EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
Why do I run?
Running has been a part of my life for the last 10 years. And, though, the degree of running has varied radically in that decade, I've been given the opportunity to participate in NYC's marathon this fall, clad in purple, in support of the Alzheimer's Association.
My fondest running memories were in high school. I was lucky enough to be part of an All-American squad, competing alongside some truly talented, good friends. On our relays, I almost always handed the baton off to my best friend, Leigh, a tricky weekly endeavor that mixed exhaustion and anxiety. Whenever I turned the last bend, I would frequently hear a crisp, sharp whistle beckoning me around the straight. That sound, forever ingrained in my mind, was coming from Leigh's Mom, Mrs. "Barb" Murphy. Her Mom could pull off the one-handed whistle better than anyone I knew, and that shrill pitch was incredibly encouraging as I tried to reach her daughter so she could begin the next leg of the race.
Why am I running this year?
This year I’m running on behalf of Mrs. Murphy, someone we lost, much too young in life, to an early-onset of Alzheimers. I'm running to remember and honor Mrs. Murphy. I'm running to raise awareness for the disease and to aid in the progress the organization has made in finding a cure. I'm running because I know she'll be there in spirit whislting me through those 26.2 miles.
See you in purple on November 1!
RUN FOR BARB. RUN FOR ALL. RUN FOR ALZ.
The organization does truly incredible work. In their words: "Since its inaugural year in 2009, team Athletes to End Alzheimer’s (ATEA) has represented the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter in one of the world’s biggest and best-supported marathons, the TCS New York City Marathon. In 2014, 134 runners took to the streets in Alzheimer’s Association purple, showing their support for the cause and their affected loved ones to not only New York City but an estimated 2 million spectators from all over the world."