To "celebrate" (?) turning 40 this year, I decided to run my first full marathon at the Baltimore Running Festival in October. And to give myself a little extra motivation, I wanted to use the opportunity to run for a good cause.
If you know me in person or online, you know that I'm SUPER-passionate about animal welfare and rescue -- I volunteer, foster animals, make a general pest of myself urging people to support various causes, and of course have pets of my own. My first love, though, is horses, and the sport of eventing. (Which has an awful lot in common with running marathons, now that I think about it!)
I thought it only appropriate to run the marathon in support of the ultra-athletes of the equine world -- Thoroughbreds. So I'm running to support CANTER Mid Atlantic, a non-profit that helps transition ex-racehorses to new careers as sport horses.
I'm a proud owner of an ex-racer myself -- the horse in my profile photo is Chief (JC name Chief's Ahead, by Snow Chief, out of Clearly Ahead), who ran 25 times and won exactly once. :) Despite being a mediocre racehorse, he's been an amazingly fun horse to ride and learn on (he was my first full TB), and although he's semi-retired now at 21 years of age, he still loves to show off his fancy trot or go out for a good gallop.
Chief even has a bit of a Baltimore connection -- his sire, Snow Chief, won the Preakness in 1986.
If you've ever wanted to support my kitty-rescue efforts, or if you just want to give me a virtual boost to get through those 26.2 hilly miles through Baltimore, I hope you'll consider making a (tax-deductible!) contribution to this hard-working organization. Thanks, from me and the critters!
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