Running Through the Night: My Double Marathon for the Animals

Posted 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 $100will help me get closer to my $10,000 goal and will make a big difference in the lives of animals.

Donate now!

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.

Can you contribute to my effort?

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your generous support!

6 thoughts on “Running Through the Night: My Double Marathon for the Animals

  1. Shefali says:

    God bless you for what you are doing.

    I totally hate the factory farms. While, for health reasons, I am not a vegetarian, my husband and I only get our eggs, milk and meat from a local farm where the animals are treated humanely. We visit the farm 2-3 times a year and we have seen that they treat the animals well. The chickens have a safe coop plus a large area to roam in – in the spring they peck among the wildflowers and they seem really happy. The cows and their calves are kept together until the calves are weaned, instead of being separated after only 24 hours, like they are in factory farms. They are pastured and have abundant fields to roam in. We could not continue to buy our food from factory farms. They are so cruel to the animals. We also believe in adopting animals from rescue organizations or the shelter.

    Animals have feelings and it’s wrong to torture them. If we are kind to them, we will be blessed.

  2. Eileen says:

    You go William! I did this course last year and I commend you for your bravery and your cause. I will donate. And you just inspired me … I might just do this same race next year! Thanks!

  3. L. Muller says:

    Good for you! I wish you lots of luck too.

  4. Nikki Schoessow says:

    WOW is all I can say I cant even handle driving on that bridge let alone marathoning backwards and forwards are you practicing??? God Bless You for all you are doing for the animals. I am posting on Facebook to try and get you more donations and asking everyone to do the same. You are an amazing leader please have someone video or something to post. You need to contact the TED events when you are done to share with the world what it means to be an Animal Rights activist and make history at the same time.

  5. Nadia doe says:

    I wish we did this on the east coast!

  6. Nicole says:

    William > Awesome

    So inspired by you and your passion for the cause. Wishing you the best of luck. Run hard, finish strong!

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