Team Sharsheret Runs the MORE Half-Marathon
By: Ellen Kleinhaus, Sharsheret Project Manager
When you are training for a half-marathon, why doesn’t anyone tell you that it can rain? And rain it did! This past Sunday, April 26th, Team Sharsheret members Dana Adler, Nikki Sausen, and myself ran, despite a heavy downpour, in the women’s only MORE Half-Marathon through Central Park in New York City. Running with 10,000 other women was truly inspiring. I was also fortunate to have my sister-in-law, Michelle, run alongside me. She was an amazing motivator and didn’t let me quit until we reached the finish line. As we ran, Michelle repeated the same words of encouragement that kept me going, “This run is for you, it’s your run!”
This morning, I reflected on what running with Team Sharsheret meant to me. We ran the half-marathon to raise breast cancer awareness and funds to support Sharsheret’s vital programs for Jewish women and families facing breast cancer. I recognized the parallel between my “coach” Michelle and the support and services we provide to the women and families who call Sharsheret. Just as my “coach” was there for me (especially between mile 10 and 11 when I really wanted to stop and walk!), the Sharsheret staff is there for the women who call for support, for the families who need direction, for the college students educating their peers about breast cancer, and for the healthcare providers who want to learn more about the specific needs of Jewish women. It makes me proud to be a part of both the Team that ran the half-marathon and the Team at Sharsheret.
Congratulations to all of my fellow runners! You are amazing and we did it! Can’t wait to do it again next year!