Guest post by Angel Boord, HRC Athletes for Equality Team Captain for the Marine Corps Marathon
I’ve always been an athlete, a runner and now I’m happy to call myself an activist.
As someone who has been a competitive athlete for some time, I know I can train for and compete in an event successfully on my own. I have the passion, drive and commitment to do so. On my list as proof are dozens of finished triathlons, marathons, and even ultra-marathons over the last several years.
When presented with the opportunity, taking my love for competitive racing and pairing it with a cause I care so deeply was an obvious choice for me. Now I’m not just a prolific runner and athlete, I’m a prolific athlete with a deep sense of purpose. I believe you can't change hearts and minds without telling a personal story, and my personal experience is inextricably linked with running. I truly believe I'm advancing equality forward with each step I take and every dollar I raise.
I know many experienced runners who may not have run with a charity before, but I whole-heartedly recommend it. The camaraderie provided via HRC’s Athletes for Equality helps me push myself more than ever before. As team captain, I will be hosting a number of events for our athletes and their supporters, to include weekend-of activities like a celebratory pasta dinner and HRC-sponsored cheering sections along the race route.