Studies have shown that running outside is better for your mental health and makes you more likely to continue to run as opposed to running inside on a treadmill. It’s also much less costly. The Nature Conservancy is working to help show that there are beautiful, natural places out there to explore, and that anyone can be a part of Team Nature.
A group of individuals have come together to participate in the New York City ING marathon (November 6) to raise money for The Nature Conservancy- They are running for nature, and for the future of our planet. The 20-person team is a mix of staff members and supporters, headed by Bill Ulfelder, New York Director for The Nature Conservancy. Each team member has committed to raising a minimum of $3,500 and is raising money through http://www.crowdrise.com/NatureConservancyNYC.
One of The Nature Conservancy’s featured runners is Victor Medina – a Washington Heights, New York native, Victor has climbed mountains all over the world and is now embarking on a new journey–marathon running. After working as a LEAF intern on a Conservancy preserve in 2007, the college junior lost 60 pounds and has been bitten by the outdoor bug. In November, he’ll run 26.2 nature-inspired miles for his cause and Team Nature. You can read more about him on his blog or in The New York Daily News– he is super excited to be running his first-ever marathon.
Join Team Nature. Donate to the Nature Conservancy’s efforts and find some trails near home to go walk or run. A good place to look is the guidebooks of Footprint Press and Common Man at www.footprintpress.com.