05 November 2010

Marathoners go the distance for Farm Sanctuary

The Boston Marathon. The California National Marathon. The Chicago Marathon. No matter where they are racing, marathoners across the country are often inspired by a cause that is close to their hearts- and in honor of the upcoming New York City Marathon this Sunday, Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY is highlighting three marathon participants who will be running for those who cannot.

New York City resident Adrianne Prettyman, a first time marathoner who is running for Farm Sanctuary, is thrilled about the support she's received from family and friends, more than quadrupling her initial goal of $300. “Running my first marathon is certainly a ‘bucket list’ experience, and the process has become even more incredible through supporting a worthy cause that's so close to my heart,” says Prettyman. “Raising money to protect farm animals turned those long hours on the treadmill into a labor of love.” She will run the New York City Marathon this Sunday, November 7th.

Hanford, CA resident and vegan firefigher, Cory Kalanick, will also run his first marathon in Las Vegas on December 5th. After visiting the California outpost of Farm Sanctuary, whom he is running for, Kalanick said, "I left there feeling a renewed commitment to veganism and a new commitment to help stop the suffering of farm animals. I chose a marathon as my vessel for spreading the message about Farm Sanctuary because I knew it would garner the attention needed to reach many people in a positive way.” With $500 raised so far, he is halfway to his $1,000 goal.

Vermont residents Joyce Holsten and Catherine Marshall, both vegans and first time marathoners, have signed up for the Keybank Vermont City Marathon on May 29, 2011. “I love everything about Farm Sanctuary,” says Holsten, who sponsors the care of a goose named Yvette at Watkins Glen. “We are talking about setting up a team of runners who also want to help farm animals.”

Farm Sanctuary, founded in 1986, is the nation's leading farm animal protection organization. It strives to investigate and expose abusive farm practices and encourages education and advocacy for farm animals. With shelters in Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA, Farm Sanctuary provides lifelong care to hundreds of rescued farm animals. For more information on their valuable work, visit farmsanctuary.org.

Contributions can be made at http://www.crowdrise.com/racingforfarmanimals (Adrianne Prettyman) and http://www.giveforward.org/the-vegan-firefighter (Cory Kalanick).

Teresa Abbate| @TheFriendlyVeg
Born and raised in NYC, Teresa is a TV producer and the blogger behind TheFriendlyVeg.com, where she believes (like a good Italian girl) that the best way to an omnivore's heart is through their stomach.

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