Running 52.4 miles for the Animals!Posted by Mike Stough, ALDF Guest Blogger on June 16, 2015
My name is Mike Stough and at midnight on July 26, I am going to run the San Francisco Marathon… twice. I am going to run one of the toughest marathons in one of the hilliest cities back to back. That’s 52.4 miles!
Why am I taking on this extraordinary challenge? I’m running the San Francisco Marathon twice to raise awareness for animal rights and to benefit the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)—the only national organization dedicated to protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system.
My goal is to raise $10,000 to help fund their lifesaving work. Though I don’t work for ALDF, I’ve seen firsthand the passion this small group of legal professionals have for our non-human friends and the incredible strides they’ve been able to make for animal rights.
For more than 35 years, ALDF has been involved in thousands of legal battles encompassing all aspects of animal rights. Every day, the Animal Legal Defense Fund works to protect animals by:
- Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law.
- Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases.
- Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes.
- Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws.
- Nurturing the future of animal law through Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters and our Animal Law Program.
- Providing public education through seminars, workshops and other outreach efforts.
ALDF is not a large organization with limitless funding from the government, corporations or celebrities. Because of this, they rely heavily on its fellow advocates to help support what they’re doing. One of the most impactful ways we can help is by donating.
Please help me raise $10,000. A tax-deductible donation of any size—$10, $20 or even $100—will help me get closer to my goal and will make a big difference in the lives of animals.
July 26th will be one of the toughest days I’ve ever experienced. It will be about 10 hours of running and I’m sure I’ll have numerous blisters and extremely sore muscles. The challenge of running 52.4 miles in a day will be all worth it knowing that together we were able to contribute a significant amount of money directly to an organization who’s really making a difference for our non-human friends.
I’ve been training for 6 months and I know I can do the run. I also know that working together we can help ALDF be the legal voice for animal victims of cruelty and demand that society hold abusers accountable for their crimes.
I urge you to please make as generous a donation as you can. Your support is vital to helping animals.