BENEFITING: AMERICAN RUNNING ASSOCIATION
ORGANIZER: AMERICAN RUNNING ASSOCIATION
I'm Emily and I'm thrilled to be running the 2014 Boston Marathon to benefit the AMAA.
The marathon brings out the best in Boston- my family and I haven't missed one since I was born. I have fond memories of feeding the ducks as Wellesley, watching the elite runners and men dressed as giraffes alike speed by at BC, and marveling at thousands upon thousands crossing the finish line, triumphant.
Running has been a huge part of my life since joining high school cross country- it's shaped everything from my social circles to my worldview. There is something so empowering about knowing that you can push yourself just a little farther, that you can escape from the real world for an hour and come back with a fresh perspective.
I ran Boston for the first time last year, and much like the entire city, was saddened angered by the events at the finish line. Angered for the senseless loss of lives and the emotional trauma inflicted on my friends and loved ones, but saddned because 2013 rebranded the marathon. Everyone copes with trauma in their own way, and for some it's important to remember 2013. I'm looking forward to remembering 1991-2012 and to creating memories in 2014 of feeding ducks, men dressed like giraffes, and finally crossing that finish line.
The AMAA and I would love your support!
AMERICAN MEDICAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION wrote -
For the 2014 "RUN the Boston Marathon® with AMAA" program, we've partnered with CrowdRise to encourage AMAA members to unite and fundraise for our 2013-2014 "YOUTH FITNESS FUND." Just imagine the impact our group of medical and health professionals can have when harnessed to send a fitness message to the community in a fun and compelling way!
The Problem: Over 30 percent of children ages six to 11 are overweight, 15 percent are obese, and three out of five children ages nine to 13 don't participate in sports or other coached physical activities outside of school. These overweight and unfit children are more likely to remain unhealthy in adulthood and have an increased risk for developing life-threatening medical conditions such as Type II diabetes and heart disease.
The Solution: The American Running Association (ARA) and its medical division, the American Medical Athletic Association, are united in efforts to deter youth obesity in the U.S. and promote higher levels of physical activity for school-age youth. Donations made to ARA and AMAA's Youth Fitness Fund will benefit national RUN A MILE DAYS, held annually in May. Funds will support distribution of free materials such as the 8-week walk/run training schedule and posters, as well as help with onsite activities during the week-long event. To learn more about the program, go to www.runamile.org.
The ARA and AMAA also host an annual cross-country championship for middle schoolers through high school students from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. This event, held in November, is entering its eighth year and has grown to over 500 participants.
Support for the ARA/AMAA Youth Fitness Fund will help expand the organizations' efforts to increase the number of grass-roots youth running events nationwide.
To create your fundraising campaign, click here.
CrowdRise offers lots of prizes for you to use to get your friends and family motivated to donate to your fundraiser. Click here to check it out, choose a prize, and e-mail everyone you know about it