The race was especially difficult because of the day's warm temperatures and mega-hills but I gave it all I had!!
The story behind the race:
The inspiration for my first Run For The Critters was born from a sense of gratitude. When my mother passed away in February, 2010 after a long slow "dwindling away", I worked out my feelings of grief and loss by running on our country roads.
As I was out running one morning, a month or so after mom passed away, I was suddenly bowled over by a strong sense of gratitude!
I was grateful that I could still run at age 51, that I could run in such beautiful countryside, I felt grateful for many things. I wanted to give back somehow. Then an idea hit me: I'd run for the critters! I could set a goal of running a six-mile race while raising money for animal charity. That is exactly what I did.
My children cheer me on and congratulate me after the race.
In September 2010 I raced in the George Coope Memorial Road Run in Adams Mass. I won 2nd place in my class, but felt I won even before I began the race with $1500 raised for animal charity!
I was so inspired and empowered by the success of my first Run For The Critters that I did it again.
In 2011, I ran two more races and raised $1641. Sunday May 27th I ran a 10K in Lenox, Mass. and raised $1350 for the animals!
Thank you for Helping me help them!
Where The Money Goes:
I am again be supporting these two outstanding charities: Old Dog Haven and FieldHaven Feline Rescue for the Fourth Run For The Critters! I'll let about a week pass, (allowing for more donations) then divide the money raised between these charities.