On February 14, 2016, many of you will be getting ready for Valentine’s Day, making last minute reservations, or possibly treating yourself to a spa day. However, many individuals will be waking up before the crack of dawn getting ready to run for a great cause.
The Austin Marathon has been around for 25 years and the half marathon for 13 years. The philanthropy program of the Austin Marathon/Half Marathon, Austin Gives Miles, is striving to raise $250,000 for 25 local and national non-profits this year.
Individuals can choose to run the marathon or the half marathon with either a charity team or solely for themselves. Every participant will receive “runner swag” which includes a finisher medal upon crossing the finish line and a commemorative bag.
Susan G. Komen Austin® is a partnered non-profit of Austin Gives Miles and our goal of $10,000 wouldn’t be a possibility without our amazing Komen Austin team who each have a story behind the steps they take toward the finish line.
Through their touching stories and enthusiasm to reach their individual donation goals for Komen Austin, Lee Shidlofsy, Amanda Davila and Rachel Sullivan are already exemplifying amazing support for Komen Austin by joining our team of runners.
Update: As of 10:51 a.m. February 10, Lee Shidlofsy has raised $1,500! We congratulate you on reaching your goal. Thank you for all the support Lee.
Lee has raised $1,391.10 for Komen Austin and his goal is $1,500. Lee is running in support of loved ones, Nancy and Beth.
Amanda has raised $220.94 for Komen Austin and has a goal of $700. Amanda is running in support of her mother who is 6 years breast cancer free as of this month.
Rachel, previous Komen Austin intern, is running in support of her mother who will be 6 years breast cancer free by December. Rachel is asking for donations toward Susan G. Komen for her birthday instead of gifts. Help her reach her goal of $300.
We have asked them a few questions to spotlight their amazing stories behind the reason they will be waking up before 5 a.m. to run for Susan G. Komen Austin.
1. Is this your first half marathon or marathon? If so, how long have you been training?
Lee: I did the 3M half a couple of weeks ago. That was my first half marathon. I took up running in September.
Amanda: This is my very first half marathon! I’ve been training for 22 weeks for this race, and it’s been 22 weeks worthwhile!
Rachel: This will be my second half marathon. I ran the Austin Half-Marathon for the first time in 2013 and had a great time.
2. What will be your motivation to help you cross the finish line?
Lee: In the past few years, I have had several people in my life that were diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, they are breast cancer survivors.
Amanda: When I feel myself lagging, I remind myself that as a nurse I take care of people day in and day out who aren’t physically able to walk much less run. I run for them and I’m lucky enough to wake up in the morning and have that option and that pushes me that extra mile!
Rachel: My father passed away from liver cancer and my mom is a breast cancer survivor. I run because I enjoy it, and I love the Austin Half-Marathon because it’s a beautiful course. However, when I get tired or turn the corner to run up the hill on Enfield, I’m definitely thinking of both of them, and I’m driven by their struggles as well as the dream that some day cancer won’t be such a scary word.
3. You’re running to support Komen Austin in the Austin Marathon/Half-Marathon. Can you tell us why you chose to run for us?
Lee: All those that are fighting the fight every day and the belief that every dollar brings us a step closer to a cure.
Amanda: When I was 15, my mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. The Susan G. Komen® Chapter of West Palm graciously provided her with the funds to have her very first treatment, and I strongly believe that if it weren’t for their help, we would not be where we are today. My mom is thankfully 6 years cancer free now and [I’m] so excited to run a race on her behalf!
Rachel: Komen Austin is close to my heart not only because of my experience as an intern, but because of the work they do to support women as they battle breast cancer and the investment they make in finding a cure. When my mom was going through chemotherapy, Komen volunteers would frequently be present at the treatment centers handing out knitted hats for all of the patients. Kindness and compassion like that, shown at all levels of Komen Austin, make me a lifetime supporter.
4. On the day of the run, will you be wearing a specific article of clothing to set you apart from the other runners?
Amanda: I’ll be wearing my special Under Armour running leggings that are sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the cure.
Rachel: To be honest, I’m not sure what I’ll be wearing yet! All I care about is crossing the finish line and immediately eating a cheeseburger.
Come out and support your Komen Austin team on February 14, 2016! Volunteer to cheer on and replenish the runners at Aid Station #3 of the Austin Marathon/Half Marathon or donate to help us reach our goal of $10,000.