BENEFITING: The Petit Family Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
Don’t you just love when you surprise yourself? I do. I surprised myself in 2009 when I completed the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon with Team in Training. I never thought that my body and mind were capable of completing such a challenge. It wasn’t easy. It required dedication, strength, discipline, and a lot of stretching. However, when you run with intention, you run differently. You feel stronger, confident, and proud. You push yourself because you can and because you want to.
On Sunday, November 3rd I will be running in The ING New York City Marathon. This year’s intention is the Petit Family Foundation. The Petit Family Foundation honors the memories of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit, and Michaela Rose Petit by continuing the kindness, idealism and activism that defined their lives. What happened in my hometown of Cheshire, Connecticut on July 23, 2007 makes my heart sink every time I think about it. It makes me sad and angry.
A few years ago, I found myself thinking about the Petits a lot when I would be out on a run. I remember exactly where I was when I thought, “How can I help?” I went home that night, researched the foundation, and contacted Brian Hetzel who is in charge of the Petit Family Foundation Running Team. I ended up joining the team and ran the Hyannis Marathon Relay, two years in a row. Why run? Running is our way of keeping the spirit of this family alive and to spread the work that they cherished so much.
I am ready for this challenge! Well, almost. Training with the Nike Run Club has been an amazing experience. They have inspired me to train hard, remain dedicated, and have fun. As a runner this is the strongest that I have ever felt! My strength isn’t just coming from my training, but from my intention and the support from my family and friends.
The Foundation's funds are given to foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.
Be the change,