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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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  • Maureen
    2 years ago

    Last year, 5 family members joined me at the Philly Miles for Migraine. This year, we’ve decided to take our migraine awareness walk “down the shore” on our family vacation. Besides the six of us, I hope to have a few more join in, and I’ll be walking the 10k as part of my training for a half marathon I’ll be walking in November. This is a long tome goal I’ve had. With the jump start of last year’s Miles for Migraine coinciding with a diagnosis of prediabetes, and a great friend who has been training with me, it’s happening! And I’m feeling really good. I wish happy heads and a walk in the park (or somewhere lovely) for each of you! Regular exercise is as good as prophylaxis according to studies. I’m happy to say, it’s working for me (in conjunction with all my many medicinal/ supplemental prophylaxis.)
    Let’s NoMoMigraine! Or at least a little as possible, huh?

  • Katie M. Golden moderator author
    2 years ago

    Maureen, that’s so great! I love that you and your family are dedicated to doing this even during vacation! That’s great dedication. Let us know how it goes. Send a pic on FB!
    Katie Team

  • Maureen
    2 years ago

    I walked it! Despite a twelve day bout with vertigo, race day hormones, less than ideal barometric pressure conditions, and last minute rookie training almost-got-a-blister-itis, my training partner and I did it. I carried rizatriptan, compazine,and ibuprofen in my fanny pack as well as my own bottle of water in case I needed any of it in between hydration stations. And I crossed the finish line 13.1 miles from the starting line! Made some friends along the way, bonded with my old friend along the way, and have picked up some walking companions in my family along the way. My frequency, in general, prior to that really bad and really unpleasant patch, is greatly reduced.
    I came home and had a migraine attack of moderate nausea and slight pain/discomfort… thought I might have appendicitis actually… Weird, but I know you all know how that is. Once it took me 24 hours to realize I had a raging fever and the flu, not a migraine. Don’t worry. This time I was on that appendicitis;) Apparently I slept it off like a migraine can be dealt with sometimes. And today I am having a massage that I hope I am not over-sensitive to. But the masseuse and I have developed a relationship, and she knows that I want it deep enough to work but not to make me cry. That’s the threshold we’ve set. A girl’s got to have some rules you know!
    Anyhow, I’ll be walking another half marathon in New Holland, PA in April.
    #goals #NoMoMigraine
    Be well!

  • Katie M. Golden moderator author
    2 years ago

    Maureen, this is fantastic! You persevered. I’m sorry you got sick afterwards, but I’m sure you felt the satisfaction of finishing!
    – Katie Golden Team

  • Maureen
    2 years ago

    I’m not on Facebook or I’d totally post and brag there!

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