Help Me - Help Them!
My 7th Run For The Critters is May 24, 2015.
On May 24, 2015 I will run the Memorial Day Marathon as my SEVENTH Run For The Critters. This is a FULL marathon of 26.3 miles! I will be raising money for Berkshire Animal D.R.E.A.M.S. A cat rescue group in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.
View a photo slide show of all the Run For The Critters below.
The Story Behind The Run...
The inspiration for my first Run For The Critters was born from a sense of gratitude. When my mother passed away in February, 2010 after a long slow "dwindling away", I worked out my feelings of grief and loss by running on our country roads.
Having lost my twin sister, my older brother, my mother in law and my father, grief was not foreign to me, but this loss hit me hard. My friend Mark Hundley, in his book Awaken to a Good Mourning, suggests that we become a new person when we begin to climb out of the dark valley of grief and back into the light of living.
As I was out running one morning, a month or so after mom passed away, I began to feel like I was finally climbing out of that dark valley.
And I was suddenly bowled over by a strong sense of gratitude!
I was grateful that I could still run at my age, that I could run in such beautiful countryside, I felt grateful for many things. I wanted to give back somehow. Then an idea hit me: I'd run for the critters! Because, aside from my family and art, animals are what I love most. For as long as I can remember I've had a special rapport with critters so running to raise money for animal charity seemed like the perfect challenge and the perfect way to give back! I could set a goal of running a six-mile race while raising money for animal charity. That is exactly what I did.
In September 2010 I raced in the George Coope Memorial Road Run in Adams Mass. I won 2nd place in my class, but felt I won even before I began the race with $1500 raised for animal charity!
I was so inspired and empowered by the success of my first Run For The Critters that I did it again.
Since 2010 I've run six Run For The Critters and raised a total of $10,048 for the animals!
Thank you for Helping Me Help Them.
Where The Money Went:
I donated all the proceeds to these outstanding charities: Old Dog Haven , FieldHaven Feline Rescue and Berkshire Animal D.R.E.A.M.S.
The 6th Run For The Critters was May 25, 2014 and was a Half Marathon
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