Running for Good: Good for the Community and Good for You

This Sunday, get off the couch and hit the pavement. Stretch your legs and support an organization helping people who are facing health challenges.

 If you’re in Maine this Sunday, lace up your running shoes and hit the road for a 5K filled with fun in Brewer or Sanford. Each run will support a nonprofit lending a hand to those in treatment for cancer. Here are the details:

The Purple Iris Foundation will host its 2nd Annual Pound the Pavement 5K FUN Color Run. The race starts at 9:30 at the Brewer Auditorium. Chris Parrish founded the organization after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer: “The Purple Iris Foundation…..It’s my dream. I want to raise money for people who have pancreatic cancer that can’t afford treatment.” ~ Chris Parrish


Grahamtastic Connection hosts its 4th Annual 5K Run & Walk. Registration and packet pickup begin in 8:00 a.m. Leslie Morissette is the founder of this organization to honor her son, Graham, after he lost his life to cancer. Grahamtastic Connection provides laptops, tablets, and internet access to seriously ill children.

Caroline and me at last year's Grahamtastic 5K Run & Walk

Caroline and me at last year’s Grahamtastic 5K Run & Walk

While running or walking in these 5Ks will support the nonprofit community and the people they serve, these 5Ks are also good for participants. Whether it’s your first 5K or your 100th 5K, the exercise you’re getting will help you stay healthy and fend off illness. If it is your first 5K, use this as a benchmark and train throughout the winter months. You’ll be surprised at the progress you can make running three time a week. I was able to participate in last year’s Grahamtastic Connection 5k with my husband, my Goddaughter Caroline, and her mother. It was Caroline’s first 5K; since then, we’ve followed a plan to run three times a week. The results: we’ve run a 5-mile race and a 10-mile race together!

So…support those in need with your registration fees and donations; support your own health by moving those feet!

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About Deb

Deb Nelson, principal of deb nelson consulting, is a creative storyteller. She designs and implements communication plans that leverage strategic partnerships and provide innovative solutions for her clients. You can find her on twitter at @nelliedeb.

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