BENEFITING: Chelsea's Light Foundation
EVENT DATE: Jan 15, 2016
The last time I ran a half marathon, was back in 2014. I unfortunately, allowed LIFE get in the way of things & put a halt to my long distance running. This year, I slowly started to get back into the swing of things and even got the courage to sign up for Carlsbad’s Half Marathon. This will be the 3rd time I will be running this course but this time, I will be running with a specific purpose.
February 25, 2017 will mark 7 years since Chelsea King, a 17 year old teenage girl from Poway, CA, went missing. It will be 7 years ago, that she decided to go for a run on a Thursday afternoon and never made it back home. Her body was sadly found 6 days after she went missing. I can remember how her disappearance impacted our community and specifically me. I kept thinking to myself, that could have easily been someone I know…it could have been me.
When the King family announced that they would be organizing a 5K to finish the run their daughter would never get to finish, I knew I had to be there. Since 2010, I have been participating in Finishing Chelsea’s Run and every year, I am filled with emotion. I love how San Diego is such a large city but how it manages to be a close community at the same time. On this day, Balboa Park turns into a garden of sunflowers with runners of all different levels. It brings a smile to my face when I over hear kids encouraging each other at the top of the hill saying things like, “Come on let’s do it for Chelsea!” Every year, I tell myself that I am going to fundraise but again, I have allowed LIFE to get in the way and never actually get to it. This year I decided I would not let LIFE get in the way.
The King family has developed a scholarship program for young Changemakers and I am proud to announce that I will be fundraising for the program while I train for Carlsbad Half Marathon. The race will take place Sunday January 15th but I will be taking donations up until the day of Chelsea’s Race, March 4th, 2017. If you have never participated in this run, I strongly encourage you to do it. I have no doubt that it will easily become a tradition for years to come. Thank you all for your support!