Thank You for Helping Me - Help Them!
My 5TH Run For The Critters on May 26, 2013 was a great success.
(Left is a photograph of me at mile five, just before the long - long uphill finish).
May 26 I ran in the Memorial Day 10K (6.3 miles) Race in Lenox Mass. and raised $2077 for the senior dogs of Old Dog Haven. The combined total I've raised from my previous Run For the Critters is $6568.
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.
As I was out running one morning, a month or so after mom passed away, I was suddenly bowled over by a strong sense of gratitude!
I was grateful that I could still run at age 51, 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! 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.
In May, 2011, I ran the Lenox Memorial Day 10K and raised $500 for the critters, then in September, 2011, I ran another 10K and raised $1141. I finished the Lenox Memorial Day Race on May 2012 and raised $1350 for the animals!
Thank you for Helping me help them!
Where The Money Went:
I donated all the proceeds to these two outstanding charities: Old Dog Haven and FieldHaven Feline Rescue . The total was divided between the two charities.
You can now follow the Run For The Critters on Facebook!
The 6th Run For The Critters will be May 25, 2014 and will be a Half Marathon!
TOTAL RAISED: $6568
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