Lace Up Your Sneakers to Raise Money and Awareness

This video shows me and my friends during a Miles for Migraine event in San Francisco in July. Last year I completed my first 5K (a goal I’ve had for many years) during the Philadelphia race. This year, I had been fairly sick with migraine attacks leading up to San Francisco. I decided to listen to my body and not attempt the 5K. Instead, I ran the 2-mile course that is intended for walkers. I finished and am proud that I still did it.

More races ahead

Miles for Migraine and Runnin’ for Research are two fundraising and awareness organizations focused on helping the headache, migraine and cluster disease communities. On Oct 7th and Oct 15th, both organizations will be holding multiple events all over the country. If you can’t attend, there are virtual options for you to participate in your community.

Running or walking long distances can be difficult for many of us. However, showing up in large groups to support an event can continue to help break the stigma. If you can’t participate in the race or walk portions of the events, your presence alone shows a unified community. Even just liking and sharing their Facebook and Twitter accounts will help show others that we are a strong group of people who are actively working to advance the science and dialogue surrounding these diseases.

How you can get involved

Are you interested in forming a race group, fundraising or volunteering? Here are the rest of the races planned in 2017. Bring a friend with you or ask someone to run on your behalf. It’s an amazing experience just to be there and meet others who truly understand what you are going through. If we don’t advocate for ourselves, we can’t expect someone else to do it for us! I hope to see you there!


Who: Miles for Migraine, Runnin’ for Research & Clusterbusters
Where: Any location, it’s a Virtual event!
Distance: As short or as far as you feel up to!
Time: Whenever is convenient for you on Saturday, October 7, 2017!


Philadelphia, PA

Who: Miles for Migraine
Where: Philadelphia, PA
Distance: 2 Mile Walk, 5K run, 10K run
Time: 8:30AM EST on Saturday, October 7, 2017


Morgantown, WV

Who: Runnin’ for Research
Where: Morgantown, WV
Distance: 5K walk or run
Time: 9:30AM EST on Saturday, October 7, 2017


Denver, CO

Who: Runnin’ for Research
Where: Denver, CO
Distance: 5K walk or run
Time: 9:00AM MST on Saturday, October 7, 2017


Who: Miles for Migraine
Where: Washington, DC
Distance: 5K run or 1-mile walk
Time: 7:45AM EST on Sunday, October 15, 2017


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