Run With A Purpose

Isabella’s Dream Team is an endurance running program that raises money for the Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF) while training for half and full marathons. The Dream Team officially started in 2014 with 25 runners. It has grown tremendously, not just in the number of runners and amount of funds raised, but also in its social media presence. In 2016 Isabella’s Dream Team had over 150 runners and raised over $165,000.   

Isabella’s Dream Team runs with a purpose… for Isabella and other kids fighting cancer.  We run to raise money to help childhood cancer and hope you will consider joining us in 2017!

Dream Team runners run all over the Charlotte area. The team has socials each month, weekday short runs, and a long team run every Saturday morning (from March to November).

If you are interested in joining Isabella’s Dream Team (from near OR far) or want more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Coach Tom Patania

Set up your FirstGiving page and start fundraising now:

  1. Click here: 2017 Isabella’s Dream Team
  2. Click “Join Now” and set up your FirstGiving account
  3. Personalize page with pictures and state why you are running with the team

We provide:

  • Coaching
  • Training plans (half, marathon and marathon relay)
  • Weekend long runs and weekday run options
  • Team swag
  • Socials
  • Camaraderie
  • Motivation

In 2016, we were voted the Best Charity Program by Endurance Magazine.

In it’s 4th year, Isabella’s Dream Team welcomes runners on ALL levels. In 2016, the Dream Team has collectively logged more than 38,831 miles, conquered more than six half-marathon and full-marathon courses and raised $314,165. This year’s Dream Team is officially powered by Orthocarolina and begins training in July.

What’s New in 2017?

New to our training schedule will be a training program for the Isabella Santos 10K (Sept 30th). If you’re not quite ready for a half marathon, this would be a great stepping stone. Fundraising Commitment Level: $500.00 minimum.

One to Run. One for Fun. This is a challenge to run the Rock N Roll Savannah Half Marathon Nov 5th and run the Charlotte Half Marathon Nov 11th. We’ve had several participants do this throughout the years, but this year we are adding additional swag and twice the fun. Fundraising Commitment Level: $1,000.00 minimum

Always an option:

As part of our giveback initiative, we are proud to announce that this year Isabella’s Dream Team will:

Dream Team Motivation

This Isn’t My First Rodeo

“As an original dream team member, and someone that this isn’t my first rodeo for training for a half-marathon, you may think I love running all the time. But sometimes, it is a struggle to get out there and pound the pavement.”

Read More About Julie’s Training Here

My Journey From The Couch To The Trail

“So, like the majority of America, I set a New Year’s Resolution to get fit, but I had no idea how to do it. My friend Kayla invited me to start the Couch to 5K program and I was just desperate enough to say yes. I vividly remember her saying, “Don’t worry, it eases you into it.”

Read More About Jess’s Training Here

I’m a Gym Class failure.

“It’s the feeling of running for something bigger than myself that pushes me to keep going. To know that this Dream Team of ours is making a difference, in Isabella’s honor, motivates me at each and every run. This year I’m running the New York City Marathon and the Charlotte Half Marathon in the same week. 25 years ago this Gym Class Failure refused to run a mile and now I invite you to share in my journey towards 39.3.”

Read More About Juliane’s Training Here

Beginning Again….

“Seeing everybody working to lift everyone else up is a type of inspiration that you can’t find just anywhere. My mantra when things get tough has consistently been “one mile at a time”, forcing me to just focus on the goal. Sometimes it has worked, sometimes is hasn’t; but now as a member of Isabella’s Dream Team, that mantra gets me through every time. Because we’re all doing this for the same reason. For the same goal. And If Isabella can fight Neuroblastoma for 5 years … over 70% of her life … then, dammit, we can make it one more freaking mile. And all the miles after that.”

Read More About Crystal’s Training Here


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