I Ran a 5K with Miles for Migraine
January 2018 Update: Check out the 2018 Miles for Migraine run and walk series here. Miles for Migraine is headed to the Midwest in April with Chicago's race day on Saturday, April 14th 2018 and Cleveland's race day is the following Saturday, April 21st, 2018.
Miles for Migraine hosted a fundraising event on Saturday, October 7thth in Philadelphia. This was the fourth of five races of the year for this organization whose goal is not only to raise funds for migraine research, but also aims to raise awareness of this debilitating disease. The other four races were held in Phoenix, San Francisco, Chicago and DC.
The race featured a 2 mile walk, a 5K run and a 10K run. The Philadelphia race was the most attended in the eight year history of Miles for Migraine, with almost 500 participants.
Race director, Shirley Kessel, has a specific vision for all Miles for Migraine races. “Our mission is to create a community where people with migraine and headache disease can come together and be in relationship with one another. We want to create conditions so that people will feel supported enough to self-advocate for migraine since it’s such an isolating and stigmatized disease.”
This mission was felt as soon as participants began the sign-in process. The race zone created an immediate sense of community before the main event even began. There was a group yoga session to loosen up participants. Free massages were offered before and after the race. An area was set for people to take selfies with cardboard cut-outs of celebrities throughout the ages who experienced migraine. Marilyn Monroe, Thomas Jefferson, Napolean and Elvis were all present.
When was your last migraine check-up?