Most of us run for ourselves...for our health. Some might dedicate a run or race to a particular loved one.
Have you ever considered running for a complete stranger?
A while back ago, I ran across this site called WhoIRun4. It matches runners with a child or young adult that may be struggling with a disability or disease.
"The mental and emotional encouragement for both runner and honorary runner is proving to be a whole new level of motivation and awareness. Runners are able to find a whole new sense of purpose in their running while sharing who they are running for and bringing awareness to diseases and disabilities of all types."
The runners & families connect through the IRUN4 Facebook page. The runners dedicate runs & races to the child. The runner & the child's family will post pictures and encouraging words. From what I've viewed, everyone seems to form a special bond.
I have been on the waiting list for about 6 weeks or more. I am patiently waiting to be matched with my "little buddy".
If you want to be an inspiration to someone & touch their life in a special way, I encourage you to sign up.
If you are a parent of a special needs child or know of someone who is, I ask that you consider joining. We runners want to run for your child!
Check out what USA Today has to say about WhoIRun4 HERE.