Running So One Day They Can TooSeptember 11, 2012 by Victoria Strong
The Santa Barbara International Marathon is TWO MONTHS away. We are super excited -- Gwendolyn is counting down the days. I'm not going to lie though -- I doubt I am going to LOVE every single mile of the Half Marathon I run. 13.1 miles is going to be a challenge for me. But it is easy to move my body, feel my muscles work, even feel pain, when I know Gwendolyn and all of her friends would love the opportunity to run too. It's easy when I think of what a gift it is to breathe on my own -- even while I am huffing and puffing. It's easy when I look down at my NEVER GIVE UP. shirt and think about why I am running.
I'm running for my incredibly brave daughter. I'm running for her amazing little friends. I'm running for the thousands of babies yet to be born with SMA and for the countless lives already lost. I'm running to change this brutal disease.
And I'm not the only one.
On November 10th, Team GSF is taking on the Santa Barbara International Marathon (SBIM) with our NEVER GIVE UP. attitude. We are now up to 70 runners participating in the Relay, Half, and Full Marathon. Runners are coming from all over the country to push their physical strength to its limits for the children whose physical strength is so very challenged. 70 runners! And we are so, so thrilled -- especially because Team GSF is not about us. Team GSF is not about one family or one child. It never has been. No, Team GSF has always been filled with people who support the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation because we have a shared vision of a world without SMA. A mantra that each of us has the power to create CHANGE!
In the SBIM, Team GSF is many families directly affected by SMA. Families who know firsthand how devastating it is to hear, "There is NO treatment. There is NO cure." Families who know how helpless it feels as a parent to watch your child struggle. But this November, we are doing something to positively impact those living with SMA today and help alter the face of the disease for those born with SMA in the future. Team GSF is:
Team Ciara (New York)
Team Getty (California: Sacramento)
Team Gwendolyn (California: Santa Barbara)
Team Hayden (California: Fresno)
Team Lucas (California: Los Angeles)
Team Lucy (California: Palo Alto)
Team Owen Simmons (Massachusetts)
Team Owen Shuler (New York)
Team Taysen (Washington)
Team GSF is mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, grandparents, friends and neighbors, caregivers and social workers, companies and community leaders, a team of sisters, a team of mommy friends, a team of college buddies, first-timers, and elite athletes -- all running so one day those with SMA can too!
We are so excited that the SBIM will be filled with Team GSF runners. And we are honored Santa Barbara is not the only place Team GSF athletes are making a difference. Chicago, Los Angeles, Virginia, New York...
And we are inspired by them all.
Join us! MOVE YOUR BODY SO ONE DAY THEY CAN TOO.
Be part of Team GSF in the Santa Barbara International Marathon, Half Marathon, + Relay this November and join the fun festivities all weekend long. (Sign up HERE.)
Or turn a race near you into a Team GSF event, run solo or rally a group and be part of the positivity. (Click HERE to learn more.)