On March 17, 2012 the Rock N Roll Marathon Series came to Washington, DC. The Rock N Roll Race series travels around the country and allows participants to run in either a half- or full marathon. Additionally, the tour goes to parts of Europe as well. Perhaps, what is really interesting about the marathon series is that they partner with various well-known charities, including the ASPCA, St. Jude’s, Lukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Susan G. Komen to name a few. Since 1998, these charities have raised more than $266 million for their causes through the Rock N’ Roll Marathon Series! The race came to Washington this past March, and a few of VIU’s staff members were eager to be involved! Staff members Emily Leighty, Yobi Park, & Prashish Shrestha all participated in the half marathon on the 17th. Here is what they had to say about their experience in running 13.1 miles!
“The race was a great experience. We were lucky enough to be running on a perfect spring day, and the course took us by some of the monuments and other D.C. landmarks. What means the most to me is that I completed something I can really be proud of. When we signed up for the event in October I couldn’t make it one mile – let alone thirteen! This was a test of determination and endurance and dedication. Another special part of it for me was getting to know my co-workers and teammates better. Yobi and Prashish are both talking about doing it again; I haven’t decided yet if I will let them convince me to do the same. There has also been talk of signing up for a full marathon (crazy) or climbing Mount Everest (crazier). I’m hoping these ideas are the result of the adrenaline high.” – Emily Leighty
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