We have a lot of amazing marathoners who are running The San Francisco Marathon for a cause. Check out the story below and find out how you can do good with your run.

Simone Hasenbein – Davis, CA

Running For: Animal Place

 

My husband and I are running the San Francisco Marathon for Animal Place, a sanctuary for farmed animals in Grass Valley, CA. We’ve been volunteering at Animal Place for about a year and have learned so much during that time. Not just about the animals, but most importantly about what makes us better people in this world.

10711356735_7c77ef255e_bThe people at Animal Place work tirelessly to put into action the ideals of universal compassion for non-humans and humans alike. They are one of the most consistent, honest and amazing people I’ve ever met and I’m incredibly thankful for having them in my life. Watching chickens, pigs, cows, goats recover after being rescued from cruelty cases or any other imaginable place makes you appreciate life. It makes you realize that we all can make such a big difference in somebody’s life, no matter what, and that we all are capable of so much more than we might think.

Running a marathon seems like the least we can give in return. My last marathon in 2013 (also in SF) was very painful due to a knee injury, but since I was raising funds for this wonderful sanctuary, it literally made me go the extra mile all the way to the finish line. I knew I can’t drop out since I made a commitment and I wanted to stick with it. Crossing the finish line knowing that I just finished my very first marathon despite all this pain because of Animal Place, was THE best feeling ever! So why not just do it again, making a difference for ourselves and for somebody’s life. San Francisco, here we come!

 

 If you’d like to support a cause when you run, check out TSFM’s Charity Page and learn how you can run for good.