Get people moving at meetings and get young people excited about manufacturing. Those are the two goals behind the Miles for Manufacturing (M4M) program, which has hosted runs across the country since its debut at IMTS 2014.
Following the Miles for Manufacturing (M4M) 5K Run/Walk in Cleveland, Ohio, Mike DiFranco from GIE Media joined IMTSTV to talk about the run he created.
The creators wanted M4M to be more than just a way to get exercise, so they added a fundraising component to support careers in manufacturing. In just under two years, M4M has raised more than $30,000 to assist middle school, high school and technical college programs that promote careers in manufacturing.
With support from IMTS, all the staging and promotion of M4M is covered. This means that 100 percent of donations and runner registration fees go directly to the schools.
M4M is not limited to runners, DiFranco noted. The race welcomes walkers, as well as spectators who would like to cheer on the participants and donate to a worthy cause.
Learn more about M4M at The MFG Meeting in Palm Desert on March 2, 2016 or M4M at IMTS 2016 in Chicago on September 14, 2016. Registration is available online.