My name is Taylor Newman, I'm a 24 year old ultra runner and Co Founder of The Move for Mind Foundation. On September 16, I'm competing in The Sangre de Cristo 200 Miler to raise money for The Move for Mind Foundation. A 208 mile footrace, this event will take place at 10,000' elevation over the course of 108 hours through the Rocky Mountains in Westcliffe, Colorado.
The story of my start to ultra running, similar to many ultra runners I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, is a dark one . For years, I had struggled with anxiety and depression, and my own inaction led my condition to worsen and ultimately bubble over. In September 2017, a series of events led to a level of depression I hadn’t yet dealt with, and I began to experience severe suicidal thoughts. For weeks, I struggled to fight for my own life while waving off suicide.
During my darkest time, I discovered the world of ultra running, and decided I had nothing to lose. I went for a three mile run through Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and I never looked back. Six months later I ran my first marathon, then 50 miler, then 100 miler. I am incredibly grateful for what running has done for me. I've found peace through running, it saved my life, and I believe it can do that for others.
Who We Are:
The Move for Mind Foundation was founded with the belief that physical health is a key component of mental health, and one cannot exist without the other. The mission of The Move for Mind Foundation is to promote awareness, create an open dialogue, and provide philanthropic support for mental health through community events, programming, and partnerships.
For example, we are currently working to develop and launch our flagship program, Move for Recovery. Through this program, Move for Mind will collaborate with drug and alcohol addiction recovery facilities, businesses, and individuals to bring movement into the lives of those going through drug and alcohol addiction recovery programs.
There is proven science behind the positive effects physical activity has on the mind, and increased access and exposure to movement can lead to a higher success rate for those in recovery programs. Unfortunately, individuals seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addictions are at a disproportionate disadvantage to have access to physical activity due to finances, time, stigma, and a variety of other reasons.
We believe a moving world is a healthy world, and together we can move towards stronger mental health within our communities. Movement can save lives, and we need your help!
How you can help:
Thank you for taking the time to read my story, and I hope you consider donating to The Move for Mind Foundation. Every dollar counts. All the proceeds of this fundraising campaign will allow The Move for Mind Foundation to fulfill its mission, develop innovative programs like Move for Recovery, and improve our communities through movement. In addition to donating, you can further support our cause by sharing this campaign with your friends and family and encouraging them to donate as well.
Co Founder The Move for Mind Foundation