Welcome to my Project AWARE team page! This will be my first marathon so bare with me while I figure out this training routine! I am an enthusiastic runner who is passionate about staying active and healthy while keeping it interesting through participation in different races and seeing new locations. I can't think of a better way to tour NYC than on foot for 26.2 miles!
As an animal scientist, I am an advocate for all creatures both on land and by sea. My parents raised me on the water through sailing and traveling. I have always had an intense curiosity about sharks. Through my fundraising efforts, I hope to raise awareness of the need for stricter bans on shark fishing and drive research efforts to protect fragile shark populations around the world.
One of the cruelest practices threatening shark populations is finning which is estimated to account for more than 73MM shark deaths per year. The process involves hauling live sharks on deck, slicing off their fins while they are still alive, and tossing them overboard to drown or bleed to death. There are 145 countries actively participating in the trade of shark products.
Why does this matter? Sharks are important because they balance the oceanic food chain but their depleting populations negatively influence the marine ecosystem(s). They are slow growing creatures with long life expectancies and low birth rates. Excessive hunting means they are unable to maintain sustainable populations in certain areas of the world.
After reading the book The Devil's Teeth, I planned a 7 hour tour of the Farallon Islands while on vacation in San Francisco. I am fascinated by the research conducted on Great White sharks and their migration patterns in that area. Their intelligence is illustrated beautifully in the book. I recommend picking it up if you want to learn about the Great White shark.
I plan to update this page frequently so check back often. Please also visit my CrowdRise page to track my progress. It won't hurt my feelings or racing spirit if you leave me a $1 or so too!
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