Born Free USA Blog
During the last several weeks I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to many of our supporters. We’ve always thanked each and every person who donates to Born Free USA with a letter or note but this time we wanted to take it a step further and personally thank many of our new donors with a call.
I finished the St. George (Utah) Marathon on October 3 in 3:45:19. I qualified for Boston 2010, finished with a faster time than my last four marathons, and ran the first negative split (second half faster than the first) of my life. And to top it off, I felt great! In the last couple miles, letting gravity help me clock some 7:15-7:30 pace on the welcome downhills, it really helped to visualize the monkeys at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, and to picture the friends who supported my run at St. George by contributing to Born Free USA. You know who you are — and you are heroes to me and to the animals.
Today it was announced that the first case of Swine Flu was found in a pig in the United States. The poor little piggy victim was an entry at the Minnesota State Fair.
Like most of us, I love a good cause ... especially when it’s related to animal welfare and protection.
Admittedly, I also like to shop. But I’m a careful shopper. I’m an animal-friendly shopper. I am an environmentally sensitive shopper. And I love to find a great deal! But what I love even more, is when I have an opportunity to combine all of these things like I do this weekend when Sedona Spa presents its Shop for a Cause.
Today (October 15) is Blog Action Day for Climate Change, where bloggers around the world unite to talk about Global Climate Change — arguably the most important environmental issue we now face.
National Parks — America’s Best Idea, the anxiously-awaited series by filmmaker Ken Burns, is currently airing on public television. It’s been a fabulous series. From Yosemite to the Everglades, the beauty and inspiration these magnificent places afford is difficult to put into words. You must experience them!
In the era of reality TV shows — which I have to readily admit that I have watched my fair share of these (some of which I am rather embarrassed to admit to) — The Learning Channel (TLC) has sunk to an all time low with its new show My Monkey Baby.
It feels like finishing the Shiprock Marathon in New Mexico was just a few weeks ago ... five months have flown fast. In four days, I’ll be in Utah, running the St. George Marathon. This will be my 15th marathon overall and my fourth marathon in support of Born Free USA’s work for wildlife.