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Running to Give Back

Posted Oct 06 2013 9:34pm

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Advil®, as a part of the Advil® Relief in Action campaign. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Advil® as a product or its effectiveness.

About a month ago, I agreed to walk 13.1 miles through the streets of Manhattan wearing a bedazzled bra . And I willingly let a major New York City media outlet publish a photo of me in said bra . For someone who does not typically like to draw attention to herself, this was quite a bit out of my comfort zone. However, a night of funny looks and embarrassment for me was well worth it to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

MoonWalkNYC 2013

Runners and athletes’ movement is deeply rooted in their bodies. It’s a part of us. We run when we’re happy. We run when we’re sad. We run when we need to think through something. We run because of the shared community. We run when others can’t.

When we look for ways to show support and to give back to others, we often turn to running. Just witness how the running community came together after the Boston marathon attacks and what we did together to lift each other up, to raise money and to show solidarity.

BostonStrongNYC run BostonStrongNYC – a run for Boston

For me, giving back through service is something that was ingrained in me at a young age and led to a career in the nonprofit sector. However, more than my professional work, running and using my physical strength has been one of the most meaningful and empowering ways that I have to support those in need.

Over the years, I have participated in a number of races – from 5Ks to an Olympic distance triathlon with Team in Training – to support cancer initiatives. My life has been touched too many times by cancer. While I might not be able to make the disease go away or make the pain go away, I can do something by being active and coming together with others to raise money for and awareness of these issues and to support cancer patients, survivors and their families.

NYC Triathlon New York City Triathlon with Team in Training

Running and being an active volunteer is a powerful way to be able to give back – by moving our bodies. And it’s contagious too.

Advil® proudly supports and provides relief to volunteers who don’t let pain get in the way of helping others through its Relief in Action campaign. Here’s what you can do to support active volunteers:

  • Join the conversation by following @ReliefinAction on Twitter  and Instagram .
  • Share photos of how you see Relief in Action on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #ReliefinAction.
  • Visit Relief in Action  to learn more.

How do you see Relief in Action?

  

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