Ever since my wonderful experience with the CYCLE FOR SURVIVAL benefit for cancer, I have been looking for more ways to give back to my community and contribute to charity. When my friend Kelly contacted me about participating in active Bay area events to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association I was eager to learn more about how I could help her cause. She runs a program called ALZ stars, a group of committed individuals working together to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association by completing the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon. After learning all about this amazing group of endurance athletes and her charity I had to share it with all of you. I encourage you to learn more about how YOU can give back to your world by participating in her program and racing in the Rock and Roll Marathon. Through ALZ Stars you can make a REAL difference in your world…. and that’s a GREAT reason to run.
So lets give a warm welcome to Kelly from the Alzheimer’s Association and learn more about this inspiring way to give back to your community by RUNNING.
Hello Fearless Fitness Community! Caroline has been kind enough to lend me some space to tell you about a new opportunity to get in shape and accomplish your fitness goals in the Bay Area. I’ve been with the Alzheimer’s Association for over a year now, and I have been asked to pilot our new active events program, will you join me?! Challenge yourself to go the distance with ALZ Stars, a program to benefit the education, care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association!
What’s an ALZ Star?
An ALZ Star is a physically active champion fighting against Alzheimer’s disease. The ALZ Stars program is an endurance training program for runners seeking to accomplish their fitness goals while raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. So join us! You’ll find the motivation to train with like minded runners and achieve your 2011 fitness goals as a part of a team racing to end Alzheimer’s! I encourage people of any fitness ability to train with us for the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon on October 2, 2011 in downtown San Jose!
I don’t think there is any better way to stay motivated than to be a part of a team working towards the same goal. When you know that your friends, your colleagues, your coach, your teammates are waiting for you out on the trail, it’s much easier to get up and get moving! Not only will you feel great from getting out there and hitting the pavement with your team, but you will be running to accomplish something even greater than your personal fitness goal: you will be running to help end Alzheimer’s. ALZ Stars meet with their teammates at least twice a month to work on your endurance and have opportunities to train together throughout each week, getting in shape and getting on the MOVE to end Alzheimer’s disease.
The program is at no cost to you, you heard me, it’s free! We even pay your race entry fee. We do ask that you reach a fundraising minimum, but as the manager of the team, it is my job to make sure you reach your goal with ease, and have fun doing it! In return, we offer you a comprehensive training program, complete with long runs led by an experienced coach, access to weekly fun runs (at least one of which will be led by our beloved Caroline!), discounts at local running stores, kick-off and pasta parties, and much more!
5.4 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and as the baby boomers (our parents) age, that numbers will only increase and is projected to reach 16 million by 2050. The time to stand up to Alzheimer’s disease is now!
Reasons to Run
Charlotte, one of our newest ALZ Stars understands what the battle against Alzheimer’s means and the impact of reclaiming the future for millions:
“I really am passionate about running for Alzheimer’s. I do not know any one that has this disease, nor do I know anyone who is a caregiver, but I feel that Alzheimer’s is a disease that gets very little attention and deserves all the help it can get to cure it, care for those who have it, and help those who are affected by it. All my life I have built memories with and for my family. Everything I do, I do to be remembered and loved. I paint, I sculpt, I cook, I sew, I do everything I can to leave a part of myself for others. If I no longer had memories of the people I loved or the things I loved to do, I would feel so lost and empty. I know my family would feel the same. I hate the idea that people are going through my worst nightmare every day. I want to help…I hope by running I can.”
Need more reasons to run?
- To honor a loved one that has been lost.
- To stand-up for a family member that is currently suffering.
- To support family, friends, and other caregivers impacted every day.
- To advocate for greater awareness and attention.
- To raise funds for innovative research and valuable care.
The end of Alzheimer’s starts here… And as an ALZ Star, YOU are a champion.
Kelly – you are SO inspiring to me. THANK YOU for sharing and for all of the work you to to help others battle Alzheimer’s. I am looking forward to seeing you at some of your training events, fundraisers, and running with your group!
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