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Pamela Reed Sanchez's Fundraiser:

Jungle Jog 5K & Conservation Walk

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Get healthy and save lemurs. or help me get healthy and save lemurs. either way.
June 26, 2017

I've been encouraging people to get fit after 50 (or by 50) and walk and run this year's Jungle Jog 5k and Conservation Walk in honor of race  See more
Pamela Reed Sanchez

THE STORY:

 The McNelly Challenge:  

Today is the first of May, and I’m going to go running for the first  time in many months.  I’ll probably end up walking a lot more than  running, and that’s okay.  I’ll be starting.  And I’ve been putting off  starting for a long time. My goal? Run the Seneca Park Zoo Society’s Jungle Jog 5K on July 16. I’ve been down this path before. I started running when I was 48  years old.  I had lost a significant amount of weight, and I decided it  was time to get fit, because it would be easier to get fit before I  turned 50 than after.  I hated running when I started, but I liked how  quickly my body responded to exercise. Each time out, I ran a little  farther, I walked a little less, I grew a little stronger. I ran my  first marathon a few weeks before I celebrated my 50th birthday. I have completed 11 half marathons (13.1 miles), two full marathons  (26.2 miles), and a whole bunch of 5K and 10K “races,” including three  Jungle Jogs. (That’s me in the picture above, at last year’s Jungle  Jog.  And yes, that’s a GoPro on my head.) I don’t “race.”  I participate. I will never finish first, and that’s never been my goal. My goal has  been to be out there, off the couch, celebrating the fact that I am  still capable of walking and running and being outside with the sun (or  the wind, or the rain) on my face. But I stopped running last fall, for a variety of reasons (also known  as excuses). I had already put some weight back on, and frankly, I’ve  been sedentary and eating far too much. And then something happened. Don McNelly, the founder of the Zoo’s  Jungle Jog 5K, died at age 96. Don, too, started running at age 48, and  then proceeded to run more than 700 marathons.  Don McNelly at Jungle Jog in 2011. Photo by Vasiliy Baziuk
Don was and is an inspiration to many of us, whether due to his  passion for wildlife and nature, or his infectious enthusiasm about it  NEVER being too late to start running.  Don’s death made me stop and  think about how I was letting him down–and letting myself down–by being  inactive and allowing excuses to keep me from the joy I feel when I am  active and feeling strong. So, it’s time for me to start my journey to fitness, again. And I’m wondering if it’s time for you, too. It’s easier to do this  knowing you’re not alone, so I’m issuing what we’re calling the McNelly Challenge. I would love nothing more than to see a group of people of my  vintage or older at this year’s Jungle Jog, walking or running the  course and supporting one another in our quest to get or be fit after  50.   We have about ten weeks to work up to walking or running (or some  combination of the two) 3.2 miles, which isn’t as insurmountable as you  might be thinking. If you haven’t been exercising at all, your first call is to your  physician to make sure you’re physically capable of starting an exercise  program.  And then, it’s just about getting out there, a few times a  week. Start slowly. Start with a mile. Or a half mile. Whatever pushes  you just a little bit is where to start, and then build from there.  Slowly. Life isn’t a race. And neither is the Jungle Jog at Seneca Park Zoo.  It’s a morning we spend some time outside in an Olmsted Park and through  the Zoo, celebrating what this Zoo means to our community and our  families, and raising funds for the Zoo and for lemur conservation. You can follow my journey on my Facebook page (Pamela Reed Sanchez) and on Twitter, and you can share your own journey with me on social media, using #McNellyChallenge. I hope you’ll help me create a community of people honoring the legacy of Don McNelly by participating in this year’s Jungle Jog 5K and Conservation Walk.
 

— Pamela Reed Sanchez, Seneca Park Zoo Society Executive Director

$570

MONEY RAISED
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  • Lynn Willard

     

  • Jen Kandris

    $50

  • Marion Swett Robinson

    $50

  • Sarah Hanson

    $50

  • Dave Machata

    $25

  • Karen

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Johanna

    $10

  • Karen Stolt

     

  • Pam

    $10

  • The Wickerham's

    $25

  • Marjorie Perlman

     

  • Robyn Blanchard

    $25

  • Julia Figueras & Peter Iglinski

    $40

  • Colleen s

    $25

  • kathy guillard

    $15

  • Kate Herrmann

     

  • Monica Kress

    $10

  • Mary Worboys-Turner

    $25

  • Claudia Burcke

    $50

  • Amy L. Harned

    $10

  • Mary Pat Smilikis

    $25

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114% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $1,360 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Pamela Reed Sanchez

Amount Raised

$570

 

114% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Michael "Uncle Monkey" Krawczyk

Amount Raised

$155

 

78% Raised of $200 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Seneca Park Zoo Society Events

Amount Raised

$35

 

2% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Mary Pat Smilikis

Mary Pat Smilikis

DONATION: $25

Great cause and Congratulations Pamela! 2 months ago

Amy L. Harned

Amy L. Harned

DONATION: $10

2 months ago

Claudia Burcke

Claudia Burcke

DONATION: $50

You go, girl!! 2 months ago

Mary Worboys-Turner

Mary Worboys-Turner

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Monica Kress

Monica Kress

DONATION: $10

I wish I could run in person with you, but at least we're virtual runners, so we'll be there in spirit ... telling you to go, go, go! 2 months ago

Kate Herrmann

Kate Herrmann

2 months ago

kathy guillard

kathy guillard

DONATION: $15

2 months ago

Colleen s

Colleen s

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Julia Figueras & Peter Iglinski

Julia Figueras & Peter Iglinski

DONATION: $40

In honor of Pamela Reed Sachez-run like the wind! 2 months ago

Robyn Blanchard

Robyn Blanchard

DONATION: $25

Robyn Blanchard-Tacci 2 months ago