I’m halfway through my marathon training plan, and each weekend, I’m running farther than I ever have before. Why am I doing this? Deciding and preparing to run a marathon is a deeply personal experience. I want to challenge myself to be stronger, I want to inspire my two children, I want my husband to be proud, and I want to celebrate life after forty.
I’m turning my personal journey into even more. I’m committed to making this world that we share just a bit better. I want to put an end to the unnecessary violence that threatens our world’s elephant population. These peaceful and caring animals are the world’s largest land species, and they are being mercilessly hunted and slaughtered by ivory poachers.
96 elephants are killed in Africa every day.
Elephants lovingly take care of each other, compassionately live and learn together in extended families, and painfully mourn their dead. Experienced matriarchs use their powerful memories to teach the herd critical survival lessons. The mother passes on wisdom from earlier generations that helps the herd avoid danger and find food and water during times of scarcity.
Much like our children, young elephants need about 13 years of care before they’re ready to be independent. When their mothers are taken from them, the young elephants grieve deeply, even shedding tears and suffering depression.
Driven by the demand for ivory, ruthless poachers slaughter elephants for their tusks. These brutal hunters are using helicopters, GPS technology, and automatic weapons to take down these majestic animals. It is our responsibility as stewards of this earth to put an end to this atrocious crime by pledging not to buy or sell ivory, and by supporting wildlife conservation efforts.
On October 26, I’ll be running the Marine Corps Marathon to help save the world’s elephant population. When the miles become difficult, and I struggle to find strength, I will be encouraged by your generous support. Please click here to see how you can help save the elephants.