My name is “J.”
Peaking up from where I am eating my lunch, I watch as one of my students repeatedly asks other students for anything they don’t want to eat. His persistence pays off, and one little girl hands him her oranges. Another boy gives him half of a sandwich. I turn my head away, as we aren’t allowed to let students give away food.
J is a good kid. He wears the same hoodie everyday, but it’s clean-looking. His grades are excellent, and I see potential in those twinkling, almond-colored eyes. He’s curious, well-liked, a leader to his classmates. Always respectful, he enjoys challenging me. Most of the time I have the answers. Sometimes I do not, which he knows will land him a “research” essay, in which he’ll find the answer, and share it with me.
J is just one of many children that know all to well the meaning of hunger and learned resourcefulness. My students know I will go to the moon and back to help them when I can, and I’ve privately been able to assist several families, thanks to generous friends, family, and people who’ve never met me in person or my students, but who believe in what I do and who believe in the potential of my students. People who look past the unkempt hair, shirts stained after being worn 3-4 days at a time, pants held up by pins because the buttons are broken. People believe in my students. They see their smiles, hear their giggles. Their desire to keep on pushing and to come to school everyday…why? because they LOVE being at school! “I feel safe here, Mrs. Rivera,” a student replied, when I asked her why she wanted to stay at school instead of going home for the weekend (She missed her bus on purpose that Friday.). For that, I thank you. You know who you are.
Throughout the United States, 1 in 6 children go hungry and don’t know from where or when they’ll find their next meal. In Atlanta, that number goes up to 1 in 4. J is part of that one out of four statistic and just one of the many children in my classroom who are in the same position. If I could help them all, I would, which is where Run10Feed10, sponsored by Women’s Health magazine, comes in.
Run10Feed10 takes running to a whole new level! Run10Feed10 donates meals to help feed hungry children throughout the United States. The benefiting organization is the FEED Foundation, and the runner registration fee ($28) for the Run10Feed10 event goes DIRECTLY towards funding 10 meals in the event’s home city.
We all run, and this is your chance to have your run mean something, something more than tempo, intervals, hills. By joining a Run10Feed10 event, you are running to bring awareness to and raise meals for children who struggle with hunger on a daily basis, who when school is out, may only receive one meal a day. For some, they may even skip days.
How can I help?
You can help in several ways, and each one is just as impactful as the other.
1) Register to run a Women’s Health Run10Feed10 race, fun run, or run 10k on your own!
Whether you want to race, join a large organized group for a fun run, or run 10k on your own, all of these options allow you to donate 10 meals when you register. For those in the Atlanta area, I am in the process of organizing the first ever Women’s Health Run10Feed10 fun run. It will take place on October 5th at 8 a.m. at Big Peach Kennesaw, who has graciously offered up their support in more ways than one!
Cool! How do I register? Click here to “Run Your Own 10k.” Then, complete the form AND use code WHRIVERA (10% Run Your Own 10k or $5 off a race) when registering for the Run10Feed10 fun run, as that is how we are tracking the registered entrants for the Kennesaw, GA location. Also, all registered entrants, who use that code, will receive extra goodies in their limited-edition, woven race bags.
Not in the area? That’s O.K. Feel free to register for the “Run Your Own 10k” on your own, using the same code, and you’ll still be able to help out and receive a goody bag.
2) Donate to the Run10Feed10 Fundraiser on Crowdrise.
Your donation is BOTH tax-deductible AND goes to funding additional meals. When donating, please mention “Action Hero Tonya Isabel Rivera” in the comments section. Not only is this how Women’s Health is tracking donations, but I also want to be able to thank you personally.
Throughout the month of July, every $10 raised equals a pie in my face! My running buds have graciously offered to smear them on my face and film it. The resulting footage will be placed on YouTube, linked to my blog and to my Facebook page.
3) Join my fundraising team. Want to help a wider scale? Join our team. We have some awesome socials planned throughout the next few months and training runs. We’d love to have ya on board! Be sure to let them know I sent you.
2012 Run10Feed10 woven race bags!
Where can I find out more about Run10Feed10 Atlanta?
The nitty-gritty is laid out on the Facebook event page, Women’s Health Run10Feed10 Atlanta Fun run. By next Monday, I’ll roll out another post related specifically to the Atlanta fun run, being held at Big Peach Kennesaw. Here’s just a few details in an easier-to-read format.
Date: October 5th
Time: 8 a.m.
Where: Big Peach Kennesaw
What: A 10kish fun run with a mix of pavement and easy trails holding scenic views of Kennesaw Mountain and the surrounding area. There are a few, very gently rolling hills. There will be an aid station, complete with hydration and running snacks, at approximately the 2.5-2.75 mile marker,which you will pass by again around mile 3.75-4. Once you near the last .5 miles, you’ll be treated to a downhill finish through the Ridenour neighborhood.
Registration: $28 here. Use code WHRIVERA (10% Run Your Own 10k or $5 off a race) when registering, so we can track how many bags we need to order. The deadline to register is September 1st, 2013.
Goody Bags: Your goody bag is a limited-edition, Women’s Health Run10Feed woven bag. Inside, you’ll find several samples, treats, and other goodies.
Post-Race: Stick around for great music and socialize with those running for a great cause just like you! There will be runner foods and drinks to cool-off with, and raffles/giveaways!
Look for Monday’s post for more information about the fun run at Big Peach Kennesaw! Register for your spot today!
2013-2014 Women’s Health Action Hero
***If you’re looking to become one of the sponsors for the Women’s Health Run10Feed10 event, feel free to reach out, and I will get back to you promptly. ***
I do not receive monetary compensation for posts related to Women’s Health Run10Feed10. I am the event organizer of the Women’s Health Run10Feed10 Atlanta FUN Run. I fundraise for Run10Feed10, which benefits the Feed Foundation, on Crowdrise. I represent Women’s Health magazine as a 2013 Women’s Health Action Hero.