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After The Boston Marathon Bombing: How You Can Help

Written on April 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm , by

One week ago, tragedy struck at the Boston Marathon finish line when two bombs exploded and changed the lives of thousands. Through the fear and grief though, is strength in numbers. The fitness community is a tough one, and people are coming out of the woodwork from every part of the world to lend a helping hand. Here, a few of our favorite initiatives:

100 percent of the proceeds from the Boston Strong necklace by Erica Sara Designs will go to The One Fund. (Photo courtesy of Erica Sara Designs)

Boston Strong Necklace, Erica Sara Designs

Featured in our March running guide, Erica Sara Designs delivers high-quality, personalized jewelry for every occasion, but the designer (ahem: Erica) behind the business loves to help those in need whenever she finds a few spare minutes. A runner herself, there’s no way she could sit back and watch the tragedy unfold without figuring out a way to help.

Enter the Boston Strong necklace. For the month of April, 100 percent of the proceeds made from the purchase of this necklace will go directly to The One Fund. Same goes for the Every Mile Counts necklace. Furthermore, The One Fund is now a part of ESD’s awareness program for April, so if you purchase a piece from the Awareness Collection, simply choose The One Fund as your choice of charity, and 20 percent of the net proceeds will be donated at the end of the month. Now’s the time to get that commemorative bling you’ve always wanted.

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A global event started by the blogger behind Pavement Runner, runners from around the world will unite with those in their city tonight to dedicate miles. More than 2,500 participants in 80 cities are already joining the movement, and you should too. The plan is simple: run 1 mile, 5 miles or 26.2 miles – however many you want – “to demonstrate love of the sport and most importantly love for the fallen and the wounded.”

Here in NYC? Meet captain Abby Bales from Run Stronger Every Day in Central Park at Tavern on the Green at 6:30p.m. There will be a walking and running group, and participants are asked to wear a race shirt, bib, or blue and yellow (Boston’s colors). There will also be T-shirts sold for $20, and all proceeds go to The One Fund.

To find out where your city will meet, click here.

Wrap it on your wrist and get moving. (Photo courtesy of Run Now)

Tribute Wristlets, Run Now

Awareness bracelets still catch eyes, and this one sporting Boston’s colors is sure to be an attention-grabber. All proceeds benefit The One Fund, and at $1.99 per wristlet, Run Now hopes to raise $1 million by National Running Day on June 5. Companies like Brooks, Map My Fitness and Run Rock ‘n’ Roll are all a part of the effort. After you buy a bracelet, tweet why running is so important to you using the hashtag #runnow.

Want more reason to keep running? Run Now is also pledging free race entries to 4,500 Boston Marathon participants who were diverted prior to reaching the finish line. Read more

How Your Next Run Could Help Fight Childhood Obesity

Written on September 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm , by

Those miles can do more than boost your endurance. (Photo by Laura Doss)

The numbers paint a clear picture: Nearly one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese, according to Michelle Obama’s health initiative Let’s Move! So it wasn’t surprising when her husband, President Obama, signed a proclamation a few weeks ago that declared September as “Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.”

We have a few too many candles on our birthday cakes to directly impact those statistics, but we can take steps to promote healthy habits to the little ones in our lives (like leading by exercise example and cooking nutritious meals with them). And one new way to help—while fitting in our own workouts—caught our eye. In the case of fighting childhood obesity, yes, there’s an app for that.

The Saucony Run4Good app allows people to support the cause by earning donations for miles run,”says Chris Lindner, Chief Marketing Officer of Saucony. “The GPS-enabled app tracks your mileage. Each month, when a collective predetermined mileage goal is reached, Saucony will double its current donation to selected youth running programs.”

The free app is part of Saucony’s Run For Good Foundation, which was launched in 2006. To date, the foundation has awarded nearly $1 million to over 100 organizations dedicated to getting kids active through running (these include American Diabetes Association chapters, YMCA locations and United Way groups). Monthly leader boards allow users to “challenge friends and join teams that compete together to accumulate mileage toward the monthly goal,” Lindner says.

So the next time your motivation to lace up your sneakers is flagging, think of the benefits of your workout beyond the calories and stress that’s burned off. Your mileage could add up to awesome active opportunities for some youngsters out there.

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Fit Blogger We Love: Mile Posts

Written on May 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm , by

Dorothy, seen here solo, often trains with a triple running stroller.

Dorothy from Mile Posts has had quite a journey, from overweight and unhealthy (“I’d sit on the sidelines”), to a college cross country runner, to now, a mom of three who appears in Saucony commercials—really (see below)! She says she pushes through challenges to teach her kids to keep going when the going gets tough.

Read on for the 3:11 marathoner’s inspiration, her motivating mantra and more.

I’m happiest when I’m: Being active. I love how I feel when I am running and the feeling gets better after it’s over. I chase that runner’s high on every run.

My biggest indulgence: Cupcakes. Just one is never enough.

My fitness mantra: DREAM BIG RUN LONG. It sums up what I do in life and running.

My “I Did It” moment: Crossing the finish line of my first marathon I knew I was forever changed. I knew I wasn’t just a girl who ran once in awhile or who wanted to become a runner. I was a runner and a marathoner at that!

My motivation comes from: My kids. They make every day of my life better. I feel like I have purpose in my life now and feel so blessed to be their mother.

Olympic sport I’d love to try: I’d rather just be an Olympian for a day. Just thinking about how amazing they all are at their individual sports gives me chills. If I could be anyone for a day I’d be Paula Radcliffe and hopefully win the Olympic marathon!

We’re in love with Dorothy’s Pinterest page for running inspiration. Hungry for more? Check out her “Find Your Strong” video below!

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