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Charity Miler of the Week
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Denise Claycomb runs 13 miles a day for Autism Speaks. A few weekends ago, the Charity Miles team went to her home in Pennsylvania to surprise her, as that weekend she would become the first user to reach 2,000 miles. We couldn’t be prouder of Denise, or more in awe of her efforts to help Autism Speaks. Congrats, Denise!
Huge thanks to Weitz Studios for coming with us and documenting Denise’s big moment.
We often talk about the amazing work that individuals do. From David Weaver’s dedication to Feeding America to Andy Aubin’s 300 lb. weight loss, we can confidently say we work with the most awesome people out there.
But individuals aren’t the only ones who deserve the spotlight. Small efforts made by a committed group of people are just as impactful, which is why we’re excited to introduce the latest Charity Miler of the Week: The Habitat Running Club!
The ladies of the Albany Habitat for Humanity running group got together a few months ago, and have been hard at work ever since. With just four girls running once a week, they’re able to provide more resources for building better homes than they already do in a typical workday.
“It’s a nice way to get out of the office and go exercise,” says Christine Hmiel, a Habitat Running Club regular. And we agree: What better way to clear your head than taking a stroll or jog while raising money for your own company?
While the group usually gets together after work, Christine also likes to get moving during lunch if time allows. “It’s ok because we’re raising another dollar for Habitat. I’m still doing my job,” she says.
The other members are also using the club to their advantage, both at work and outside of it. “As an aspiring runner, the club at Habitat has been wonderful,” says Sara Rising. “It’s great to run with other people that are at a similar skill level and just want to go out there and have some fun.”
Rising also likes the convenience and motivation that comes from having friends at work doing organized runs with her. It not only keeps her accountable, but also makes exercise feel like less of a chore (which is always a plus).
Another fun factor of the runs: Charity Miles! “Using Charity Miles makes it all the more great,” says Rising. “We are able to spend time together, stay healthy and do it all for a great cause — one that we deeply believe in and dedicate our lives to on a daily basis.”
We love that the Habitat Running Club is taking their job to the next level. It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day tasks, but it’s amazing what you can accomplish by taking as little as an hour to do some good — for yourself and for charity.
Every so often we stumble across a story of transform that blows us away. Such is the case with our latest Charity Miler of the Week: Andy Aubin!
According to Andy, he had always been a big guy. “It was just who I was,” he says. “I thought: this is the way it is, and this is the way it was meant to be.”
But it turns out that wasn’t the case.
When Andy had a daughter, his life changed. “It became not about me, and more about her,” he said. And part of that was getting healthy.
“I was at the point where I got winded walking up a flight of steps,” says Andy. He finally decided: “Enough is enough, this ends today.”
Andy knew that a diet overhaul alone wouldn’t do the trick — been there, done that. So he started a Couch to 5k program in tandem with using My Fitness Pal, a calorie and activity tracking app, to monitor his habits.
Small changes here and there led to a huge life overhaul, and in less than a year Andy was not only a runner, he was a good one. While stairs were once his enemy, he now tackles regular races — including half marathons. And he continues to surprise himself with the things (and distances) he can accomplish.
“Running constantly provides surprising results,” says Andy. “A year ago I was 330 lbs. and got winded walking up steps. A year to the day of that, I completed a half marathon. Everything is doable. It’s just a matter of going about it the right way and having faith in yourself.”
“The whole running thing has been for me, and to benefit myself and my family,” says Andy. “With Charity Miles, I can still do that while at the same do something for someone else.”
We applaud Andy for his dedication to his family, his health, and being an all-around awesome guy. Let’s do our Charity Miles in honor of him this weekend. For as he says, “Why would you not take the opportunity to give something back? It doesn’t cost a dime, just your time and energy.”
Calling David Weaver a rock star is no understatement. Since learning about Charity Miles, he’s hit the pavement nearly every day for Feeding America — doing six plus miles a workout, nonetheless.
As CEO of the South Plains Food Bank, it’s no surprise that Weaver is passionate about providing food to communities in need. What is surprising (and admirable) is his sheer dedication using our app, and telling people about it everywhere he goes.
“Charity Miles is an affective tool for talking to my running friends about Feeding America and the food banks,” says Weaver. “It’s a way to create a community within the food bank world, which is fun.”
The longtime runner also likes to use the app as a means of multitasking. “I thought: Well, I’m going to be running, so I might as well do it for something good.”
Good, indeed. Since launch, Weaver has logged over 1,000 miles, which means he’s provided over 2,000 meals to those in need. Even for someone who regularly serves 84,000 people through work alone, that number is quite impressive — and growing every day.
Weaver adds that using Charity Miles isn’t just about aiding the charities in the app. “It’s a way to honor other people,” he says, “and is a reminder of how fortunate we are, because there are people who can’t run.”
So this weekend, let’s make like Weaver and utilize the health we have to honor not only those we love, but also those in need. After all, every mile matters!
And like Weaver suggests, let’s use this opportunity to change our perspective.
“The cool thing about running is I get to see the city in a different way,” he says of his hometown, Lubbock, Texas.
Are you ready for a new view?
It’s common for people to prefer to keep their weekly running mileage to themselves. Whether your distance is too long (no one likes a bragger) or too short (why would I tell you I just ran a mile?), staying mum always feels the safest.
But that changed for Malory when she learned about Charity Miles. “I wanted to tell everyone about it,” she says. And she wasn’t just talking about the app, she was talking the impact she making while using it.
“I like seeing what the miles are going to, and what we’re accomplishing,” says Malory. Wouldn’t you run a little further if you could vaccinate one more kitten? For Malory, the answer is yes.
Since her initial discovery of our awesome app, Malory and the seven other girls of Sneakers and Pearls have been busy training for the Austin half marathon, happening this Sunday. And despite the inevitable setbacks of training during the holidays and grueling winter weather, these girls are ready to kick some butt.
So let’s wish Malory the best of luck this weekend. You’re going to kill it!