Right off the bat, let me tell you that I’m 2014 #runDONNA Ambassador for the Donna Foundation’s 26.2 with Donna event. I was selected at the end of 2013 and I couldn’t be happier and more honored. I LOVE this organization and fell in love with the race last year while doing my first marathon there in Jacksonville. Yes, even the crazy cold temps of 30s with a wind chill didn’t bring me down about it. The Donna is just an amazing weekend that I think everyone should experience.
That all said, I’d like to personally invite you to come out and #runDONNA with me in February. I know, I know, it’s oh so close now (52 days as I write this post), but you CAN do it! There are so many options to participate that I guarantee that you can make one of them work for you. There is a 5k on February 22nd, so if you just aren’t quite ready yet to jump into longer distance, that might be the right fit for you. On Sunday, the big day there is the full marathon, a half marathon, a team relay and for those that have a longing for going really long, there’s even a ultra distance! Oh, and did I mention that there’s a virtual option in addition to all of those? So, if you already have say, another race on the schedule for that weekend, you can sign up for the half or full marathon and run it back at home (or wherever you desire).
The 26.2 with Donna weekend is like no other running event out there. 100% of your registration and any funds that you raise go to breast cancer research and the survivors. Since its inaugural year in 2008, 26.2 with DONNA has contributed $3.5 million to its beneficiaries. 70% of proceeds go to the Mayo Clinic for bench top breast cancer research and 30% of proceeds go to The Donna Foundation to help breast cancer patients with critical financial needs.
Please consider running or walking in this event next month, you can register online within minutes. If you are not able to do so and would like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can also do so by going here. Thank you in advance and I hope to see many of you on the course on February 23rd!