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ARL Paws Over Pittsburgh 2016

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BENEFITING: Humane Animal Rescue

ORGANIZER: Humane Animal Rescue

EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2016

EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016

Justin Williams

THE STORY:

Here we are again for an amazing 4th trip, training and running the 13.1 miles of the half marathon to support the Animal Rescue League in honor of Winston and Troegs.  And again, I need your help!

If you missed it last three 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 on April 1, 2012.  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, and still carrying a good 240, 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 being able to bring the three year donation total to $3,957 made it well worth it.

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 fourth run, but equally amazing has been all the support I have received over the last three 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 three 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

$1,515

MONEY RAISED
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  • Raggedy Ann, Andy, Sassy, and Gus

    $100

  • Jimmy, Chrissy, Ava, and Juliette

    $25

  • David and Kate Tull

    $20

  • Brandon and Debbie McGirr

    $25

  • C. Spencer Beggs

    $25

  • Marty and Anne

    $25

  • David Buckley

    $25

  • Bob Intrieri

    $30

  • Grits

    $25

  • ted dilday

    $100

  • Jason Rigby

    $50

  • Mike Mulligan

    $50

  • Patty Delaney

    $40

  • Kathleen and Dan

    $50

  • Dani Gundlach

    $100

  • Neil Sahene

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Victor DiMargio

    $50

  • Jules Plazas

    $25

  • Tony, Cricket and Chloe

    $20

  • The Haskins Crew

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Mistick

    $25

  • 3617 Charlotte

     

  • Molyneux Industries Inc

    $250

  • Nelsen Steel Company

    $200

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152% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $99,155 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Humane Animal Rescue

Amount Raised

$10,081

 

8% Raised of $125,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Janice and Rob Gatt

Amount Raised

$1,925

 

128% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Dan Rossi

Amount Raised

$1,640

Fundraiser Title

Paula Luna

Amount Raised

$1,605

Fundraiser Title

Justin Williams

Amount Raised

$1,515

 

152% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Scott Gabriel

Amount Raised

$1,395

 

279% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Danielle Mashuda

Amount Raised

$1,291

 

86% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kristen Hillenbrand

Amount Raised

$1,266

Donor Comments

Molyneux Industries Inc

Molyneux Industries Inc

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

Nelsen Steel Company

Nelsen Steel Company

DONATION: $200

2 years ago

3617 Charlotte

3617 Charlotte

2 years ago

Mistick

Mistick

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $30

In memory of Hudson 2 years ago

The Haskins Crew

The Haskins Crew

DONATION: $50

Run ButtFace! B 2 years ago

Tony, Cricket and Chloe

Tony, Cricket and Chloe

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Jules Plazas

Jules Plazas

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Victor DiMargio

Victor DiMargio

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

2 years ago