The Run for Peace Virtual Marathon established specifically to support children affected by the Boston marathon attacks; the One Step Ahead Foundation to be the beneficiary that will provide patients with prosthetics and support
April 24, 2013 – Jenny Hadfield, renown running and fitness expert, adventure-preneur, author, editor and coach has launched the 2013 Run for Peace Marathon to support those affected by the Boston Marathon attacks. While many corporations and runners have stepped up to support Boston, Hadfield wanted to focus specifically on the children affected, especially those who endured severe lower limb injuries and lost limbs. Together with her advisory board, Hadfield selected the One Step Ahead Foundation, founded by ultra athlete and amputee Amy Palmiero-Winters, as the beneficiary for The Peace Virtual Marathon.
“I was deeply affected by those involved in the Boston attacks and it was a priority for me to find a way to give back,” said Hadfield. “While I’m happy to know that many of my friends and colleagues are safe, I am heartbroken by those that remain in the hospital and still have a long road ahead of them. I couldn’t think of a better charity partner than one that could empower these victims with the ability to walk or run again.”
The Peace Virtual Marathon commences on April 29th and will run through May 31st, 2013. Supporters will be asked to run or walk a total of 26.2 miles over that period of time, be it through several short training runs or walks, or all at once. Registration is a minimum of $15 and prizes will be awarded for the best photos and most creative ways to honor Boston while accomplishing the 26.2 distance. Those who donate $50 or more will receive a limited edition Peace Marathon running hat.
“I am thankful for Jenny and her team, and their efforts to support individuals who have suffered limb loss as that hits home with me personally,” said Amy Palmiero-Winters, ultra athlete, amputee and Founder of One Step Ahead. “We have learned that at least four children have lost limbs in the attacks and prosthetics can ben very expensive for children, more so than adults, because they need to be replaced almost every year, as their bodies and bones are still growing. Despite the cost, it’s imperative to keep these kids active so that their self-esteem and self-confidence remain strong through camaraderie and accomplishing goals. For me and the foundation, athletics is an integral part of this.”
Supporting Jenny with the 2013 Peace Marathon is an advisory board of elite athletes, media and industry executives that will be announced next week. To learn more or raise funds and support the Boston Marathon victims, visit: http://www.ThePeaceMarathon.com You can also follow the event on Twitter via @jennyhadfield or #runforpeace.
About Jenny Hadfield
Jenny Hadfield is a running and fitness expert and adventure-preneur who inspires every day mortals to run their best lives and earn beautiful views. She touches over a million readers that span the globe in her newsletters, blogs, column and videos, and hosts active adventures for like-minded people in bucket list destinations all over the world. Jenny is a published author of two books, Running for Mortals and Marathoning for Mortals and writes for RunnersWorld.com and Women’s Running Magazine. She’s been featured in Women’sHealth, Prevention, Health, Cooking Light, Outside, Forbes, Fitness, The Chicago Tribune, and Good Morning America – Health. For more info on Jenny, visit: https://www.jennyhadfield.com
About One Step Ahead Foundation:
The One Step Ahead Foundation was started on the principle that participation in athletics provides opportunities for children to grow and learn through hard work, teamwork and dealing with losses. Some things learned through sports can help children with physical disabilities build self-esteem and self-confidence. http://www.onestepaheadfoundation.org