Tonight I wanted to share about an awesome group we stumbled upon a while back called "I Run 4 Michael". The idea is that this wonderful group pairs runners (or any other active varieties) with buddies that may not be able to run due to physical or developmental limitations. The result is a relationship between two complete strangers that fosters encouragement and support. It's a pretty incredible idea. I Run 4 Michael is a non-profit organization founded in January 2013 by Tim Boyle, who was inspired to run for more than health and weight-loss:
“I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can’t run, what they would give to have this simple gift I take for granted, and I run harder for them.”
Curren was matched with a runner (she does runs, but her preferred type of workout is boxing) about 6 months ago. We keep in touch through posts on the I Run 4 facebook page, and support each other through private messages. While we have very different lives, it's really great to connect with someone completely outside of my "village". Sometimes it's really hard to talk about struggles with people you are close with, especially if they can't completely relate. This group is such a nice way to connect with new people and provide an unexpected source of inspiration to everyone involved. We love our boxer, Angi, and her sweet family - and are so grateful for the supportive relationship I Run 4 has created for us.
I Run 4 has become wildly popular, with over 35,000 facebook group members. I checked this week's waiting list, and there are 2,403 runners waiting to be matched with a buddy (how awesome is that!) So as you can imagine, there is a strong need for buddies. For anyone interested (runners or buddies), it's super easy to sign up through an online registration form at the link below. It is such a beautiful group - we love the match we were given, and are so grateful to be a part of this wonderful online community!
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I am a mother, architect, wife, and a lover (not a fighter) - with a thirst for knowledge. My journey been recently refocused, as my family navigates through the world of medical and developmental uncertainty in hopes of providing every opportunity for my son to be his personal best in life.