The mood at Eat. Run. Hope., a 5K and tasting event presented by Ethan Stowell Restaurants and Eastside Maternal Fetal Medicine, is bound to be light-hearted: The city's leading chefs will be running the course as a relay, with a strip of bacon instead of baton. But Stowell says he hopes the fundraiser will also cultivate awareness about an issue that's rarely discussed publicly.
"Having fetal problems isn't really spoken about," Stowell says. "You'd be shocked by the number of people who've come up to us and said 'something like that happened to us.'"
Stowell and his wife, Angela, last summer lost their twin sons to Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Stowell says the city's chefs were quick to ask him what they could do to help: All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Fetal Hope Foundation.
"The most important thing is raising funds," Stowell says. "Angela and I were very fortunate to be able to get the support we needed. If someone in Arkansas has Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, they're going to be recommended to fly to San Francisco or Seattle, and that's challenging."
According to Stowell, ticket sales have been brisk, but runners, walkers and eaters can still register for the Apr. 1 event at Seward Park. A ticket to the tasting tent is $70, and race registration is $35. Eating and running is priced at $95. Tickets are available online.
"It's something we want to make an annual event," Stowell says.