Saturday, March 14, 2009
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.
Posted by TonyP at 2:47 PM