If you’re a Chester County local looking for a healthy way to start your Thanksgiving morning, join me for the Turkey Trot! I’m excited to run this race for a lot of reasons, but the biggest one is that this will be my first race. This race promises to be a quick challenge and is hugely popular in the area. There will be family-friendly activities and the loop layout allows for easy viewing by your supporters.
At first, I decided the race was a perfect fit for me because of timing. I just started running using an 8 week “couch-to-5k” program that will conveniently wrap up right around race day. The fall in PA is absolutely beautiful, so it makes waking up each morning to run a treat. Even on rainy days, I’m still eager to tie my shoes and head out the door for those tranquil early moments.
After doing some research, I found out that the race is benefitting a wonderful cause called Cure4Cam. It is a charity that seeks to improve the standards of care for young cancer patients by funding clinical studies and research grants that attack cancer on a cellular level and allow for a more humane treatment plan. This poignent message is from their website:
Today, standard therapies for children with cancer involve highly toxic and damaging treatments that cause painful and embarrassing side-effects, force separation from families and friends, have devastating short and long-term psychological impact, and produce permanent health issues. These unfavorable effects are not well known in the general population and, ultimately, many of these children do not survive. We believe in a future in which cancer treatment for children will be gentler and more effective.
I’ve always believed that giving time, not just money, to a cause is the greatest way to participate and I’m thankful that this race is going to bring together hundreds of people who are eager to support it.
Click here to sign up for the race.
Start: Thursday, November 22, 2012 @ 8:00 AM
Downingtown West High School
445 Manor Ave Downingtown, PA
I received a free entry to the race in exchange for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.