I was talking to my friend and trainer Christopher Lane, and he told me about the 10K happening in Brooklyn. At first I was skeptical, but then I was told I could be a part of Team ASPCA, and that sealed the deal.
Three years ago, on June 13, to be exact, I adopted Clementine from a shelter in Atlanta. Clementine is some kind of doodle. We aren't exactly sure. My friends call her a floppity muppet. I call her the best decision I have ever made. So I'm running for the ASPCA to spread the word that adoption is an amazing option, and it’s personally enriched my life beyond words.
Training for race has been slow and steady. Christopher knows that I get overwhelmed when thinking about the full six miles. He set a slow and easy training plan for me to follow. I started by just run/walking 10 minutes down the road, then turning around and running 10 minutes home. I did this for the first couple of weeks, I progressed to 15 min each way, and then 20. I eventually felt comfortable running for a full hour. I like to train outside, but if I'm forced to run on a treadmill, I like to break it up. I run 10 minute intervals, then walk some and run 10 again.
For me, it's not about competition. It's not about speed. It's about getting out there, getting my body moving, and being a part of a great cause. So, just to be clear, I won't be winning the 10K, but I will finish! If I can share with everyone what a blessing adopting my sweet Clementine has been, it will all be worth it.
Want to come join us in sunny Florida this winter? It’s not too late to run or walk with us to raise money for homeless, abused and injured animals—and on top of the satisfaction of making a real impact on animals’ lives, Team ASPCA participants will receive:
Guaranteed race entry into the Walt Disney World race of your choice.
Marathon or Half Marathon training from professional coaches.
Weekend travel accommodations, including roundtrip airfare to Orlando and hotel accommodations.
Official Team ASPCA merchandise, including a Team ASPCA singlet, Team ASPCA training shirt and much more!
Access to Team ASPCA events such as our team kickoff event, pre- and post-event celebrations, invitation to our exclusive Coaches Breakfast and entry into the private Team ASPCA tent at the finish line.
Plus, to help you reach your goal, a personal online fundraising page and guidance from Team ASPCA Alumni and professional fundraisers!
The entire event weekend (all races!) is 100% sold out, so new participants can join only as members of a charity team like Team ASPCA. We are hosting online information meetings through October 16—visit teamaspca.org to learn more, and get active for a great cause!
We can feel it in the air—spring is just around the corner! What’s a better way to celebrate the return of warm weather than to lace up your running shoes and hit the trail for some fresh air? Whether you prefer to run, walk or ride your bike, there’s a unique way you can put your time outdoors to good use—join Team ASPCA!
Presented by Subaru, Team ASPCA is a national endurance training and fundraising program dedicated to helping animal lovers walk, run or cycle toward helping the save animal lives nationwide. Team ASPCA members participate in major endurance events such as marathons, half-marathons, and cycling events.
In addition to helping us do our life-saving work for animals, there are other benefits to joining the Team. You’ll receive professional training, weekend travel accommodations at the time of the event, guaranteed race entry, official Team ASPCA gear and access to exclusive race weekend events and parties.
The Los Angeles Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon is finally here, and Team ASPCA will be there in full force! If you’re in the area, definitely come cheer us on. You’ll know us by our bright orange singlets and smiling faces.
The ASPCA loves our presenting sponsor, Subaru (it’s a major pet adoption advocate), and Subaru loves us right back. The folks at Subaru are showing it with some cool stuff at the race, including the Subaru XV Crosstrek RUFFest Lap at the Subaru Love a Pet tent—run a mini-lap and Subaru donates $1 to local animal welfare groups—and the post-race Team ASPCA Bark Park, featuring our favorite thing: pet adoptions.
Guest blog by Larry the Dog, Team ASPCA’s canine ambassador and anti-puppy mill crusader
Hey, Larry the dog here. When we last spoke I had just announced my decision to join Team ASPCA at the Los Angeles Rock N Roll Half Marathon to help bring an end to puppy mills. I want to raise awareness about this cruel industry, and I know that supporting the ASPCA is one of the best ways to help! And let’s be honest: I’ve been going a little heavy on the kibble and could stand to lose a few pounds. It’s okay, you can say it. I know it’s true.
The race in sunny LA is just a few weeks away, and it’s time to kick my training into high gear. Apparently you’re not supposed to run 13.1 miles by relying only on the training provided by playing fetch. I needed to find a place not only to keep my training going, but also to help spread awareness about the sad reality of puppy mills. Living in New York, there was only one place I could think of to run…Times Square! It wasn’t easy. There were a lot of people competing for attention. But I think by the end day I got my point across and got in some great training. See for yourself:
And, don’t forget, one of the best ways you can help me is by supporting me as a member of Team ASPCA. You can also help me raise awareness from now until race day by using the hashtag #seeLarryrun on Twitter.