Running Through the Night: My Double Marathon for the AnimalsPosted by William Rivas-Rivas, ALDF's Director of Development on April 25, 2013
At midnight on June 16th, I will lace up my shoes and brave the hilliest city in the U.S.–San Francisco–to run the San Francisco Marathon…twice. According to The Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Marathon is a race that even marathoners fear! I’ll run the first marathon in reverse–starting at the finish line and ending at the starting line. As soon as I cross the finish line–well, the starting line–I will then run the San Francisco Marathon…again. I had to do something extraordinary to call attention to the millions of animals who suffer and die as a result of animal testing, on factory farms, and for roadside entertainment.
|William training hard before the big run|
Why run two marathons back to back? It’s simple–I’m running the San Francisco Marathon twice to benefit the Animal Legal Defense Fund: the only national organization dedicated to protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system.
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.
Lasting change can only come when the law reflects what most of us already believe to be true–that abusing an animal is wrong.
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 $10,000 goal and will make a big difference in the lives of animals.
June 16th will be the toughest day (and night) I’ve ever experienced. It will be about 11 hours of running, numerous blisters, extremely sore muscles, black toenails, and chafing in some rather painful areas. But my run is nothing in comparison to the plight of animals.
I know I can do it with your support. I also know that working together we can 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 everything we do.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your generous support!