Running to End Domestic Violence–The Final Race

Mariya TaherDecember has arrived and with it the end of my Running to End Domestic Violence Quest campaign. I ran the 6th half marathon on December 2nd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over 40,000 people ran along the Las Vegas strip to finish either the half or full marathon that day. Fluorescent signs lighting up the strip at night sprang forth messages of encouragement and congratulation to the runners. It was an encouraging sight and a wonderful way to end this fundraising quest to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and the survivors of domestic violence the agency serves. The campaign raised around $4,000, which will be matched by our Board Chair, Lija McHuge. That means that with the support of my friends, family, and other community members, we were able to raise $8,000 in the last six months. Wow!

The end of the campaign also means that I have run over seventy-eight miles (not including training runs). There were a few bumps along the way, including spraining my ankle, but all in all, I feel that the Running to End Domestic Violence Quest was successful in not only raising awareness of the services provided by W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in the San Francisco Bay Area, but also to prove to myself that I am strong and capable of reaching any goal I set for myself.

Thank you to all those who have supported me. For those who would still like to contribute, it’s not to late! Click here to DONATE.

If you would like to learn what my journey entailed, check out the video created by our volunteer Amelie Booska by clicking here Running to End Domestic Violence Quest- The Journey

~ Mariya

Check out the other posts about my running adventure:

Running to End Domestic Violence Quest

The Running Campaign!

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego

Running Motivation

One Race to Go!


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