Pack team launched
nationally this year, and there are more than 580 runners signed up across the
U.S.—and even outside the U.S.—to run a race for animals! We have hundreds of
PETA supporters around the world on the team, and many PETA employees have
committed to lacing up their shoes after a long day of working for animals in
order to run for animals. Here are a few of them. Take a look at their
stories, visit their fundraising pages, and leave a message (or even a
donation) to show your support!
Tracy ReimanTracy is eager to make her
next triathlon her most meaningful and memorable one yet! As PETA's executive
vice president, Tracy has made helping animals her full-time job, and
triathlons are how she plays. Tracy started training for her first triathlon
when she moved to California last year to help open the new PETA office in Los Angeles.
At first, she struggled to swim one lap in a pool, but today she can swim a
mile without stopping! As Tracy said, "It's always been important to me to
stay in good shape to show how healthy vegans can be, and at 43, I'd gotten
bored just running or going to the gym. Triathlons are fun and challenging, and
they keep me motivated." Tracy is combining
two of her greatest passions this year by competing as a PETA Pack
runner in the Los Angeles Triathlon, where she'll swim 0.9 miles, bike 24
miles, and run 6.2 miles—all to raise money for PETA's Investigations &
Rescue Fund. Good luck, Tracy!
ThorntonAlex is the captive wildlife specialist at PETA. He has joined the pack
this year to run a 10K race for animals—specifically for elephants who are kept in chains and who never have control
over their own lives. Elephants in captivity are habitually abused. At an
early age, they are torn away from their mothers and chained by all four legs.
For the rest of their lives, they are beaten with sharp metal bullhooks, made
to perform tricks that ravage their bodies, kept confined to cramped quarters
where they are forced to stand amid their own feces. Not only is Alex running and raising money to
help these animals, he is also the New York City team leader! Alex has organized meet-and-greet events,
runs, and more. He is looking forward to inspiring the other New York runners
to achieve great things for animals over the next three months.
ArthKatie is one of the PETA Pack team leaders in Washington, D.C. Not long ago,
it was a challenge for Katie to jog a mile. Today, she's preparing to run 10! Katie
says, "I have
never been able to commit to running when it was just for being healthier or
for weight loss, but combining those benefits and promoting animal rights and
PETA's work has helped me do just that. In a time where states are considering
legislation to ban undercover investigations of animal abuse instead of making
laws to prevent animal abuse, it is a time to speak out and pull out my running
StroyeckLauren is running for a reason. Actually, she's running for many reasons.
She's running because right now, there is a mink circling in a cage on
a fur farm. Right now, there is a chained
"backyard dog" sweltering
in the heat or shivering in the cold. Right now, there is a hen on a factory farm in
a wire crate the size of a filing cabinet who can't
spread her wings. Right now,
monkeys, dogs, rats, mice, and cats and being injected, tortured, implanted
with devices, and kept in cages in laboratories for
experiments. Instead of sitting
on the couch eating (soy) ice cream this summer, Lauren will be running and
fundraising to help put an end to this
cruelty. Lauren is a campaign coordinator for PETA and is one of the three PETA
Pack team leaders in Norfolk, Virginia – the home of PETA's headquarters.
RajtLindsay is PETA's associate director of campaigns in Los Angeles. She spends her days
organizing and leading demos and protests, speaking to the press, coming up
with the most creative campaigns, and more! After her very busy days working
for animals, no matter how tired she feels, she still makes time for her PETA
Pack training runs. Lindsay hopes to raise $500 this year.
CehnMichelle is leading the PETA Pack team this year. She says it has been exciting
to watch the team grow from a local group to a nationwide and even
international team of hundreds of runners. She is training with the San
Francisco runners for the San Jose Rock & Roll Half Marathon. A vegetarian
since age 8, a vegan since college, and a lifelong animal advocate, Michelle is
thrilled to have this opportunity to take steps (literally) to help end animal
abuse—and to help others to the same!
Inspired to join the PETA Pack team? It's
not too late! You can register today at PETA.org/Run.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.