Be a VegRUNner!
As can be seen by The College Greens’ previous posts about triathlons, marathons, and early morning workouts, I am an athlete. And first and foremost, I am a runner. I fell in love with running back in middle school, when cross-country team “distance running” meant one and a half miles. These days, my running takes me a lot further, both in distance and in personal gain. Running is my morning meditation, my release, my mantra. It is my daily dose of fresh air and freedom—my own personal prescription for health and happiness
This summer, my love of running has teamed up with my plant-strong passions and brought me to an awesome organization on the forefront of the plant-based movement: The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, or PCRM for short. I’m here as the VegRUN intern, helping a team to develop and promote a fantastic program for plant-based athletes. The VegRUN program is pretty simple in concept, but don’t let that fool you, the benefits that can be gained through participation are many and massive. Here’s the scoop: Participants pay a $25 sign-up fee, which grants them access to a website where they can find tips, advice, and recipes from the program coaches (seventeen different fitness experts and professional athletes), as well as entrance into an exclusive facebook group where you can meet and interact with the VegRUN team, coaches, and other plant-based athletes. Here, you can find a supportive community where you can share photos, success stories, and challenges, and discuss training with one another.
The program has an amazing line-up of coaches, including Engine 2’s very own Rip Esselstyn (!!!), as well as other plant-based superstars like Brendan Brazier, Rich Roll, Scott Jurek, Matt Frazier, Christine Vardaros, and Robert Cheeke. PCRM’s Director of Nutrition, who is also Board Certified in Sports Dietetics, is also on the VegRUN team, offering “fit facts” and advice to participants.
Whether you’re an experienced runner or just looking to get started, you have a lot to gain from the VegRUN program. Participants can train for any distance or type of race, from 5ks to 50ks and triathlons. However, if you’re doing a half or full marathon, there is the added bonus of free access to Matt Frazier’s No Meat Athlete half marathon and full marathon training roadmaps!
AND—You didn’t think this could get any better, did you? Well lucky you, it does!—as you’re training better than ever and enjoying the amassing benefits of being a VegRUNner, you’ll be supporting PCRM’s lifesaving work!! PCRM is an amazing organization that has made great strides in the plant-based movement and is always continuing to work towards even greater improvements. The founder and president, Dr. Neal Barnard, has written a number of books on the topic of nutrition and health—his most recent publication being Power Foods for the Brain, which explains how to preserve your memory and prevent Alzheimer’s. Funds raised through the VegRUN program will go towards PCRM’s general nutrition work, which includes their Healthy School Lunches Campaign, Food For Life Program, Vegan Kick-start Programs, Hospital and Airport Food Reports, and clinical research relating to the role of nutrition in health. And not only do you support these wonderful projects, but there’s an incentive for you, too! The individual and team who raise the most money will be awarded with a prize basket full of super cool paraphernalia from the VegRUN coaches!!
Is this sounding plant-tastically fantastic?! That’s because it is. Seriously. Whether you already love running or want to give it a try, this is a great opportunity to benefit yourself as well as support a great cause.
Herbie hugs all around! <3
And if you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.