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Yesterday we highlighted an impromptu memorial marathon. Today in Phoenix, Arizona over 19,000 people hit the streets for the P.F. Changs Rock n’ Roll Marathon + ½ Marathon. Many individuals in the race were there to honor the memory of a loved one. None of them were there to win, but merely to run or walk and most importantly finish. The images below are a small representation of the countless tributes.
Team Gigi walked in style
Running for fallen soldiers
Team in Training… runnning for her mother-in-law
Team-in-Training is a national organization that raises money for the Leukemia + Lymphoma Society and has its participants run in memory or honor of someone who is battling or has lost their battle with the disease. Another great thing about the organization is that it can prepare someone of any athletic ability to run or walk in an race that at time of registration seemed impossible. Races like this are intimidating… especially to non-runners… but they have a mentorship program that not only physically prepares people but emotionally helps them deal with grief.
Thank you for being a part of the launch week for the blog. Pleas check back this coming week for more stories, resources, and highlights about how art can play an important role in the grief process.