Runners are often lost in the shuffle. In a world of teams and clubs, runners silently cruise on, often with no more than a simple, "On your left," to mark their presence. Yet, no one quite understands motivation in the face of adversity like a runner. It's not glamorous, it's shin splints, side stitches, and piles of sweaty shorts, but runners get the job done day after day.
What keeps you so dedicated, so motivated?
Is it to stay in shape?
To keep your body healthy?
To keep up with your kids?
Because other sports bore you?
Or you just need to relax and escape?
Maybe you're determined to beat diabetes?
Or fend off the ravages of old age?
Or maybe just to push your body and see what you're truly capable of?
Because you're not buying that doctor's prognosis?
Is it because you were told you can't? Or you're not good enough? And you don't take no for an answer?
Or is it what keeps you from that next cigarette?
Maybe it's the only thing in your life you feel like you can control?
Or maybe you pulled a Forrest Gump and just felt like running?
We all have our reasons. One way or another, we all started running and decided to keep going forward. There are times you maybe slowed down, and there were breaks here and there, but the call of running still beckons us to lace up our shoes and go at it one more time.
Our world needs the steadfast determination and grit of runners. In an effort to motivate runners and non-runners alike to never give up, to climb their hills and fight their battles, we want to hear your stories. What is it about running that captivates you? What drives you to dig a little deeper when your legs are screaming at you to quit? What gets you to roll out of bed and hit the pavement? What motivates you? In short, Why do you run?
Let us know simply by filling out the boxes below. If you're selected as featured athlete in our campaign, you'll receive a free Toga Run USA T-shirt as well as 50% off of your registration at the upcoming Toga Run USA 5K of your choice! We need all types of runners and walkers of all ages, shapes, and sizes, so don't be shy. No matter your story, you have a place with Toga Run USA and we can't wait to hear from you!
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