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Running with Purpose: Miles For Dream Big!

We are a week away from the Boston marathon and I’m feeling READY to cross that finish line—and kiss these early morning runs goodbye. I’m hoping I can inspire you to join me in my final training push. Not only do I need the encouragement, but together we can do even more to help girls achieve their athletic dreams. How, you ask? I’ve created a special Now & Gen 5K Challenge with my friends at Strava. (P.S. they are donating to Dream Big! on behalf of each new Strava registrant!)

All you have to do is join me in the challenge click here and complete at least one 5K (aka 3.1 miles) between now and Sunday, April 21, 2019. The more miles we log as a collective community, the more significant impact we can make towards this important cause.


Every challenger who completes the 5K challenge gets digital bragging rights with a custom badge and warm fuzzies knowing that your participation is helping young girls forge their athletic futures. You’ll also be eligible to enter to win a RunPadsRun hoodie signed by Jared and I (winner chosen at random).

Want to sit this one out? (Trust me, I get it.) Lucky for you, you can still donate at this link and do your part without having to do ANY of the sweating. You can even curl up in your bed and watch Netflix and STILL be a part of the team.

Are you with me?! Watch the video below to find out why this cause is so close to my heart.

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  • Sabrina Travers

    That was a great video, Odette is getting SO big and adorable! I’m a sahm to a 2 and 4 year old girls. I wanted to bring them down to watch the marathon and cheer everyone on but with predicted rain I don’t think my 2 year old will last unfortunately. But you’re gonna kick butt Gen! Such an inspiration.

  • Alicia

    I love this Gen! Great cause and lady O is adorable! I hope y’all meet your goal and I know you’ll do amazing in the Boston marathon!

  • Heather Eterna Parker

    Rain or Shine – My daughter runs cross country in rainy weather a lot of times since she was 8. If she could – You Can! Boston Marathon experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity – Together with Your Jared – Carpe Diem! Make wonderful memories for a great cause! With much love and admiration from a simple human being ?

  • Archi Gupta

    So inspiring…all de best…❤️✨cute pic…you are running for a very good cause…❤️you LL do it…

  • Hailey Owens

    Lady O is growing up so much! Tears of joy during this video! It sent me back to my volleyball and dance days in high school. I joined Strava when you posted about the group. It really helps seeing everyone encourage each other. I’ll be cheering you on this weekend! Love you to the moon.

  • Lauren

    Your coach knows it! You’re rocking this! Let’s do it! Enjoy the taper and try not to go stir crazy!

  • Carla

    I’ve signed up to the challenge because you Pads are so inspiring. Love you and good luck with running the marathon xx

  • Stefania

    You’re great!! I’m so proud of you guys!

  • Kelsey

    I was wanting to know if we actually had to run? I walk almost 3 miles everyday, but I’m definitely not a runner. Just asking to see if this counts! ?

  • April

    I registered!! This will be so much fun!!

  • Kim Jacobs

    Sadly I can’t do any running but I am with you in spirt all the way, as well as having donated.

    You can do this, and if you don’t make it to the finish line, there is absolutely no shame in that. You have already done so much for this cause, for getting women out there and energised. You should be very proud of yourself.

    You and Jared are so generous of spirit, you put your money (and your bodies) where your mouth is. I am so proud of you both.

  • Michelle Tannhäuser

    I’ll Run this 5km in Germany. I Hope WE will make so much Miles for this

  • Barbara A Castro

    You are such an inspiration to all I love watching your videos of you and your children you can tell you are not only a great person who only wants to do good and help others not as fortunate as you but your also a wonderful mom who includes her children to instill the same values. Good luck on your marathon….. I will donate to your cause. Keep up the good work you are doing you truly are inspiring.

  • michaela ?

    Thanks for this gen, I will donating if it allows from England ? good luck on sunday you will be amazing. Just think you and jared will always have this experience and memory together ??✨ love your video, really look forward to hearing you speak, you are so inspiring and interesting. Odette is a sweetheart ? I look forward to your next post x

  • Don Scott

    Great cause. You have my support. I have a nieces that are inspirational in their own way (all very athletic) and I know will grow into strong woman. I shared your story on a few platforms and hopefully that generates even more support for you. Run Pads Run (great logo). How do I order those t-shirts?

  • Paula Show

    MY GRANDCHILDREN & I WISH YOU & JARED THE BEST. I purchased your shirt with my charms. I’m so proud of you playing soccer (I had no Idea), My one granddaughter is 4 is plays soccer, ice hockey, dance..her mom is very much like you..NOTHING GETS IN HER the way I love JAREDs beenies & wish they would sell those as in closing..??????

  • Priya

    Totally love this. It gave me the ecouragement to work out in this sweaty summer weather. Did a 3km walk today while listening to this spotify podcast called ‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls’ cause it somehow perfectly fit into the mood. Being a swimmer and volley ball player myself while growing up, I so apperciate this intiative. Sports can be an incredible learning experience, and the world need more of Serena Williams, Paula Radcliffe. Marie Kom and so on. Good luck to you and Jared for the Marathon. May the force be with you <3

  • Adrienne Lillie

    Just signed up!! So excited to join the team! Congratulations on your mile stone y’all!! ? xoxo

  • Rajeev

    It is really encouraging and rather a spark in the machine. Watching supernatural just gave us or rather me an idea of how and what things could be out there giving me a new philosophy. BUT this … THIS in itself is supernatural! And when you hail for nature and the pads the nature will surely roll with you! You got my support!
    Cheers! ??

  • Jennifer

    I run my 5k tomorrow morning in Omaha, my little sister and a friend are. ow joining me. First race I have done in almost 5 years. I’m a bit nervous but my Strava team is behind me and seeing you and Jared take on Boston was inspiring. Ready…Set…

  • Jennifer

    I run my 5k tomorrow morning in Omaha, my little sister and a friend are now joining me. First race I have done in almost 5 years. I’m a bit nervous but my Strava team is behind me and seeing you and Jared take on Boston was inspiring. Ready…Set…

  • Rajeev

    Watching supernatural series has not only given us a chance to learn things out there which one could only imagine but has inspired me to a different level of belief and connectivity to the nature. It has taught us all a new philosophy! BUT this is how you bring it to life! When you roll for the strength of girl youth, you not only roll for them but for the nature and when you run for nature the nature will surely be with you in making it supernatural! You have my support!
    Cheers ??

  • Mirelle Ozeryanskiy

    Hi Gen!! So proud of you for finishing and it’s so beautiful that you share your experience with sports and I love this campaign !!! And BTW Lady O is looking so pretty! Oh my lord, has she grown up.

  • Becky Crone

    Love the video Jared ❤️Unfortunately I’m disabled and
    Can’t do the run?but Gen you’re amazing! I would tr
    Really love to join you so since I can’t I have my sister b
    Doing it for you, her name is Janel Wilkins ❤️She
    Will kick as ! I wish there we’re more I could do ?
    Go Gen and Janel!

  • Amy

    Got to say how excited I am to have you and Danneel in the same Supernatural episode with your guys. Its perfect and can’t wait. xo

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