Give Your Sole's mission is to provide less fortunate men, women and children with moderately worn athletic shoes collected at races.
They have partnered with Allstate Life Insurance to collect moderately used athletic shoes to donate to charity at the Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 Marathon on Sunday, October 7th. All shoes collected in Atlanta will benefit The Gateway Center, an organization that helps homeless individuals in metro Atlanta move into transitional and permanent housing The Gateway Center is one of the largest providers of homeless services in the Southeast.
I was fortunate enough to be able to run this race last year and it is one of my favorite half marathons. It starts at Town Brookhaven and winds through mostly residential areas. I cannot tell a lie, it is a challenging course but as Kelly Clarkson says, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger :) Last year, I made a couple of new friends on the course, one of which was running this as her first half marathon and as part of training for the New York Marathon. I normally am not a "chat with my neighbor for miles and miles" kind of runner but it was pretty special to run with her and see her cross the finish!
If you are running the Allstate Atlanta 13.1 this year, donations will be collected during packet pick up at West Stride (3517 Northside Parkway) on Saturday, September 29th from 10:00 to 6:00 and at the Town Brookhaven LA Fitness on Friday, October 5th from 4 to 8 and October 6th from 10 to 6. If you donate your shoes on race day, you will be given a free pair of flip flops to wear home! What a great way to get those last few miles on your shoes and get some free flips!
Did someone say FREE ENTRY? The generous folks at the Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 have given me a free entry to give to one of my readers! WOO HOO! If you are interested in running the race on Sunday, October 7th, just leave me a comment letting me know and be sure to include your email so I can contact you if you win. Since time is of the essence, I will be drawing a winner at random on Monday, October 1st. The entry is for the ATLANTA race, pass the word if you know of anyone in the area who might be interested...