Run For A Reason!

 Did you know that running is good for your health and for your local shelter? At least, it is if you register with us!

 The 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon is set for May 6, 2012. The Pittsburgh Marathon includes multiple subsets and racing options for runners, from the 26-mile marathon run, to a half-marathon that’s 13 miles long, to a children’s course, and so forth.

 Not only is this an annual event locals look forward to – but, as always, runners also have the option of making a difference in their community by running for a local charity during the marathon. Charities that runners may race for include cancer research organizations, Team Livestrong, Urban Impact – and the Western PA Humane Society.

 This will be our second year of participation in the Pittsburgh Marathon. Our charity runners from last year raised $23,675 for the animals in need in our facilities. Now we’re looking for runners for this year’s marathon! We only ask that all runners raise a minimum amount of funding for the animals at our shelters by March 15th, 2012. As a runner, you’re raising funds that help us provide care and shelter to more than 13,000 animals that come through our doors every year.

 The fundraising goals are as follows: 

Join The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society Team!

     Marathon – $500 
     Half Marathon – $500
     Marathon Relay – $500 per Relay Member
     5K – $300
     Children’s Marathon – $50

 Once you reach half of the fundraising goal stated above for your particular event, the Western PA Humane Society will officially register you with the Pittsburgh Marathon using a charity-specific code that helps track your involvement with our charity. You will NOT need to register yourself with the Pittsburgh Marathon!

 (In the event you have already registered for the marathon but would like to run for the Western PA Humane Society, it is still possible to raise funds for our animal welfare organization. Please contact Sarah Shively at (412)321-4625 ext. 244) sarah.shively@wpahumane.org

 Everyone who registers will receive:

-An official running jersey from the Western PA Humane Society to let everyone know why you’re running and why our cause is important to you

-A personal fundraising page to help reach your fundraising goal

-Membership to the Steel City Roadrunners Running Club
Online Social Media Outlets
-Western PA Humane Society marathon newsletters

 Plus, in addition to doing some good for the Western PA Humane Society, the top fundraisers for our shelter will also receive gift cards to the mall at Robinson!

 By the way: you don’t have to be a long-time runner to participate in this event. One of my very own journalism professors, who never dreamed she would be able to do such a thing, trained for last years marathon and surprised even herself as she realized how much she actually enjoyed running. 

 However, if you still don’t want to run, you can participate as a Virtual Runner and help fundraise for the shelter. You can still make a difference in the lives of our shelter inhabitants!

 Now that you information about all of the ways you can help, please act soon to do so.  Our Goal Is $50,000!

by Larissa Gula

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