Saturday, March 14, 2009

Long Run & Shoes For Those In Need

One of the great things about running is its incredible connection to charitable causes.  I have always had a particular admiration for those running for charity, whether it be an organization or running club putting on an event to raise money for charity, or individuals testing the limits of their endurence in connection with doing the same. 

So, it was fantastic to meet up with world renouwned ultra runner Alicja Baharona just prior to today's long run and donate old running shoes to be shipped by Alicja to Niger.  Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, with infant and maternal mortality rates among the highest in Africa. Alicja has twice run in Niger, a place she describes as "a beautiful and nice country....2/3 of the country is just sand of the Sahara Desert".  She was approached by the people of Niger and asked to collect running shoes for their athletes, many of whom cannot afford them and have to run bare foot.  As part of the drive to collect running shoes, Alicja organized so-called "skinny 50k" runs this weekend (today at Rockefeller State Park and tomorrow at around the Rockland Lake).  She invited friends to come and join her and, of course, to bring old running shoes.

Me, Wayne, Doug, Kristen, Dot and Steve met up for our own log run, but made sure to bring some shoes to donate.







8 comments:

  1. a good cause. I have 3 pair of old shoes I would donate!

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  2. Sounds like a great cause :-)

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  3. Cool deal with the shoes...

    NF50 is my next race.

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  4. great running with you's today. i like that last photo, huffing it up the hell like that.

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  5. great post. It's amazing how many shoes a runner can acummilate. It still looks really cold there...heck we were complaining these last few days because it dipped into the forty's

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  6. Great cause! And it's so nice to be able to help those less fortunate at such a small cost. It also makes us realize how good we've got it. I hope Alicja sends back a lot of shoes still in good condition.

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  7. So any ideas where we could ship the shoes if we wanted? I've got like 10 pairs in the closet still in good shape. Let me know and I'll see what I can do! Peace!
    Mark

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  8. Alicja is awesome, do say hi to her next time around. We ran quite a lot together back in days, and she always tried to convince me to go wild Sahara places, cold places and alike:) I didn't succumb, but I admire her for doing it.

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