I’ve done it! I officially signed up for my first half marathon. In an attempt to push myself a bit further with my running I’ve added the Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half on September 15th to my race calendar. And just as I did for the Pasadena Triathlon in March, I’m hoping to raise $750 for another animal sanctuary.
This time around the recipient is the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. I can’t tell you how wonderful this place and its staff are. Located in upstate New York, they’re home to eleven species (about 250–350 animals in total) of farmed animals they’ve rescued from lives of neglect and cruelty. And I’m telling you, if you visit there and meet wonderful residents like Scott the pig or Ollie the goat, (Check out the photos on this page from my past visit) your heart will melt and you’ll want to support this amazing cause. In addition to saving these animals the sanctuary advocates the plant-based lifestyle through offering cooking courses—they just launched their first cookbook—speaking engagements, and even a program for new vegans called the New Leaf Vegan Mentoring, in which I’m very proud to say I’m a mentor.
So you can see, Catskill Animal Sanctuary is doing a lot of good in the world, both for farmed animals and for humans alike. I believe in and support their work so wholeheartedly that I’m going to run this half-marathon on their behalf. I’ll be putting in a lot of training miles on the pavement between now and September 15th (I also have tune-up races in my hometown of York, PA, and at Atlantic City Vegfest), but all the suffering I’m about to do is nothing close to what most animals in a factory farm situation have to endure. And if not for places like Catskill Animal Sanctuary and their contemporaries, there would be a lot more pain in the world. They’re doing amazing work to save lives and I’m proud to work on their behalf. If you’d like to help me—and help the animals—please consider donating. Thank you!