“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” ~ Confucius
Archive for the ‘Making Strides’ Category
Monday, October 28th, 2013
Thursday, October 10th, 2013
Even though I am STILL furloughed from my job as a research Fellow at the CDC, my advocacy and fundraising work never stops. I finally sent out my #Run4Results fundraising letters and they have worked like gangbusters – I’m less than $170 away from reaching my goal with two and half weeks still to go before the Atlanta Marathon 10 Miler. I’ve also been easing back into training following the AllState 13.1 Half Marathon this past weekend. And I am starting to put some pieces in place for the future, including a few fun announcements!
1. I have started a team for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Atlanta Walk!
The Making Strides walk is on October 26th (the day before the 10 Miler!) and will take place at Centennial Olympic Park. Because I am still working on my #Run4Results fundraiser, I won’t be actively fundraising for this walk (although you can donate here if you are so inclined). Instead, I want to encourage as many people as possible to join my team and walk with me. It is $25 to register (or $35 on race day), with all of the money going to fund ACS’s breast cancer initiatives. It’s also only a walk, and a relatively short one at that – no running involved. My team is currently named “3 Day Tweeps” although I may change it once I see who will be walking with me. Clicking on the icon below will bring you to my team page where you can find all of the information about the event and sign up!
Click on the image above to join my team!
2. I have a new role on the Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure planning committee!
Because I will almost definitely be out of town the weekend of the Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure (May 10th, 2014!), I won’t be able to serve as Safety Chair again this year. Instead, I will be taking on a MUCH bigger role that is entirely pre-race: I’m going to be serving as the Participant Recruitment/Teams Chair! After seeing the numbers that we had turn out for our race last year compared to what other (smaller) cities were turning out, the staff at Komen Atlanta (including the new Executive Director Cati Stone) and the members of the Race planning committee realized that we can and should be seeing much, much higher participation levels. One of the main things that I realized during my stint on the committee last year was that one area where we could do much better was in recruiting more participation from other runners here in Atlanta. I also feel like we need to do more outreach to both the Komen Atlanta grantee organizations and to the local participants in the Breast Cancer 3 Day. So I took some of my ideas to Cati (a fellow runner and 3 Day walker), who was already looking to shake things up around our Race for next year. It turns out that she was already thinking of many of the same types of activities that I was to try to drive up our registration levels, both for teams and for individuals. So starting later this winter, and big time next spring, I will be hustling my butt all over Atlanta to get as many people as possible to take part in our Race. I am a little intimidated to actually find myself in a position to put my money where my mouth is (so to speak… ), but I’m even more excited about it. Our Race has been good in the past. This year, we’re going to make it GREAT.
3. I am going to be one of the inaugural Ambassadors for the Atlanta Track Club!
In a stroke of fortuitous timing, after I got home from meeting with Cati at the Komen Atlanta offices earlier this week, I found a wonderful email sitting in my inbox inviting me (and about 40 other people) to be part of the Atlanta Track Club‘s inaugural Ambassadors program. With as much volunteering and yammering on about them as I do, this position is a natural fit for me. I’ll be receiving some communications training and promotional materials to distribute and will be representing the ATC at approximately 4-6 race expos, health fairs, group runs, and similar events over the course of next year (the program will be starting in January). Seeings as I was already looking to do more outreach to the running community in Atlanta through my new Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure position, this Ambassador program is an AWESOME opportunity. I’ll be building connections through my ATC work that I can then use in my Komen Atlanta work – all the while promoting TWO fabulous organizations that I feel passionately about. WIN-WIN!
So that’s some of what I’ve been working on during my work furlough. As I’m sure you can tell, I’m downright GIDDY over these opportunities. But, before I can really dive into Race recruiting and promoting ATC, I need to keep my eyes on my first priority – meeting my #Run4Results fundraising goals and preparing for the Atlanta Marathon 10-Miler. Coming up in the next few days will be a three part series of posts on my final preparations for the AllState 13.1 Half Marathon and my race recap as well as a few posts about the great work of the American Cancer Society. I’ll also be posting some information about the upcoming Atlanta 3 Day for those that will be here in town and maybe even a hint about MY 3 Day plans for next year. For now though, if you would like to support me in my #Run4Results fundraiser, you can do so by clicking on the DetermiNation image below. Thanks for all your support!!
Please click on the image above to visit my fundraising page and make your donation!
Friday, October 5th, 2012
It is officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means there are pink events taking place all over the country. One of the biggest series of breast cancer awareness/fundraising events in the country is the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks. The first Making Strides walk step off this Saturday morning and they will continue every weekend throughout October. These walks raise a ton of money for the American Cancer Society and its breast cancer specific programs, which I think we can all agree is definitely a cause worth supporting!
About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Making Strides was started in 1984 by Massachusetts cancer survivor Margery Gould Rath, who wanted a way to celebrate her fellow survivors and to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Her first event, which Margery dubbed a “move-along-a-thon”, was held in Boston and featured 200 participants. The Boston Making Strides event continued to grow and in 1993, it was formally rebranded as the “American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”. Since then, more than 8 million walkers have taken part in Making Strides walks all over the country, raising more than $460 million dollars in the process.
Per their website, the funds raised by Making Strides are used by the American Cancer Society to fight breast cancer on four fronts:
- Helping people to stay well by taking steps to reduce their personal risk for breast cancer and getting the appropriate screening in order to catch breast cancer in its earliest stages when it is most treatable.
- Helping people fighting breast cancer today to get well by providing free information and services including transportation, lodging, wigs, support programs, financial assistance and more.
- Helping to find cures for breast cancer by investing in cutting edge cancer research.
- Fighting for all women through the ACS CAN Advocacy program that is working to ensure that all women have access to mammograms and to encourage lawmakers to pass laws related to the fight against breast cancer.
Each Making Strides walk ranges in distance from 3 to 5 miles and is generally free to take part in (some local events may have a nominal registration fee to cover costs). There are no fundraising minimums, and even those who can’t afford to make a donation to ACS are encouraged to come out and show their support for the Making Strides effort by taking part in these walks. And you can register even on the morning of the event, which means that there’s still time for you to get involved, even for the walks this weekend. So, given all of that, if you live in one of the cities hosting a walk, you pretty much have no excuses left for not at least trying to take part!
About the Atlanta Making Strides Events
This year, there will be not just one, but TWO Making Strides walks here in the Atlanta area:
- Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Atlanta: This event is a 3.1 mile walk that will take place at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta on October 6th. Registration opens on the day of the event at 7:30am, or, if you’d prefer not to wait, you can register now online here. The walk itself starts at 9am. There is no registration fee for this event, so Atlanta friends, you better get out there and walk!
- Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Marietta: This event is a 3.1 mile run/walk that will take place at Glover Park on the Square in Marietta, GA on October 27th. Registration opens on the day of the event at 7am or, again, you can register now online here. This run/walk starts at 8am. It is free to register to walk this event and costs $25 if you plan to run.
Not only is this the first year that I can remember there being two Atlanta-area Making Strides events, but it’s also the first time that the event hasn’t conflicted with the Atlanta 3-Day for the Cure. I’ve always wanted to take part in a Making Strides race, but I’ve either been out walking or cheering on my fellow walkers at the 3 Day that weekend and couldn’t do both. I can’t make it to the Atlanta walk this weekend because of a family wedding (congrats Robyn and Colin!), but I’m going to try my hardest to make it up to the Marietta walk. Heck, maybe I’ll even run it. Who’s interested in joining me?
Of course, Making Strides walks aren’t just happening in Atlanta. There are also events in and around Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York/New Jersey, and San Diego, all during the month of October. Just click your city name of choice and you’ll been taking to a list of events for each region. You can also find general information about Making Strides on their main website, here, and on their FAQ page, here.
Much like the Race for the Cure events that Komen for the Cure puts on, I think Making Strides is an ideal event for all levels of breast cancer advocates. Whether this is your first pink walk or just a short breather in between your countless marathons and multi-day walks, this event is a chance to meet fellow advocates, support a great cause, and get some exercise in the process. And, with no registration fees, there’s no financial pressure to donate more than you’re comfortable giving. Really, what do you have to lose?