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Running Down the Walls 2013 recap

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

I just want to thank everyone who sponsored me for this year’s Running Down the Walls 5K run for Political Prisoners. Many people donated their time, energy and money to support me and the NYC Anarchist Black Cross. This year’s run was wildly successful and a really fun day.

Almost 30 people ran, walked and biked this year making it one of the bigger ones. The rain was threatening all week but held out and although it was muggy, there were copious amounts of beverages and food provided by ABC. The vegan deviled eggs, jackfruit/pulled pork sandwiches, cupcakes, cookies and such helped me finish the race, for sure!

I would thank you all by name if I knew it was ok, but over 50 people generously donated to sponsor me this year and I appreciate all your love and support, knowing full well this was the first big event I was involved in since I got out. I trained for a month and it was not easy-running at 39 is a totally different animal than at 22! The early morning time alone was remarkably helpful in helping me sort out the puzzling set of emotions and thoughts that come with re-entering society after 6 years inside.

Thanks to my non-corporate sponsor Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center who provided me with a shirt to run in, a generous donation and lots of moral support. Thanks also to my extraordinarily patient race-day supporter, Turtle, who helped make everything way easier than it would have been. I am sure NYC ABC will be coming out with a report-back and there are photos to be seen here thanks to Tom Martinez who donated his photography services.

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Running Down the Walls training update: Wednesday

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
With just a few days left before the big run I ran 28 minutes long and slow. Nothing too exciting.
NYC peops: come to run, eat vegan food & cheer me on!

: Running Down the Walls – 5k Run/Walk/Jog/Bike
WHEN: 2:00-7:00pm, Sunday, September 1st
WHERE: Prospect Park– Lincoln Road/East Lake Drive, east of the Terrace Bridge (see the below map for exact location)
COST: $10 registration (includes food and drinks afterwards)

From the Q or S Shuttle train, get off at the Prospect Park stop. Walk to Lincoln Road and turn right into the park. We’ll be about 700 feet away.


The event will be two laps around what is known as the Inner Loop, and will total five kilometers. For the curious, here’s what it looks like:


Weekend training update!

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Running down the Walls is 8 days away and I am kicking up the training. Friday night was intervals: 1 minute of running followed by 2 minute jog. Did that 6 times and finished with 5 minute cooldown. Saturday afternoon: Ran 29 minutes at decent pace. Finished last mile *running* with a stack of books (see below)! I am determined! Come cheer me on, help support political prisoners and have some great food at the post-run picnic at Prospect Park, September 1st from 2-6pm. Sponsor me at https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=RY687ZGYPQXZ2

Menu for Running Down the Walls 2013 post-run picnic

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Here’s the latest confirmed menu for RDTW 2013 (all vegan):

***Smoked and slowly simmered jack fruit “pulled pork” sandwiches in a from-scratch Texas-style barbeque sauce

***Kala Namak infused faux deviled eggs filled with whipped turmeric bean curd

***Heirloom potato salad

***Chocolate chunk cookies

***A variety of homemade cupcakes

Running Down the Walls training update: Friday night

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Running down the Walls Training update: FRIDAY NIGHT RUNNING. I’m hoping rain doesn’t come. Planning to do half-hour of intervals.

First day of doing something other than long runs. Wish me luck! Hope to be doing 1 minute of hard running followed by 2 minutes of slower. What the hell do I know about running? Not much!

See you on September 1st at Prospect Park for #RDTW

You can sponsor me on our online donation page.

Running Down the Walls promo video

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Thanks to Denver ABC, there is now a new promotional video for Running down the Walls 2013!
You can view the video here.

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Volunteers needed for Running Down the Walls

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

NYC ABC  will need run-day volunteers for Running down the Walls. ”We need folks who are willing to staff a registration/literature table, hand out water, bike the route as street medics, and help chalk the route beforehand” Contact nycabc@riseup.net to become a run day volunteer

Training Update: Wednesday

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Running Down the Walls training update: Wed. Ran 33 minutes with no rest. Hit two hills and finished strong. 11 days until run.


RDTW Training update: Sunday night

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Ran 23 minutes, took a 3 min rest and ran another 13 minutes. Stopped by Books Through Bars – New York City at Freebird Books for a breather. If you do not know about Books thru Bars and the excelllent work they do, please check out their website at http://booksthroughbarsnyc.org I am running two days on and one day off at this point and ratcheting up the fundraising for the run. Please help me run this race and sponsor me here.

There are two main recipients of proceeds from Running Down the Walls this year: The ABCF warchest and the Brooklyn Base.Please check out their sites.

The route for this year’s run at Prospect Park is below. Hope to see you there on September 1st. All the info you need about the run is here.

Friday night Running Down the Walls training update

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Ran 30 minutes (around 3 miles)  & did not stop once. Saturday is a day off!