You can save animals and get in shape with this international marathon


You can save animals and get in shape with this international marathon

What if you could earn marathon bragging rights and save animals at the same time? The dream, right?

Okay, maybe not exactly the dream. Marathons are hard — we hear you, and we all want to be able to save animals from the comfort of our couch, but puppies!

Well, if you’re not only a dog person but also a cat person and willing to go the extra mile to help stray animals, the eighth worldwide Penny Marathon is coming to a city near you in July.

Founded by Greek Australian journalist Ellie Prodromou, this small-scale passion project quickly turned into an international, annual event, created in the name of a dog called Penny.

Ellie met Penny when she was working in Greece as a journalist. A local stray dog, Penny would be there waiting for her friend at the bus stop each morning — until one day, Ellie arrived to find her canine companion wasn’t there.

That morning, she was devastated to learn that Penny had died, presumably poisoned or hit by a car during the night. What followed for Ellie was a wave of not only grief, but also remorse.

“I didn’t give Penny a home, and I should have,” she said.

“And, in her honor, learning by the mistake that I made, I’ve named my charity after her.”

That said, Ellie never imagined that what started as “a bit of a stunt” — a presumed one-time run organized by herself and her sister in aid of stray animals — would grow to the size that it has.

Now, in cities around the world, runners and their pets join Ellie in her quest to help animals a little more each year. The funds raised by the charity go primarily toward the rescue and rehoming process, covering expenses related to food, boarding, medical care and travel costs.

Should you care to get involved in the Penny Marathon, and help to change the lives of animals just like Penny, you can find full details on the event, and participating cities, here.

Header image: Izf/Shutterstock.com Body image: Jo Lyons Photography/Facebook

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