My first job in San Diego was working for a non-profit that supported families dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease. I was basically an Executive Assistant/Admin. I wrote letters for the CEO, answered phones, processed donations and put out food for board meetings.
Every month, the board members would trickle in for their meeting at around 5, and I’d get out of their way so they could do the important stuff. But one of those board members was not like the rest. She always talked to me even though I was just the lowly admin setting out crackers and cheese. She knew my name and that I was a runner. She knew I had a girlfriend and she even knew her name. She wasn’t just an important board member, she was a real, kind person.
Fast forward about 8 years, and I am still in touch with her. Her name is Amy and she’s a badass marathon runner and an amazing human in so many ways.
In less than two weeks she will be running from Encinitas to Chula Vista to raise money for Planned Parenthood. For those of you outside of San Diego, that is around 40 miles. Yes, 40.
Remember that woman who ran all the way from Harlem to DC for the Women’s March? To refresh your memory, she ran 240 miles and raised $100k for Planned Parenthood along the way, and then everyone asked her, “what’s next?” She knew she had to keep the momentum going so she hand-picked 23 powerful women throughout the country to be Run4AllWomen ambassadors.
Amy is one of them.
When I asked her WHY she decided to take on such a big endeavor, she explained that in the hours following her participation in the local Women’s March, she was struck by an unexpected and overwhelming sadness. “I admire the agitators, but know that my strengths lie in fighting for something I believe in, rather than fighting against something that I don’t” she said.
She has spent months training for this run, recruiting people to run with her, and fundraising for something she passionately believes in — a woman’s right to reproductive healthcare.
Amy has created this incredible one day event that anyone can participate in. Whether you’re only able to run 3 miles or you want to run 20 miles, you can join. And you should!
Here are all of the details for those of you living in Southern CA:
Saturday, August 12th
RUN START (6:30 AM) at Movin Shoes Running Center: 897 S Coast Hwy 101 #103, Encinitas, CA 92024
WALK START (3:45 PM) at Pepper Park: 3299 Tidelands Ave., National City, CA 91950
RUN/WALK FINISH (5:00 PM) at Marina View Park: 900 Marina Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
For those of you outside of San Diego, please consider a donation. Fundraising is hard, as we all know, and running 40 miles on top of that is even harder. The bottom line is every woman deserves affordable and accessible healthcare and Amy is fighting for exactly that.
And we can fight for that too – by making a donation, writing a letter or calling our senators. Let your voice be heard, my fellow women (and the half a dozen men who read this blog).
Amy said she has been astounded by the response of the people in every area of her life who immediately shot up their hands and offered to help. “It’s too easy to forget how kind, generous, and supportive most people really are, and this experience has been a much-needed shot of human kindness.”
Brittany will be out there on August 12th, running 18 miles with Amy. I was planning to run 23 miles with her myself, but I will be in Vancouver running SeaWheeze with Amy in mind. I so wish I could be in two places at once – but alas, I am only human.
You never forget a person who makes an impact on you, no matter how small. In Amy’s 40 years, she has impacted SO many lives (including mine) and she doesn’t seem to be quitting anytime soon.
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