Saturday, October 19, 2013

26.2 With Donna The Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer

It is October! Fall is here and the leaves are starting to change, the weather is cooling down, marathon season has started, and notably it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I am sure by now you have seen many people around you rocking their pink ribbons in support of ending breast cancer. If you've been following along with me on my journey, you know that cancer is one cause that I go up for very hard. Cancer has claimed the lives of many friends and members of my family...and quite frankly I am sick of it.

A few months ago, my good friend Marcia (who blogs at Travel Run Eat!) asked me to run a marathon with her. But this wasn't just any marathon. This was one of the premiere fundraising marathons in Florida. She asked me to run with her during the 2014 26.2 with Donna Marathon to End Breast Cancer! I immediately agreed to take on the task of running through Jacksonville Florida with my friend. But as I began to research this amazing marathon, I learned so many things.

The marathon itself is named after the lovely Donna Deegan, who is a three-time cancer survivor! Donna has founded both the 26.2 with Donna marathon, as well as The Donna Foundation which is a non-profit organization that raises funds exclusively for those on the First Coast living with breast cancer. The 26.2 with Donna marathon is the only marathon in the United States that is solely dedicated to fundraising to finish breast cancer. What that means is...get ready for this because this is awesome...100% of raised funds and race proceeds for ALL 26.2 with Donna events are distributed to breast cancer research and care! Proceeds are donated to The Mayo Clinic and the Donna Foundation which helps provide temporary assistance to both men and women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer! The Donna also offers a half marathon distance as well.

So, The Donna is more than just a's an event for change! The race takes place in Jacksonville, Florida and has some amazing coastal views including 2 1/2 miles of hard packed sand for you to experience, tailgating in the yards from the excited neighbors cheering you on, not to mention the world-class course support you will receive. From what I understand, The Donna is a Jacksonville staple and the entire community comes out to support this annual event.

I understand you may be eager or interested to run this race, but just don't think it is possible to fly to Florida in February, right? That's why I am here. This year, The Donna is offering a virtual race option! You have the opportunity to run, raise some funds, and earn the same beautiful sun-catching medal. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Virtual Donna, and I encourage you to sign up! It is for an amazing cause, and you'll earn some high-quality beautiful bling on your time on your terms :) What are you waiting for? Let's get ready to FINISH BREAST CANCER with Donna!

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