I have a confession: I have never participated in the Broad Street Run. America's largest 10-mile race earned that moniker without me ever having to register for it.
This year, everything changed. And there are two important reasons why I am not only prepared for this Sunday's Broad Street Run, but I am excited for it.
The first reason is my father, Andrew. My dad is an avid runner. He is a three-time finisher of the Boston Marathon, as well as a two-time finisher of the New Jersey Trail Series' 100-mile "Century Run." It is for these reasons, among many others, that my dad is truly a source of inspiration to me. While running 10 miles may be his idea of a warm-up, we are both looking forward to using it as a great way to spend some quality, father-son time together.
And as we work our way down Broad Street, we will be in good company.
Michael McCloskey, an assistant professor of Risk, Insurance, and Healthcare Management at Temple University's Fox School of Business, annually organizes a Broad Street Run team from Temple that continues to grow exponentially—and 2017 is no exception. (The total number of runners on our team this year is around 225, a marked jump from last year's 150.)
Professor McCloskey's team works with Gamma Iota Sigma, a student organization for Temple's risk management program, to raise money and make a difference in our community. To join Professor McCloskey's team, runners must purchase a custom T-shirt. All proceeds from the shirt sale support Gamma's annual Charity of Choice campaign. This year, Gamma is supporting ARTZ Philadelphia, a volunteer organization dedicated to restoring happiness and dignity to victims of Alzheimer's disease and dementia through artwork.
Through shirt sales and other donations, our Broad Street team has contributed $5,700 to ARTZ Philadelphia. This effort helped Gamma achieve its overall fundraising goal of $15,000 this year.
Between my father's encouragement, and the fundraising work of Gamma and Professor McCloskey, I have many reasons to be excited for the Broad Street Run. Perhaps most important of all is the sense of accomplishment that I know will come from finishing the race.