Kate Bilinski wrote -
I think it is safe to say that 2017 has already brought drastic changes for everyone. I spent the first few weeks bracing for the impact of January 20th. I have spent the subsequent weeks flinching at every news alert and marching every Saturday to preserve the rights of Americans. And still things seem to be unraveling faster than I can keep track. (And certainly faster than I can learn to crochet my pink protest hat.)
So the question lingers, as a 28-year-old audio engineer, what else can I do?
Running is what I do. It’s a source of comfort for me. Maybe it’s just the one time that I know that my effort will ultimately mean I’m moving forward. (Albeit sometimes very slowly.)
Now I want to use it to protect the world I know and love. Maybe move it forward, very slowly.
On May 20th, 2017, I will be running the AirBnB Brooklyn Half Marathon in an effort to raise money and awareness for The Union of Concerned Scientists. The UCS is a group of scientists and engineers who are combatting global warming, as well as preparing for the consequences. They having been working to expand healthy food access and advance sustainable agriculture. They even work to ensure nuclear safety. The list goes on and on. They are pretty dang cool. See for yourself here!
I am afraid our environment has been one of many things already endangered by this new administration with the confirmation of Scott Pruitt and renewed construction of DAPL. Denial of climate change and further destruction of fragile habitats will have a permanent effect on our earth that cannot be reversed in four years. We cannot just ride this out.
So back to the actual race part...
Here’s what I’m doing:
I will be starting my 12 weeks of training on February 27th. This will be my 6th half marathon since 2011. Training includes about 4 or 5 days of running per week including one Long Run and one strength training day. When I’m not running, I will be working on raising awareness for UCS.
Here’s what I would love for you to do:
Help the Union of Concerned Scientists combat global warming, develop methods of sustainable agriculture, and reduce the threat of of nuclear war!
I’m asking you to donate one dollar for each mile I complete. That’s $13.10. That’s it. It’s a “bring your lunch to work twice this week” request (or once if you live in NYC like me).
I am aiming for $655.00, which would basically be like one person in every state contributing $13.10 to protect the planet.
Of course, this is not meant to put anyone in a tough spot. Any amount you can contribute is welcome. 100% of the money raised will go directly to the Union of Concerned Scientists, which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization so your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.
And then maybe eat pizza with me after I cross the finish line in Coney Island.
And now that we all have our assignments. RESIST.