Needless to say, runners are amazing and caring people, who would literally give you their left arm to help out a fellow runner.
Embracing that spirit, Run.It.Off has began a campaigning to give back to the world, to both runners and non-runners alike.
This December we have started the Scarves from John campaign.
Most people are excited with the change of seasons! After all, its that time of year to pull out their winter coats and warm running accessories. Unfortunately, there are some people that dread the cold change in weather, and the miserable days and nights that are to come. Have you ever gone out for a run with your coat but forget a scarf? Notice how much of a difference a simple piece of material makes? We have, and have decided that no one should be without a scarf!
This December we will be donating our time to making scarfs, with built in pockets for the hands, to donate to some local soup kitchens.
For those that are willing to "love one another as (God) loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:12-13.
We encourage you to DONATE HERE to help bring more scarves to those in need, or to donate your own scarves to your local soup kitchen or church! Be sure to share your story and your sharing, to spread the words and encourage others to follow.
While growing up, the importance of giving back was something my family always stressed. From monetary donations, to donating my time, to just 'donating' a friendly smile. You never know how far a small gesture can go, or how much it can change someone's life!
Even in the racing world, 'donations' of encouragement often go a long way. In all the races I have ran, I have always heard not only the cheers of the crowds, but the encouragement from other runners. I myself have always tried to encourage others as I run too. Despite being out of breath, huffing and puffing as I try to make my way to the finish line, I always try to share some positive encouragement to my fellow runner. Whether it is someone who may be walking, or someone who had to stop to stretch out a cramp, a friendly "You've got this" can give someone the strength they need to finish.
I know I am not the only one who has witnessed this. In larger races, we have all seen, or may have even been, one of those runners that stops to help another runner who may have tripped, or that group of runners that have taken someone literally under their arms, to help them reach the finish line. One story that really hit home this past year, especially after my Chicago Marathon disaster, was posted by @sarahhbrenner (bottom right picture). Sarah tells how she was about to give up in the 2014 NYC marathon. She recalls that she started crying
"...when this man running beside me looked over and saw how upset I was. He yelled "No! No!" as he grabbed my hand.
We ran the final half mile of the race hand-in-hand as he assured me that we were almost there....
This one act of kindness opened my eyes to the fact that my finishing time did not matter. This is the spirit of the marathon.
The camaraderie of finishing together. There is no other sport like ours."
If this story didn't bring a tear to your eye, I don't know what will!