Rachel’s Runners - American River Parkway Half Marathon

I run because I can.
When I get tired, I simply remember those who can’t
And what they would do for this simple gift that I take for granted,
And I run harder for them.
 I know they would do the same for me.

In a combined effort of inspiration from my “fit-finatatic” mother and my dear friend Rachel Gill, years ago I decided to train for my very first half marathon. I devoted my every step to Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance in attempt to raise money and awareness for this rare but dreadful disease.
Rachel was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia over a decade ago, encouraged by her positive and bright spirit I finished my first half marathon. Since then, I have finished 2 half marathons/fundraisers and am now feeling better than ever, ready for my third. Each half has been motivated by Rachel, when I get tired I think of her perfect giggle and run harder for her.
I am proud to say the fundraisers have continuously been more and more successful each year. I decided to take a different route in my fundraising attempts this year and created a team. My team, Rachel’s Runners, consists of almost 20 runners. Each and every runner was asked to help spread the word and educate others about Friedreich’s Ataxia. Our goal was to raise $10,000 and while we are still far from that goal, I am very happy and proud of the number of people we were able to reach as a team and the effort that each runner has put into this cause.
Our race is May 4th, Rachel’s Runners are both very excited and more than prepared to take on this 13.1 miles in honor of Rachel.
If you would like to join or sponsor our team please follow the link below, titled RACHEL’S RUNNERS. Any contributions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advanced for your support.

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