Running to Help Others
One of the most important parts of being involved in social media through blogging, podcasting, and internet radio for over fifteen years has been finding unique ways to use those platforms to help other people. When I began running for the first time in eighteen years, competitively for the first time in twenty-four, I found a new way to help others. Many runs are created to benefit other people both through financial assistance through registration and donation or spiritual motivation. There's no better feeling as a runner to then be able to use that ability and skill to help other people.
Walk 40 Miles in May
In April of 2021, I signed up for the American Cancer Society's "Walk 40 miles" campaign to raise money for the Cancer Research. The goal was to walk 40 miles and raise $100! I finished walking 205.10 miles and raising $180! I also supported the cause by wearing the American Cancer Society's "Never Give Up" rally t-shirt during my race at Shelburne on May 8th, 2021.
Wheels for Jacquie
In April of 2021, I signed up for the Wheels for Jacquie Virtual 5K. Unfortunately, this race fell on the same day as my big race in Shelburne. When I reached out to the Wheels for Jacquie Fondation to let them know I still wanted to help, they gave me the green light to run Wheels for Jacquie at Shelburne! According to the foundations facebook page, the event raised over $2,000! I'm happy to have been able to make a small contribution and run for a good cause!
Jacquie is a 23-year-old college graduate who independently navigates society with her wheelchair and her assistance dog, Moose. She is a world-traveler and an advocate for differently-abled individuals. Jacquie was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Dystrophy at the age of two. She wants to be able to transport herself and her service dog, Moose, wherever they need to go.
Neighborhood Connections is a health and social service agency located in Londonderry, VT. Even during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Neighborhood Connections remained open, offering support to community members in need. At a time when many other resources seemed inaccessible, Neighborhood Connections' staff and volunteers connected with individuals and families, helping them navigate through countless crises and tackle unforeseen hardships. In May of 2021, I signed up for the Covid Bridges Virtual Run to help support Neighborhood Connections.
In May 2021, I registered for the virtual BarnArts Race Around the Lake to support BarnArts. Unfortunately, I was unavailable the day of the in person race so instead I had to support BarnArts virtually. I'm hopeful that next year I'll be able to get to Barnard to race the course in person.
The mission of BarnArts is to engage the local community as both viewers and participants in a year-round performing arts program which supports the existing and developing talents of local adults and children. The Race Around the Lake specifically supports BarnArts youth programming: Sponsorship and scholarships for their summer youth theater, sponsorship of the BarnArts teen touring company, and free programs for kids, like the BarnArts Youth Chorale.
In June 2021, I registered for the Maine Vets 5K in my hometown of Scarborough, Maine. Not only will this be a homecoming for me but the proceeds go to support the Maine Veterans' Homes Scarborough residents. For the past eight years, this event has raised over $28,000 for resident activities! The money allows residents to remain active, attend musical and theater performances, have meals out, and enjoy entertainment brought into the home.