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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Volunteering for a good cause

DSCF5173 Last weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, I volunteered in the American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation booth at the Family Expo. Not only did I learn a lot about DetermiNation, but I also had a little fun doing something for a good cause.

DetermiNation trains athletes for marathons and half marathons for free by partnering with Get Fit Atlanta. More specifically, according to their website, “The DetermiNation program is the American Cancer Society’s nation of athletes determined to end cancer.” DetermiNation covers participants’ entry fees and the participants commit to raising a minimum of $1,000 for the ACS.

DSCF5176 As I listened to Karen Krause (pictured here), the Endurance Events Project Manager, talk to different individuals who walked up to the table I began to consider whether this is something I want to do. The reason I volunteered – besides the fact that I received an email about it – is because I like to participate in different things and help out when I can. The reason to walk/run a half marathon or marathon is a little more complicated than that.

If I decide to do it then it’d be tricking myself, so to speak, into working out. But, on a larger level, it would give me an immense satisfaction to do something for someone else. It’s not doing it because I or someone in my family has been affected by it. It’s doing it because it’s important. Because so many people suffer and fight because of cancer.

I’ve never done anything close to a marathon – hopping along in a walkathon when I was about 8 years old doesn’t count even though my best friend and I received certificates for being the youngest walkers to finish. Karen assured me that I didn’t have to run, but I can walk/run. It’s a little intimidating – doing the Atlanta Half Marathon in November – and that is the main reason I haven’t officially signed up yet.

Realistically I need to stop dragging my feet because time is winding down. Have you ever run or walk in a marathon? If so, tell me about your experiences – both positive and negative.

For more information about the American Cancer Society and DetermiNation, visit the following websites and

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