If you’ve been following my little corner of the blogoworld for the past few months, then you know what I’ve been dealing with having #brokeknee. Now that I’ve been officially cleared to run again – can I get an amen – I found it rather ironic timing that I stumbled across this post from Abby over at Back at Square Zero just as I was making a painful, but victorious, return to the pavement. Sometimes I think the runner gods really have their poop together.
One of my favorite things about the running community is the amazing ability to come together when tragedy strikes. The senseless, brutal killings of nine people – in their place of worship no less – touched the hearts of people worldwide. And as always seems to happen when tragedy hits us where it hurts the most, we band together and show hate that it has no place in sports, especially in running.
I have family in Charleston. They’ve only lived there for a short time, but have fallen completely in love with the city, the people, and the charm that encompasses southern hospitality. Their Facebook and Instagram feeds make me want to drop whatever I’m doing, throw the Wonder Mutt in the truck, and hit the road north, if for no other reason than to hang out in Waterfront Park and watch the world go by. And maybe run a few miles while I’m at it.
Which brings me to the point of this particular ramble. Join Abby, and me, and hopefully many, many other running peeps, and become a part of something bigger than yourself. Make your RUNNING something bigger than yourself. If not, then really….what’s the point?
This is such a no-brainer, the Wonder Mutt could even explain it to you. Run nine miles, one for each person who died. Do them all at once, or one at a time, whatever you want. When you’ve done them all, donate $9 to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund. The funds will go to various organizations that were near and dear to the Pastor Pinkney’s heart. Of course, you can always donate whatever your heart tells you to.
Let’s see how much we can flood social media with #RunforCharleston hashtags and help those less fortunate.
Hate tears us apart.
Let running bring us together.
Enjoy the ride.
If you’re looking for donation information, please see below. Once again, thank you to Abby from Back at Square Zero for sharing this information. Be sure to check out her blog!
“The Mother Emanuel Hope Fund has been created to benefit the families of the victims of the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.”
To donate, text “PrayforCharleston” to (843)606-5995,
or go to http://bidr.co/events/prayforcharleston
Donations by check can be mailed to the following address:
Mother Emanuel Hope Fund
C/O City of Charleston
P.O. Box 304
Charleston, SC 29402
Will you run for Charleston?