JOIN ME! The 12th Annual MORE Magazine/FITNESS Magazine Women’s Half-Marathon #iRun #Fit2BMe

smc_raceOh my!  I think I may have just signed up for my first 1/2 marathon!!!!  If you’ve been following along, you know I started a 1/2 marathon training program right after finishing my #MiracleMarathon for the Children’s Miracle Network.  I actually did my very first official race this past Thanksgiving, a 5-mile Turkey Trot.  It was an amazing experience and one that I definitely enjoyed, not just because I ran it with one of my best friends and writer, Ellie Beatus but that I learned so much from the experience. It was tough.  Despite running 5-miles several times during my training, running a completely new and un-chartered course was an experience.  I was not prepared for the giant hill I encountered at mile 3 but I conquered it!  I finished feeling like I just might be able to do a 1/2 marathon!

The 12th Annual MORE Magazine/FITNESS Magazine Women’s Half-Marathon is on April 19th, 2015 right in my backyard, NYC’s beautiful Central Park.  This race, one of the largest women’s-only half-marathons in the country, brings together thousands of women of all ages and backgrounds for a day of fun, fitness and camaraderie and sounds like the perfect 1st 1/2 marathon race for me.

You know me, I love supporting charities whenever I can, and if it helps to motivate me as well, it’s a WIN/WIN!  For the first time, the 12th annual race will raise awareness of the impact of climate change and the importance of sustainability. This year’s Women Run the World™ program will honor women whose work focuses on addressing climate change policy and improving the environment.

MoreFitHalf_LogoCARE, a leading humanitarian organization that empowers women and girls around the world, is the official charitable partner. MORE and FITNESSinvite all half-marathon participants to donate to CARE, with benefits from the MORE Magazine/FITNESS Magazine Women’s Half-Marathon helping CARE support women and their families, including  support coping with the impact of climate change and reducing their vulnerability to the risk of disasters. More information about CARE’s climate change efforts is available at http://www.care.org/work/world-hunger/climate-change.

“Climate change affects women and children around the world and creates challenges to their very survival,” says MORE Editor-in-Chief, Lesley Jane Seymour. “What better way to show how women support each other in every country than to dedicate this race to this important issue.”

The 13.1-mile race is open to women runners and walkers of all ages. Registration is accepted online at www.morefitnesshalf.nyrr.org. To enhance the race-day experience, the size of the event will be capped at 10,000 runners, so participants are encouraged to register early.

On race day, supporters and spectators can cheer on the runners and also visit the Race Day Festival to enjoy live music, free samples, fun activities and more. There will be an Awards Ceremony following the race celebrating the runners, hosts and Women Run the World honorees.  Would I be delusional if I would like to win?  Maybe, but it’s motivating me!