L.A. Plant Powered Run / Walk for Farm Animals!
It's a dream come true to be collaborating with The Farm Sanctuary. Here's an interview I recently did with them in June 2018 about the upcoming event in Los Angeles:
How long have you been supporting Farm Sanctuary? Have you visited any of our shelters, and are there any particular animals that you’ve bonded with, that you’ll be “running for” during the race?
I became aware of the efforts the Farm Sanctuary was creating to better the lives of animals as of Summer 2017. After doing research as to what the shelters were all about, and familiarizing myself with podcasts founder Gene Baur was featured on, I knew I had to make my first visit!
I drove down from Vancouver, Canada in January 2018 to the Los Angeles Farm Sanctuary. I was greeted by the most welcoming employees, who educated me on nearly every experience each animal had gone through. Touched by all the life-changing stories, I returned in May 2018 to volunteer and better my relationship with the animals (and humans)!
Every single one of the animals at the Farm Sanctuary hold a special place in my heart. There isn't one in particular I will be running for, instead I see it us all as a team, running to be 'the change' the world is ready to embrace.
How did you learn about this opportunity, and what inspired you to be a part of our LA Plant Powered Run / Walk for Farm Animals?
As a plant based athlete recently running my first 50KM Ultra Marathon Trail Race, I am faced with constant pressure from society with questions like 'where do you get your protein from?'. I am proud to be the example and educate society that protein doesn't have to come from animals. And in fact, when it doesn't you will have even better health, longevity, recovery time from workouts, and overall energy!
Does this race hold any particular significance for you? What does it mean to you to be running for Farm Sanctuary?
To run for the Farm Sanctuary is an honour. The love, compassion, and kindness the animals at the shelter receive is what makes it such a magical place. Any way I can help to support and create awareness around bettering the future for animals and plant powered living, I want to be a part of!
What does it mean to be a team for you? Why would you encourage others to join a team for our LA Plant Powered Run / Walk for Farm Animals event?
'It takes a village'. This mindset began early as a child while I was raised by my loving family. Then having competed in team sports, followed by creating my own business team of staff, I know everything is in life is richer when you work together and share in the experience.
Working as a team in the Plant Powered Run / Walk for Farm Animals means we can train together, celebrate achievements together, multiply the amount of lives we can touch for animals, and be a strong voice heading into the future. Everything multiplies when we can do it together!
What motivates you, both as a runner and in your commitment to helping farm animals? Are there any details about your journey that you’d like to share?
My motivation is to live life from a place of faith, freedom and gratitude for how strong the human body and mind is when we treat it with love and respect (animals too). I combine health and adventure, living life to the fullest and sharing my knowledge and personal journey of transformation, one not learned in school or in books, but rather through struggle, hitting bottom, getting up again, choosing to survive—and ultimately deciding to thrive. A huge part of me thanks a plant based lifestyle for this journey!
What is something you’d like to say about being a vegan or vegetarian athlete – advice for others, how you’ve triumphed despite naysayers, etc.?
My advise is to take it one day a time! Love yourself in the process of becoming vegan or vegetarian, and educate yourself. In no time you'll be shocked at the incredible benefits you're gifting yourself, animals, and the world.
Health is Happiness!
Farm Sanctuary, founded in 1986, provides lifelong care for animals rescued from abuse at three sanctuary locations in New York and California; promotes compassionate vegan living; and advocates legal and policy reforms.
This is powerful work, although factory farming interests that seek to hide cruelty and limit protections for farm animals are well-staffed, well-subsidized, and well-funded. It’s not an equal fight. It takes money to educate, advocate, and rescue to inspire citizens to choose kindness and stand up for farm animals.
We're counting on you and your fellow compassion champions to pledge to help us raise money to continue to fight for change. Join us October 13. Let’s show how, together, we can outpace animal cruelty by running or walking for farm animals.