A while ago, I ran my first race for charity. I raised a little over $100 for the Turkey Trot in DC back in 2008. I didn’t try hard, because I raised it mostly through family, some blog supporters (seriously y’all are amazing!) but I didn’t know much about fundraising (still don’t…but! I have a friend who is running the Boston Marathon for the SECOND time for charity, I need to get some lessons from him!)
This past fall, before leaving Connecticut, you might recall that I coached 12 amazing girls and assisted in launching the FIRST Girls on the Run chapter in Connecticut, including, attending a training in Charlotte NC where I was amazed and inspired by Girls on the Run founder Molly Barker.
I had thought long and hard about running as a Girls on the Run Solemate for my next race and decided tonight, that I wanted to run as a Solemate for Girls on the Run for the National Half Marathon in March. I’ve got some lofty goals with this race as far as time goes, and I’ve got some amazing support from my lulu-team here in Naptown to keep me accountable. Raising money for Girls on the Run will not only hold me accountable, but also, help out an amazing organization!
So I think it’s on. I can raise my minimum and then some. I would love to raise $1000+ for the Greater Chesapeake Council of Girls on the Run. What exactly does the money support?
“SoleMates is the charity running program for Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run is a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls age eight to thirteen years old. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development. Our mission is to educate and prepare girls for a life time of self-respect and healthy living. Please check out our website at www.girlsontherunsolemates.org/.”
So what say you? $5? $10? $25? You can donate (any amount!) to my race here and know that it will all go to helping a young girl in the greater Chesapeake area participate in this life changing program!