Reflecting on the Women’s More Fitness Half Marathon
The Women’s More Fitness Half Marathon took place on April 19th 2015.
My sister was a proud participant, and I was a proud audience member. During
the Half Marathon, I did not cheer for just my sister, but all of the women
running to promote fitness for women. The event was an example of a great
opportunity for any woman looking for a challenge. While cheering on for those
running, I noticed how happy each person was to be running for a cause. The fact
that the event enabled both supporters and runners to come together and
promote women’s fitness was amazing. The strength of the audience and runners
demonstrated how powerful fitness is when done together. Although the runners
were all female, many of the audience members were dads and sons and others
supporting a cause that was not specific to them. This showed me that people
care about more than that which merely concerns them. We are so lucky to have
accessibility to free fitness facilities in NYC such as central park. The race signified
that those places to practice fitness are not exclusive to males, and female fitness
is equally important to male fitness.
My participation in the HOPE Count helped me understand statistics in the
real world by showing me the necessity in getting the closest number possible for
certain world problems. Using statistics in the real world is the first step in helping
solve many substantial and important issues such as, the amount of homeless
people in New York City, the amount of people in the United States with AIDs, or the
amount of African-Americans that are incarcerated. By finding a statistic for a
specific issue, we can discover how large and prevalent that issue is and then learn
how to help prevent or stop it.
Reflecting on the beautifully intelligent quote from To Kill a Mockingbird, it is
absolutely correct that one can never begin to grasp the struggles of another human
being until they are in their shoes. By going on the HOPE Count I realized how
detrimental a lifestyle it is and how saddening it was to have a large number of
homeless people tallied at the end. Seeing it first hand, I now know that I will never
be able to understand or comprehend what it’s like to live homeless in the city
unless I am living it.