Richard Nares, executive director and co-founder of the Emilio Nares Foundation, is running the California coastline to help kids with cancer. In 2000, Richard made a promise to his son, Emilio, when they saw runners outside of Emilio’s hospital room in Boston. If Emilio could be so courageous fighting cancer, then Richard could also find the strength to run the Boston Marathon for Emilio.

Shortly after that day, Emilio, lost his battle to cancer. But Richard kept his promise and continues to be inspired by Emilio who fought cancer courageously for three years. Richard has since qualified for the Boston Marathon 3 times.

On Saturday, May 4th, 2013 Richard will start an epic, record-breaking run, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, finishing at Rady Children’s Hospital on Saturday, June 1st 2013.

Turning tragedy into hope, Richard and I, created the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF). ENF provides programs and services for low-income families whose children are battling cancer. Our flagship program, Ride with Emilio, is a transportation service for children with cancer to access their chemotherapy, radiation, or other important medical appointments. Ride with Emilio has been nationally recognized by President Barack Obama and the US Surgeons General as a model program.

Please contact Heidi Cramer, ENF’s Development Officer at (760) 310-9467 or at with any questions and we look forward to your participation as Richard Runs California!