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Paws Over Pittsburgh 2017

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BENEFITING: Humane Animal Rescue

ORGANIZER: Humane Animal Rescue

EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017

EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017

Justin Williams

THE STORY:

Here we are again for an amazing 5th trip, training and running the 13.1 miles of the half marathon to support the Animal Rescue League in honor of Winston and Troegs.  It's hard to believe this will be the fifth time, and I'm ever so thankful for your continued support!

If you missed it last 4 years, here is the backstory:
In the summer of 2012 I got this crazy idea that I would run half marathon in honor of Winston (our bulldog who had just passed away) and our newest (at that time!) family member, Troegs who we adopted in April.  I had the idea that I could try and raise money to then donate to the Animal Rescue League.  Of course, if you know me, I've never been a runner.  I don't even look like a runner, I'm far too big.  But the idea kept nagging at me, and I thought well just maybe I could  do it.  So I started jogging here and there to see what my body could do.  And then I started actually running regularly.  I told myself if I could make 3 miles without stopping that would be a good enough start that I could actually register for the half marathon and train for real.  And then one night I made it.  Now I know 3 miles isn't that far, but for a guy who at that time was only two years removed from pushing nearly 300 lbs it felt amazing. 

So I signed up and trained and ran that first half marathon in May 2013. As we got closer to the marathon I made a fundraising push that included a promise of running in my kilt should donations reach $1000, which would cover the total care of one animal staying ARL for an entire month. Thanks to awesome folks like you that first year we raised over $1200 for ARL, and as promised I ran the half marathon in a kilt.  

Year two training was a little tougher with a rough winter, and also the birth of our new bundle of joy, Colin Joseph Williams, but I was determined to do well and make a signficant impact again.  And again, thanks to your awesome support I sported the kilt for another 13.1 miles as we again raised over $1200 for ARL.

Year three brought yet even more amazing support from friends, family, co-workers, vendors, suppliers, and even strangers as we hit $1460 in total donations!  That helped me pull through in what turned out to be the toughest half yet, but knowing all the amazing support I had made it well worth it.

Year four again brought fantastic support, and I was able to raise my largest amount yet, $1515!  The race itself while not nearly my fastest, was my most enjoyable since the first, and I'm sure that knowing our 4 year total was now at $5472 certainly helped!

And that brings us back to now, and I need your help once again to make an impact in the lives of a variety of furry friends at ARL.  It's amazing to me that this will be the fifth run, but equally amazing has been all the support I have received over the last four years.  Your donations greatly help motivate me to keep going and push through training, and certainly help come race day.  And just like the last four years, if we hit $1000 in total donations I will proudly run the half in my kilt!

No matter the donation amount, thank you very much for your help and support.

Here are some of the ways ARL will use the funds you contribute:

$30 will cover the cost of micro-chipping a cat or dog.
$50 will provide low-cost spay/neuter services to a family who couldn’t otherwise afford it.
$100 will provide behavioral training for an animal to help her find a new home more quickly.
$1,000 will cover the total care for an animal that stays in our shelter for one month.

Even more than just the care your donation will help provide, it also helps bring smiles and joy to the family who ends up adopting the animal your donation helped saved.

Check out the below for more information:

www.animalrescue.org/marathon.

Facebook.com/arlpawsoverpgh

 

$1,225

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jolly Roger Fantasy Football League

    $100

  • susan williams

    $100

  • Adam Reich

    $100

  • Kroeger-Schroeder

     

  • New Dimension Metals

    $50

  • Ted Dilday Day Metals

    $100

  • Neil Sahene

    $100

  • Carlson's Industrial Grinding, Inc.

    $50

  • Metalico Pittsburgh

    $100

  • Vic Alfieri

    $25

  • Luna, Teddy, Pip, Tamar & Patty

    $25

  • Bridge

    $50

  • Molyneux Industries INC

    $250

  • Admiral Metals

    $100

  • Diver Enterprises - Mike Mulligan

    $50

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123% Raised of $1,000 Goal

The Team: $113,133 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Humane Animal Rescue

Amount Raised

$14,639

 

12% Raised of $125,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ashley Melville

Amount Raised

$2,702

 

540% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Martin Connelly

Amount Raised

$2,025

 

579% Raised of $350 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ann Cannoni

Amount Raised

$1,850

 

185% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Dan Rossi

Amount Raised

$1,789

Fundraiser Title

Becky Pacek

Amount Raised

$1,625

 

163% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jackie Neilly

Amount Raised

$1,425

 

143% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lauren Pusateri

Amount Raised

$1,418

 

284% Raised of $500 Goal

Donor Comments

Diver Enterprises - Mike Mulligan

Diver Enterprises - Mike Mulligan

DONATION: $50

GO IRISH!!!! 5 months ago

Admiral Metals

Admiral Metals

DONATION: $100

5 months ago

Molyneux Industries INC

Molyneux Industries INC

DONATION: $250

5 months ago

Bridge

Bridge

DONATION: $50

For all the furbabies, unbalanced and balanced, special and "special," past and present. 5 months ago

Luna, Teddy, Pip, Tamar & Patty

Luna, Teddy, Pip, Tamar & Patty

DONATION: $25

5 months ago

Vic Alfieri

Vic Alfieri

DONATION: $25

5 months ago

Metalico Pittsburgh

Metalico Pittsburgh

DONATION: $100

5 months ago

Carlson's Industrial Grinding, Inc.

Carlson's Industrial Grinding, Inc.

DONATION: $50

5 months ago

Neil Sahene

Neil Sahene

DONATION: $100

5 months ago

Ted Dilday  Day Metals

Ted Dilday Day Metals

DONATION: $100

5 months ago