Gearing Up For A Marathon

Gearing Up For A Marathon

From Kiera Smalls

Gearing Up provides women in transition from abuse, addiction, and/or incarceration with the skills, equipment, and guidance to safely ride a bicycle for exercise, transportation, and personal growth.

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Update #5

over 2 years ago

Tomorrow's the big day!!!

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I lost my mother in 2008 to her battle with drug addiction. Its been 8 years and I still can’t fully understand or accept it. My mother was supposed to see me graduate college, start a new career, have a family, and complete my first marathon… Had I known about programs like Gearing Up, I would have tried to do more to help my mother through her struggles. By raising $2,600 for Gearing Up, I believe that I can help other women who are battling the same issues my mother had.

Read more here: http://cityfitgirls.com/2016/01/11/first-marathon/

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Kiera Smalls posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #5

Tomorrow's the big day!!!

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Kiera Smalls posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #4

Woohooo! Reached my $2,600 fundraising goal this past Friday!! Since the campaign has 14 days left, I'm now looking to get to $3,000! I think we can do it!!

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over 2 years ago

Update #3

WE'RE SO CLOSE! I am beyond grateful for your donations and support for Gearing Up. I have 3 weeks left until my marathon. Things are going GREAT. I share more updates at cityfitgirls.com but want to let you know that I'm feeling good and ready about May 1st. Thank YOU for the support and for helping me help others. <3

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Update #2

Thank you so much for the support! With your donation, I know this money can help hundreds of women lead healthier and active lifestyles.

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Kiera Smalls posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #1

26.2 miles.

26 years old.

$2,600 towards charity.

It was a day or two after the Philadelphia Half Marathon that I decided to register for a race I never thought I could do. I’ve been running (inconsistently) for a few years leading up to 2015. After a year of training, working out and sticking to a running routine, I was inspired to go the distance in 2016.

I signed up for a freaking marathon.

Registering for a marathon was not easy. I’m not talking about entering my debit card, I’m talking about mentally preparing myself for the year ahead. The next few months won’t be smooth sailing and I know I have to make a lot of adjustments if I want to be successful.

I told myself that whatever the next few months bring, I better be ready. Marathon day is coming on May 1st.

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