BENEFITING: SAPNA NYC INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
I never thought that I would one day train to run the New York City Marathon. Growing up, I would always dread the day of the year when we had to run a mile in gym class. But since I have a history of heart disease in my family, and also knowing the prevalence of heart disease in women generally, I have forced myself to exercise more in recent years. Much to my surprise, I actually enjoyed running! Though 26.2 miles always seemed unreachable, I've decided to push myself to run the race that I have always watched on the streets of New York with such joy.
I am so proud to use my race to raise money for Sapna NYC. Sapna means "dream" in many South Asian languages-- and with this race, I'm runnin' down my own dream.
I am a Sapna board member and a huge supporter of their work with low-income South Asian immigrant women in New York City. While all of their programs are noteworthy, I run this marathon in support of their health-related programs in particular. For example, their APPLE program is a program designed to improve women’s health through improved nutrition and physical activity. In the program, women collaborate to choose tailored strategies for weight loss and develop educational programs on nutrition and weight loss that will benefit family members. See more at sapnanyc.org and see the APPLE video on the left (click past the picture of me, sweaty after a 10k race)
Help me raise $2,620 for Sapna! That's $100 for every mile I run. Thanks for your support and please come out on November 1st to cheer me on!