Can you imagine running or walking three miles right now? For some, that is simply a stroll in the park. For others that might be a major life hurdle. But now let me ask you this — can you imagine crossing this distance while nine month's pregnant, in labor, and while attempting to obtain medical care for yourself and your soon-to-be-born baby?
According to the nonprofit Every Mother Counts (EMC), a 5K, or three miles is less than the average distance a pregnant woman in the developing world must travel to receive the basic health care she needs to deliver her baby. Holy moley! I was lucky to make it the 100 feet from the parking lot to the hospital!
To raise awareness about this issue, the group has put together a team — led by fashion icon and global maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns — to run the 26.2 miles of the New York City marathon. And they want moms around the world to join them in runs and walks of their own.
Every Mother Counts is inviting supporters of better maternal health everywhere to lace up and join them on Nov. 6 to participate in a 5K run/walk event. You can start your own event, fundraise for one currently underway, or simply tweet and post about the issue to raise awareness and help mothers around the world get better access to health care.
As I already mentioned, I am signed up for my own epic adventure marathon on Saturday, Nov. 12. So you can bet your booty that I will be running at least 5K on Nov. 6. And while I may not be in NYC, I'll be showing my support for Christy and her team on the streets of Luray, Va., as well as online.
The EMC team is running so that other mothers don't have to. Will you join them?