Running for Their LivesPosted by on September 5, 2013
Join Team Animal League in this year’s 2013 NYC Marathon and help save homeless animals
When I used to watch the NYC Marathon every year, I found myself in awe of all the runners who participated. I often said to myself, “I wonder what could get me to put in the time and effort to run the NYC Marathon?”
Once the words were out of my mouth, I knew the answer: I’d lace up in heartbeat to raise money for my favorite organization in the world, North Shore Animal League America, for which I proudly serve as spokesperson.
As 2008 rolled around, I’d made up my mind. Even though I was a novice marathoner, I was honored to be named Captain of “Team Go Beth O,” a devoted group of animal-loving runners who also were participating in the Marathon to help raise funds to support Animal League America. Twenty runners, some first timers and some veterans of the race, joined me in this worthwhile effort, and they were all an inspiration to me. They all shared my passion for saving animals; almost all had furry family members themselves, although only one was the proud “parent” of 13 cats, five horses, five cows, six sheep, and a goat!
For many months, I trained my heart out, and after sweating buckets and enduring my fair share of blisters and muscle spasms, Marathon Day finally arrived. Running the NYC marathon was truly one of the most magical moments of my life. The image of all of those innocent dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in need of rescue kept me pushing ahead. I was running for their lives.
The experience of crossing the finish line on November 2nd, 2008 is truly etched in my memory forever. Howard and his daughter Ashley were waiting for me with open arms, and I will never forget the moment when I spotted their beaming faces and realized I’d succeeded! And my time wasn’t exactly embarrassing! 4 hours and 15 minutes...
But the real thrill was in knowing that all my hard work resulted in over $300,000 going to support Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. All proceeds went toward saving the lives of animals from puppy mills, from overcrowded municipal shelters, from natural disasters, or from other dangerous circumstances where they had little hope for survival.
Although I am devoted to Animal League America’s mission as much as ever, my busy schedule has kept me being part of what is now called Team Animal League in the following years. But, although my feet won’t be hitting the pavement with this year’s runners, my spirit and all my love will be with them as they put one foot in front of another, hour after hour, as they run to save animals’ lives.
And a special shout out to my friend, Tom Zukowski, who is running the upcoming Hartford Marathon for Animal League America’s Bianca’s Furry Friends!!! Good luck, runners! You are my heroes!!
P.S. Even if you’re not a runner, you can still support Team Animal League by sponsoring a runner! Click here to find out how.