move. live. give.
move: I have to move. Why? There are as many reasons as we run and walk. I move because I must. I move to stay healthy. I move to forget. I move to remember. I move to be among others who don’t look at me funny when I say, “I’m only doing 18 today.” I move to maintain weight. I move because it feels right. I move to live.
live: I am fortunate. Moving helps me deal with life’s challenges. Yes I have problems, but there is always someone whose problems are worse. Someone I wouldn’t want to trade places with, someone who can’t move, someone who can’t afford new shoes every 4 months, or someone who cares for a terminally ill child. I live to give.
give: I know what MIT gives to me. There are always others who could benefit from my time or money. I know what runners and walkers are capable of giving, if we harness the energy, enthusiasm, and passion on display as we cross each finish line.
Does this sound compelling? Pay it forward. Our running and walking community is a powerful, compassionate community. Imagine what we can accomplish when we harness even a fraction of our power to help transform our community.