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Get Fit and Run With the PETA Pack!

The following article was written by Michelle Taylor Cehn.

It’s that time of year again—time for the PETA Pack team training! Registration is now open for the 2011 PETA Pack team, and joining is possibly the best way ever invented to get in shape and help animals at the same time.

The PETA Pack is a nationwide group of compassionate people who will be team-training to run a half-marathon (13.1 miles) or 5k (3.1 miles) race in October. Each participant will raise money to help PETA with its lifesaving work for animals. Last year, the team raised more than $50,000 for PETA’s Investigations and Rescue Fund, and this year, we hope to raise even more!

The 2011 PETA Pack team is going to be bigger and better than ever before—and we want you to be a part of it! We’ve got a brand-new websiteFacebook Page, and map of races as well as an inspiring spokesperson, Brendan Brazier. Brendan is a professional triathlete, author, and speaker, and he’s signed on to advise, motivate, and inspire our fabulous PETA Pack team.

I know what you’re thinking: “I’ll never be able to run that far! The last time I ran was to catch a flight in Chicago O’Hare airport, and it wasn’t pretty!” Well, let me tell you—I ran my first-ever half marathon with the PETA Pack last year, and it was an incredible experience. Before then, I had never run more than 2 miles at a time. But by the end, not only did I cross the finish line, I also felt better physically than I have in years! Lack of prior running experience is no problem for the PETA Pack—we have a great training program for beginners that can bring any couch potato across the finish line after the three months of team-training. And don’t forget: You can walk part of the race—most people do!

If you’ve ever dreamed of participating in a race or simply doing something great for your health—now is your chance. Training begins on July 1, and it’s a perfect way to take full advantage of the summer! Register now to be part of the PETA Pack team, meet great people, achieve new goals, get in shape, and help animals!

See you at the finish line!

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  • Laura says:

    oh this is great!!! I am going into 8th grade but i’ve been in track team and I have run tons of 5k races, tonally going to do this. Its going to be a piece of cake. ;D

  • Stacey says:

    This is GREAT! I was planning on doing the Rock n Roll event in San Jose anyways this year so this gives me extra motivation to be there!

  • Maite says:

    I’d really like to join you, but I’m from Spain (Europe). Is there any PETA Team in Spain?

  • Request a rainbow says:

    Hello again.
    Is there any runings n London, Ontario, Canada or in Edmonon, Alberta, Canada? Also how old do you have to be to run or is there an age limit or must be?
    Rey and Amanda

  • Request a rainbow says:

    Hey
    This is Rey (aka) Request a rainbow and Amanda Pawley.
    We just wanted to know where the runnings take place and what day, what year. Stuff like that. Well thanks.
    Sincerely,
    Rey and Amanda

  • Ashley says:

    Hey I am really interesting in joining but I’m only 16 and I’m from Minnesota, is there any races here? I live near Minneapolis! :) But I feel weird because my parents, aren’t exactly animal rights people =(

  • CatherineG says:

    This will be my third year. I live in Oak Lawn, Illinois, so on the day of the race, I’ll be power walking a 5K on my own for the animals. :)

  • Michelle says:

    @Amber – the beauty of the PETA Pack is you can train anywhere and run in any race in Oct/Nov! If you do a Google Search you can find the races closest to you. Here are some CT ones: http://www.halfmarathons.net/race_calendar_connecticut.html

    @Miss C – you dont have to run in an official race – you can just choose a distance and run it on your own. You help animals at the same time by creating a personal PETA Pack fundraising page and asking your friends and family to sponsor your run. All donations go to help PETA’s Investigations and Rescue Fund.

    I hope you guys join – it’s an amazing experience!

  • Miss C says:

    I heard we can run the distance put not register for an offical race (if we are too far away from a Peta Pack). How would we do this and what would it do to help the animals?
    love, MissC

  • Alex Thornton says:

    Amber – if you can hop a train into NYC, we’d love to have you on the team here! You can also volunteer to be a team leader and get folks in your area to participate!

    If you’d like to join the NYC team, comment on my personal page with your information and I’ll add you to our e-mail list: http://www2.peta.org/site/TR/Events/PETAsOnlineCommunity?px=7562046&pg=personal&fr_id=1081

    Hope to see you!
    Alex

  • Vee says:

    Any PETA Teams in Germany/ Europe ??

  • Amber says:

    Why isn’t there anything in CT. I don’t drive so it’s a bit disappointing.

  • Daniela Bä says:

    Hello! That sounds like an event I could like to participate in! Where are these runs taking place? Somewhere in Germany, too?

    Would be happy to read from you soon so I can plan it for this year, if applicable!

    Thank you in advance,
    sincerely,
    Daniela

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