As many of you know by now, I am a big fan/supporter, of the North Shore Animal League, the world's largest no kill animal shelter. This place is great and I really think they do an amazing job helping out animals in need, providing medical treatment, and finding a good home for animals. They have been around since 1944, and saved almost 1 million animals, wow that is a lot in 67 years, then again a lot of abused animals out there, puppy mills, and other places that have animals to be saved from. In 2008 Beth Ostrosky, aka Beth O, ran the NYC Marathon for the North Shore Animal League, and it was called Team Beth O, later renamed to Team Animal League, which has been going since 2008. People with that already have entries, or are looking to get one can run for Team Animal League and raise money for NSAL. If you have an entry already, like me, you need only raise a minimum of $500, but those without an entry need to raise $3000.
A few years ago, when I really set out to do NYC, I wanted to be part of this team, it is something I wanted and was really looking forward to being part of. I believe in the mission of the NSAL, and doing what I can to help them provide the services they do. Also being a vegan this really falls so much in line with my views on animals, and a lot of things I see as my personal value system and beliefs. I really think being part of Team Animal League will keep me even more motivated, as I will be thinking of all those animals as I am running through the 5 boroughs for 26.2 miles, and crossing many a bridge, I might stop off at the Bronx Zoo's Reptile House and see the Egyptian Cobra too, lol, jk. I will be 39 on the day of the Marathon, and it is my first. I really want to go out and do well, but also have a lot of fun doing it. I will be very glad that it is much cooler on November 6th, and the humidity will not really be a factor, unless there is an extended summer, also hoping for no rain on race day, I don't mind cloud cover, but a bit of sun would be nice. I have a goal time in mind, but I still have a bit over 3 months to get ready, so I will see how things go, and hope I can hit that goal.
As I stated earlier I have an entry in the NYC Marathon, which means I need to raise a minimum of $500 for the NSAL and Team Animal League. Though I would love to hit around $2000 or more honestly. So here I am asking you my readers to help me out, and give a donation for this good cause, if you are able, even the minimum of $10 will help, but give what you are able to give. Here is a link to my Team Animal League Donation Page, I have also created a Fan Page on Facebook for my Team Animal League Run, so you can like that as well and follow some info I will post on there as well. Also any reposting of this on facebook, twitter, or any social media network would be greatly appreciated. Any podcasters, bloggers, news reporters, or anyone willing to interview me about this would be awesome too!!! :> Help get the word out as much as possible.
I want to thank everyone in advance who does help with a donation, and remember to keep track of it for your taxes, as it is tax deductible, you can not know how much it truly means to me. Namaste, shanti!!!