Running for a cause, running for the cure



race-for-the-cureIt’s running season again. Nowadays, I go for family-oriented runs. I have to because I run with my two six-year old boys. Yet, there was a time when I used to run for charity. For a cause.

I used to regularly participate in the Susan Komen Run for the Cure held annually in Frankfurt, Germany. I remember the first time I participated in 2001. The guest of honor was no other than the Kenyan marathon runner Tegla Loroupe. Somewhere along the way, I had to take a break from running due to pregnancy and motherhood but had the chance to run again in 2005. This time the German long jumper Olympic winner Heike Drechsler was the guest of honor. I still have the T-shirt from that event.

Unfortunately, we had to leave Frankfurt and move to Switzerland the following year. And here in Zurich where I now live with my family, there are no cancer-oriented runs. Or maybe there is actually, but I haven’t been looking hard enough.

Anyway, I was sure envious when fellow runner Kate (“SwissKate”) flew back to London a few weeks ago to “Walk the Walk” – the London Moon Walk on May 15.

 Walk the Walk came into being 12 years ago when just 13 women Power Walked the New York City Marathon in their bras to raise money  and awareness for breast cancer. What started out as a one-off fundraising event, has blossomed into a thriving multi-million pound charity, raising to date in excess of £48 million for vital breast cancer causes.

Despite its US origins, Walk the Walk is very popular in the UK. There are basically 2 types of walks, the nightime walk (MoonWalks) and the daytime walk (SunWalk). Here are some of the upcoming walks:

The walkers are also participating in major runner events in Germany and the US:

It’s not that I am a fast runner – I’m not. I simply like running or walking. And running or walking for a cause makes it even better.

So if ever you have the chance to run or walk for a cause, do it. It doesn’t have to be for cancer. It could be a run for the benefit of AIDS or the environment, or any cause that you believe in.

Someday, when my kids are bigger, I’ll do such runs again. Promise.

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