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Relay for Life 2014

Let me just start this off by saying that Relay for Life is one of my favorite events at Augustana! There are so many people that come together for such a great cause and it’s a great place to see Greek group unity!

Last year at Relay I walked somewhere around 13 miles, mostly in an effort to stay awake after a long night, but also because I just like to walk. This year, just a few short months before Relay, my Uncle Phil was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Due to that, I decided that I was going to dedicate my Relay this year to him, and everyone else in my life who has been touched by cancer. I set my fundraising goal at $500 and made a promise to myself that I was going to walk 15 miles.

A lot of people doubted me, whether they thought I wasn’t going to raise the money or that I wouldn’t walk 15 miles; on Friday night I proved them wrong! I walked 15 miles (the first 9 miles barefoot until I got terrible turf burn on my feet), did some pretty intense Zumba for half an hour, and reached my goal of $500. Oh and did I mention that I did all that walking and Zumba-ing in less than 8 hours while also taking breaks to eat, stay hydrated and donate to other groups fundraisers? No? Well I did and it felt great. Needless to say, I had a great time at Relay 2014!

Now, don’t get me wrong, walking 9 miles barefoot and then an additional 6 miles on the Pepsico track was not easy. I definitely was limping by the end, and all day Saturday… But it felt great to know that I contributed to something bigger than myself and to know that I was able to make a difference in someone’s life.

Relay for Life

How I kept track of my miles. Eight times around the track is one time, so each grouping is eight laps!

2 Responses to “Relay for Life 2014”

  1. Good job! Hope you can do it again next year.

  2. This is a great story! Glad you could participate in the event!

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