KATONAH, N.Y. -- We all know it's been a tough winter but for Karen Panzirer, who's training for the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon on Sunday, March 15, the weather these last few months has made training a challenge.
"I like to fit my long runs in early on a Saturday or Sunday, depending on what we have going on for the day, so my training doesn't interfere with our children's schedules," explained the Katonah mom of three.
"With this said, early morning means colder temperatures. I have been running with the same running partner for 12 years and she is right there with me in all kinds of crazy weather. We have been out in the extreme cold temperatures, on the tail end of snowstorms and in the hot and humid days of summer."
It is Panzirer's passion that drives her. She is running to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The organization is committed to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications, as well as helping those who suffer with it manage their symptoms and live the most normal life possible. This cause is especially close to her heart, as her oldest child, Morgan, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at just six years old.
Panzirer says she's always been a runner, but in the last five years she has run almost all her races to raise money for the research foundation. She already has collected $3,900 and hopes to reach $5,000.
Running, she explains, helps her cope with life's challenges. "With all Morgan has to deal with every single minute of her life, the least I can do is run and try to raise money for her and all the others dealing with this disease. Unfortunately, the cure for Type 1 diabetes is not in the near future but whatever I can do to help Morgan's life be a bit easier, I will do it."
Visit her fundraising page at http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?px=2964044&fr_id=4997&pg=personal for more information.
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