also be joined by the Pre-Dental Associations at UTA, SMU, UNT, and TCU. In our continuous effort to raise awareness of the importance of dental health for all, we invite you to join us through running or sponsorship in raising money for individuals in the greater Dallas area who are unable to afford dental care.

 

When and where is Miles for Smiles?

Saturday, April 20, from 7:00am - 2:00pm at The University of Texas at Dallas. The route will begin in front of the Student Union, by the plinth (route map located on the left)!

How does Miles for Smiles work?

UTD Students and faculty, as well as the general public, are invited to visit the University track field any time during the runathon, where they will have the opportunity to run or walk any number of miles they are capable of to the tunes of a live DJ! After the event, based on the cumulative number of miles that are run by all the participants, local sponsors and dentists generously donate a certain amount of money to the cause!

Who is allowed to participate in the event?

In 2010, we opened up Miles for Smiles to the Plano, Richardson, Frisco and Dallas communities in hopes of bringing together the Greater Dallas population for a day of oral health advocacy and fun! We invite sports teams, dental offices, avid runners, and all friends and family to come out and enjoy a day with students and friends at The University of Texas at Dallas. Registration is totally free to everyone interested in supporting our cause!

Where does the money raised go?

As an event sponsor of Miles for Smiles, 100% of all contributions will go towards the Baylor College of Dentistry Social Services Dental Care Fund. This fund, maintained by the Director of Social Services of the Department of Public Health Sciences, is used to provide disadvantaged citizens of the Greater Dallas community with an interest-free loan to pay for dental care they previously would not be able to afford. Potential recipients of financial assistance are carefully interviewed after providing proof of income and then selected based on evidence of financial need or medical indigency and ability to repay the loan. In the 29 years the Dental Care Fund has been in place, there has consistently been a high rate of full repayment, which has enabled the fund to continue to serve citizens in need.

How do I participate?

It’s simple! On the day of the event, anytime from 7:00am – 2:00pm, visit the University of Texas at Dallas and sign up at one of the registration booths. After you receive a number badge, you are set to run!

Are there prizes?

All participants will receive free toothbrushes and toothpaste for participating! 

Whitening kits valued at $599 will be awarded to the male and female participants who run the greatest distance, and other prizes including iPods and $50 Run On! gift cards will be awarded for our most spirited runner and other top runners. More prizes are soon to be announced!

Don’t forget to pick up your free toothbrush and toothpaste after you’re done!  Snacks and drinks will also be plentiful!

 

Please join us in our effort to lend a hand to individuals in the greater Dallas area who are unable to afford dental care. As a sponsor of our event, your help would directly promote our purpose of providing dental care for those in need. Your business or organization would benefit by being identified as a sponsor on all event advertising, apparel and promotion, including t-shirts, and your contribution will go toward a very important cause.