Inaugural Women’s Running Magazine 5k and Half Marathon benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

St. Petersburg, Fl

The sun opened its eyes over the bay today to 3,859 women (and 182 men) lined up to race for the inaugural Women’s Running Magazine 5k and Half Marathon. Over $1 million was raised in entry fees. A portion of the proceeds of this race went to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, an organization that raises awareness as well as money to fund the research that fights blood cancers.

Lining up at the starting line with all of those women was powerful to me. There is something to be said for physical effort; it is a display of character like no other, completely immune to the falsities and facades of everyday interaction. Running with all of these women and being among those that were sweating and pushing hard at 7:30 a.m. reminded me of the power of mental strength coupled with physical strength.

Congratulations to everyone that ran in the race and those that supported the runners. It was amazing to see so many people pushing the limits of physical boundaries this morning under the Florida sunrise.

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