GAITHERSBURG, MD – May 6, 2013 – Walking 39.3 miles in just 48 hours is a daunting endeavor. Taking on the battle with breast cancer is even more daunting.
This past weekend Fleet Feet’s very own Chris and Robyn Gault, co-owners, and Karen Craney Running Program Director, took to the streets of Washington, DC and proudly walked 26.2 miles on Saturday and 13.1 miles on Sunday with the joint Fleet Feet, Grossberg CPA, Accounting for a Cure with Fleet Feet Sports team.
Last year’s team raised nearly $33,000, but this year’s 19-member team surpassed everyone’s goal and raised over $55,000 for Avon and breast cancer research and support; in total the 2-day event raised an incredible $4.5 million. Chris and Robyn are excited to have had such a successful fundraising year for this important event, and are thankful for the support they have received from not only their personal friends and family, but the surrounding Fleet Feet community.
As Robyn stated, “We are so grateful to have the support of the running community. Without each and every customer and friend, our store and our Avon team would not be such a success.” One of the most successful fundraising events for the Avon Breast Cancer Walk was Fleet Feet’s St. Paddy’s Day Pub Run/Walk. With nearly 100 runners in attendance, the Fun Run/Pub Run generated nearly $2000 for the cause.
Chris and Robyn participate and coordinate a team for this great event every year. They do so to not only celebrate Robyn’s successful fight with breast cancer 11 years ago, but also to honor Chris’ sister who, sadly was not as lucky as Robyn, and lost her battle in 2005.
It’s a long two days and a lot of hard work both physically and mentally, but the overall experience, surrounded by family members, new and old friends, supporters and survivors, is a powerful, moving one. For Chris and Robyn the event is a yearly reminder of how blessed they are to be part of such a strong, caring community.