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A Running Blog by a Non-Runner

This post is by Lara Collazo, development manager of Team Up with Autism Speaks. Team Up is your opportunity to compete in endurance events while raising money for Autism Speaks. Visit the Team Up site to learn more.

RUN is defined as to go quickly by moving the legs more rapidly than at a walk and in such a manner that for an instant in each step all or both feet are off the ground.

This is not something that most do with ease. I for one have yet to find the enjoyment in running, but why do I run? I am inspired by Team Up with Autism Speaks participants. They give of their time to make a better life for everyone. They train before work, after work, in darkness and in sunlight. They train to make a difference with every step they take and every mile they endure. Most are affected by autism directly, whether it is a son, daughter, grandchild, niece, etc. They strive to further the science and awareness so there can be answers. I have no direct connection to autism except thru the work I do at Autism Speaks, managing the Team Up program and getting to know the participants. I endure every aching mile because if running a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or marathon is something I need to do for them I will do it. If it wasn't for the participants I would not be running and working to make life better for all that live with autism spectrum disorders. With that I ask you to give of your time to train and fundraise to join one of 3 amazing teams Autism Speaks has that are raising awareness and funds to support the mission. Together we can raise over $1m with something as simple as running.

To learn more and to join one of our teams click the appropriate link! 
NYC MARATHON - November 4, 2012
ilson Bridge Half Marathon - October 7, 2012

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