This past Sunday, GBRC staff member, Kristen Gallo, took part in the B.A.A Half Marathon at Franklin Park Zoo. It was a gorgeous day for a run and Kristen was well prepared for the rolling hills after weeks of training. The energy at the starting line was high as the runners listened to Billy Costa count down the minutes until the gun went off. Then, the runners were off, making their way over the starting line and down the first series of hills on the course. The course certainly wasn’t easy as the number of uphill climbs increased in the second half of the race. Fortunately, there were an abundance of spectators watching the race and cheering on their friends and family. Their words of encouragement helped runners stay motivated as they climbed the grueling hills along Jamaica way and whenever Kristen felt her pace slow, she remembered why she was running the race.
As seen in the attached photograph, Kristen wore a Project Purple singlet in the race. Project Purple is a non-profit that brings individuals together through the sport of running in order to raise money to help find a cure for pancreatic cancer and to increase awareness of the life threatening disease. The charity wants people to know that Pancreatic cancer survival rates are in the single digits, it is the 4th largest killer of all the cancers, and one of the least talked about. As people learn about this terrible disease, they will be motivated to help Project Purple in their effort to fund early detection research projects and ultimately to find a cure. Kristen became involved with the Project Purple team this past summer after her grandmother was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Her connection with the cause is strong and she will continue running for the charity into the future so lookout for her in upcoming races and feel free to ask her how you can get involved.