Overnight 200 hundred mile relay races are such a blast. My sister Nikki participated in her first Ragnar a couple weeks ago, and my friend Babs raced Hood to Coast this past weekend.
Last year the organization Every Mother Counts brilliantly tapped into the team relay fun to raise awareness for an important cause: Maternal health.
Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. EMC informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world. The organization was founded by global maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns in 2010.
Directed by Christy Turlington Burns and produced by Clancy McCarty, EVERY MILE, EVERY MOTHER is a short film that explores long distance running as a metaphor for birth. The film follows 12 runners as they run Hood to Coast, a 200 mile relay race in Oregon, also to highlight the barrier distance creates for women to access critical maternity care. The film illustrates the support and teamwork required to insure a safe and empowering birth experience for mothers, similar to the support and teamwork required for long distance running.
The documentary has been on my list for too long. I’m going to watch it very soon.
Any Duluth friends interested in joining me for a screening? We could start with a fun group run before and chat about some of the fun ways to fundraise for this important cause. I’d like to do something in the coming year. Email me if you are interested: email@example.com.
What an intense and remarkable story of perseverance, strength, will, and patience.
It’s been a rough year for us (namely this and that), but when I occasionally feel a bit blue about it all it doesn’t take me long to gain perspective and focus on the positives. And stories like this really bring it home.
The film comes out at Christmas. Perfect…I’ll get to watch it with my father-in-law, who recommended the book to me last year. (Brandy is also a huge fan and was thrilled to see us reading it last weekend.) It took me a year to pick it up, but I think the timing for such a profound story of resilience is actually quite fitting for us right now.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to connect with one of my mentors from St. Cloud State, Addie. I worked for Addie while I was at SCSU. We shared a love for holistic health.
Whenever I see her I ask about her children…seems they always have exciting adventures stirring. Per usual her son Justin has been filming fun. Addie passed me a note: “Kimi Werner. Freediver and great white shark on youtube.”