Run for a Cause

I went to New York a few years ago, and the day we went to Central Park just happened to be the day of the Nautica New York City Triathlon.  It was…. AMAZING.  They had streets blocked off and thousands of people lined them, holding up signs and screaming words of encouragement not only to the ones they personally knew, but to every other triathlon participant as well.  My family and I joined in with the cheering.  It was the last leg of the race, the 13.2 mile long run.  These people swim 1.2 miles, bike 55 miles, and then complete the last leg.  These people were literally on their last mile…. maybe 800 meters from the finish line, and we were there to cheer them on!  The crowd was amazing, but what was more amazing were the competitors.  Can you imagine the look of determination in these runners eyes.  They have gone all that way and are less than a mile from the finish line.  It was sooo inspirational.  But I haven’t EVEN got to the best part.  We saw at least 20 runners with one or no legs at all.  THAT is determination.  Ever since then, I am bound and determined to run a race in New York. Google  “race in New York” and you will see pictures of thousands upon thousands of people running in the streets.  It’s an amazing sight.

Now, the point of all this, is to tell you that you don’t have to go all the way to New York City to participate in something like this.  Amarillo has many races of its own.  March of Dimes is coming up soon.  It is a 5k run that is accompanied by a 5k march of awareness.  I participated in this last year, and I literally had to look straight at the ground the whole time.  You see, they had signs up along the path that had statistics about infant deaths.  I had tears streaming down my face within the first 800 meters.  But that last mile, they had signs… and each sign had a baby’s name with the day they were born, and the day they died.  They called it the Memory Mile.  It just broke my heart.  It was an amazing feeling to know that I was helping raise awareness about premature births and that I was helping the babies.  I crossed the finish line with tears streaming down my face, and I wasn’t the only one.

There are so many opportunities to be apart of something like this in our area.  Some coming up are the CASA SuperHero 5k – April 14th (this one is actually on campus), March of Dimes – April 28th, Light up the Night 5k – May 5th, and the Hope and Healing place 1/2 Marathon – May 13th.

I encourage you to consider participating in one of these events.  You can help make a difference in the world and get in shape at the same time!  If you think you’ll have trouble getting started, Couch To 5k is a great help.  You can get it as an app on many phones, and if you don’t have a phone that is compatible with the app you can just search it.  The workout plan is online!  Also there is a Couch to 1/2 marathon as well!

Good luck!

1 Response to “Run for a Cause”

  1. 1 - iBragging Trackback on April 8, 2012 at 11:47 pm

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