Thursday, August 5, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
I ran Bolder Boulder 2010 on Memorial day this year. It's an annual 10 kilometer road race held in Boulder, CO and the largest race in the U.S. in which all participants are timed. It was my first time participating in any race and it didn't matter how much I clocked, it was going to be my personal record!
It was beautiful day although it was a bit cold to start with. This year, around 54,000 people registered in the race. There were many live music bands playing all along the route. Two of my favorites were a singer impersonating Elvis (I hear, he is there every year) and a band dressed in an enlarged version of baby jumpsuits. I couldn't stop laughing when I saw them, perhaps that's the reason why I didn't feel the pain in my legs during the race. Overall, it was a blast.
I will definitely do it again next year and try to get another personal record. Go Team Vegan!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Anyone who has checked the Team Vegan site lately will have noticed that you have done it!!
Team Vegan rose to the challenge, and will be able to put all matching money to work for the animals!
Dozens of you have stepped up in the past week, doubling their money's impact for the animals. $99,468.50 to create real, lasting change in our society!
As though to emphasize this, we just got a phone call here from someone in Portland who said, "I got your booklet, and you've made me a vegetarian. Thanks so much for the information. Thank you."
Let me repeat: You Totally Rock!
Group barbaric yalp!
Friday, July 30, 2010
Team Tacoma Park's Jon Camp met Tae and Jeff (left) and Judy (right) at this year's TAFA -- just a few of the countless folks who stopped eating animals after receiving a Vegan Outreach booklet, and then went on to get active for the animals!
Want to learn more about this work? Check out this week's Friday video!
If you believe in this work, please help us meet Team Vegan's matching goal. The opportunity to double your donation ends tomorrow, so please head over to the Team Vegan page, make a donation to Jon's page, or another member, or the general fund.
As Erik Marcus says here, "I doubt there’s another animal protection group that compares to Vegan Outreach in terms of doing massive outreach where it’s needed most."
You can expand this work with your support!
Thanks so much!!
Please promote this post & help VO help animals.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
One of my Team Vegan runners, Todd Lee, got his PR. His previous best marathon time was 4h26m. Now is PR is 3h48m!
Note -- this is nearly a minute and a half faster per mile!
If you'd like to congratulate Todd, please visit his page. Thanks!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Noora Kaunisto writes:
My slice of Vegan team training is relaxed and fun, but also enthusiastic, activity. Training has been a big part of my life as long as I can remember, and now it includes weight training 3-4 times a week and different kinds of aerobic training in between. This summer the aerobic part has been running (which I love the most), walking, cycling and kayaking. I emphasize the good old squats, pull-ups, deadlifts etc done with bars, barbells and dumbbells. One of the many good things about summer is the quite obvious and well justified need to have a big tofu ice cream as the immediate recovery of hard training :)
Team Vegan is a great way to make training even more useful, fun and inspiring. I promised in my profile to train hard enough to be able to make 10 pull-ups, if the donations through my Team Vegan page reached 200 dollars. Well, that happened and, I'm excited and proud to say, the pull-ups happened, too! My next challenge is to attend some cross-country running competition as I promised, when the donations got even higher :)
I haven't been competing since childhood, so it's going to be adventurous...
Training is fun and gives a nice feeling of strength, health and self-esteem. But still, I feel the biggest inspiration for my activities is to "show everyone" (haha, now that sounds pretty corny) that vegans aren't pale, tired crickets, shivering in the funnily bohemian pubs. I've been a vegan now for three years, after being a vegetarian for about ten years. Training has never felt this good before :)
Can you please help Noora help meet her fundraising goal?
Thursday, July 22, 2010
"I've been vegan for four months now. Originally, it was a Why Vegan? pamphlet that made me go vegetarian four years ago."
Please help Alexa Talbot convince more people to go veg!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
These are the final days of the matching challenge, when you can double your donation, and put more of the matching money to work for the animals. More donations, more booklets, more new vegetarians!
You can read more in today's Enewsletter, or you can go right to the Team Vegan site, make a tax-deductible donation to a team member, or to the general fund.
Or you can send a check to: Vegan Outreach | PO Box 30865 | Tucson, AZ 85751
All checks dated before August 1 will be doubled!
Please help today! We'll be sure to do our best to make sure your contribution -- doubled, dollar-for-dollar! -- has the maximum impact!
Thanks so much!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Running 1/2 Marathon / Vegan Outreach Fundraising
I have once again joined Team Vegan, training for the San Francisco 1/2 marathon on Sunday July 25th. This is an exciting opportunity to be an inspiring role model for healthy living and to raise funds for the nonprofit grassroots organization Vegan Outreach. I am currently $500 from my fund-raising goal, and I would greatly appreciate your donations, both to encourage my fitness goals and to assist Vegan Outreach's campaigns to spread their message of health and compassion. You can view my Team Vegan profile and make a donation here.
As you can see at the Team Vegan site -- we need your help to meet our goal!
Monday, July 5, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I ended up leaving for my study abroad in Mexico earlier than expected. So I find myself in a society a little less acquainted with the movement for animal rights and reliant on a host family for meals.
Luckily, I have a pretty understanding family. They've made changes to the meals they serve me so that they are free of meat and obvious dairy and egg products. I don't want to create an unreasonable amount of work for people nice enough to let me into their home. This is not just an exchange of calories -- it's a cultural exchange as well, not to mention a particularly delicate cultural exchange between a thriving developed country with more options (the United States) and a developing nation with fewer options (Mexico).
I also think the essential message to send in this exchange is that there are US citizens very willing to eat with a Mexican family, enjoying their cuisine, while maintaining a different perspective on meat consumption. "Not every American eats nothing but hamburgers," in combination with, "There are some Americans that wish to respectfully share in your food culture," are the two major messages I wish to send on this study abroad trip.
So I guess my message is to vegans who travel abroad from rich countries such as Canada, the United States or Western European countries, is yes, continue being a vegan, but if you find yourself particularly integrated in the culture (such as staying with a host family), just do your best within the context of a respectful cultural exchange. In this particular form of globalized economy, so many cultural ideas are forced. Vegans can be different -- we can be those foreigners who come to our host country with an interesting (hopefully intriguing) idea and do it in a refreshingly respectful manner. Sounds fair, right?
Friday, June 25, 2010
Jim has logged over 617 miles so far in his 18-week marathon training program. He's running the San Francisco marathon in a month - and promises to send photos of himself at the finish line!
Wendy will soon be moving to Panama, where she's sure to read more books and take more lovely photos. Take a look at That Swimming Lizard.
Send your update to Anne (at) veganoutreach (dot) org. Thanks!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Joanna is one of the donors who helped extend the Team Vegan matching. She wanted to relay this message to all of you:
I am enormously pleased to be able to contribute to your amazing fundraising for Vegan Outreach, and I am very grateful for your tremendous efforts on behalf of the animals.
If you could take a minute and send me a thank you for Joanna, I'll compile them and send them on to her. Let's make the deadline Sunday, 27 June.
Thanks so much!
anne (at) veganoutreach (dot) org
Sunday, June 20, 2010
If you'd like to help – and have your donation doubled, dollar-for-dollar – members of the Team who are close to $500 include:
The Animal Awareness Project
Thanks so much, and happy last day of spring!
In the West Highlands, we stayed in Cuildorag House, a vegetarian Bed and Breakfast in Onich, http://www.cuildoraghouse.com/. This is a great area for hiking. We enjoyed hiking on Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, and in the Glencoe area. Cuildorag House is run by Lisa and Iain Glaze, who are friendly and made us feel at home. In addition to a vegan breakfast, which was basically a vegan version of the traditional British cooked breakfast with tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, and vegan sausage, they offered a vegan dinner, which was great, because there aren’t many if any vegan options in the area. The dinners were delicious, with lots of the vegetables coming from their garden. I was particularly impressed with the pea and nettle soup. We also had a salad with some greens I’d never seen before, a wonderful vegetable stew, and a rhubarb tart for dessert. Another night we had a root vegetable soup, another great salad, a lentil tart, and a fried banana with a caramel and marmalade sauce.
In the Lake District, which is also great for hiking, we stayed at the Lancrigg Vegetarian Country House Hotel, in Grasmere, http://lancrigg.co.uk/. This is a larger establishment than the Cuildorag House and offers lots of amenties, such as Swedish massage, shiatsu, and reiki (non of which we took advantage of), but isn’t as homey because of its size. The food was great and they also served dinner, which again was very welcome after a long day of hiking, since there aren’t lots of vegan options in this area either. The vegan items on the dinner menu were clearly marked and there were additional choices that could be veganized. They had quite a selection. I especially liked their cashew nut loaf. They also had several vegan options for dessert, including apple and pear crumble and a decadent chocolate sundae. The breakfast menu wasn’t as clearly marked and initially it was difficult getting information about what was vegan from the wait staff, primarily college age students from France and other European countries with somewhat limited English. But with some perseverance, we got the information we needed and everything was delicious. There were lots of choices, including fresh fruit, fruit smoothies, tofu, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches, vegan burgers, and a vegan version of the traditional English breakfast.
Edinburgh is a very magical Scottish city that we love to visit for its sense of history, architecture, art galleries, and bookstores. This time we stayed at the Claymore Vegetarian Guest House on 68 Pilrig Street. Email: email@example.com. They are working on a web site. The Claymore is run by Cathy Meek and John McCafferty. Cathy is a wonderful warm person. We didn’t meet John, but he cooked great breakfasts, probably the best we had on this trip, which included polenta, potato scones, tomatoes, onions, and mushroom fricassee. This guest house is a bit away from the center of town, but there is a bus stop right in front of it, so it’s easy to get around. It pays to get an all day bus pass for 3 pounds. Another place we enjoyed staying in on a previous visit was the more centrally located Six Mary’s Place Guest House in Stockbridge, http://www.sixmarysplace.co.uk/index.html. They also have nice vegan options for breakfast. Six Mary’s Place is bigger than the Claymore. I preferred the personal friendly treatment we got at the Claymore, but the location of Six Mary’s Place is more convenient. There are quite a few vegan friendly restaurants in Edinburgh, more than we could go to on one visit.
We had two dinners at the David Bann restaurant, http://davidbann.co.uk/, partly because they are open all day, which was convenient for when we went to the theatre. They have some vegan options and many more items that can be veganized. The food was delicious and the wait staff were extraordinarily helpful. I was particularly impressed with a watercress, beetroot, and pomegranate salad and with their homemade smokey tofu with udon noodles. We also had dinner at the wonderful Kalpna Vegetarian restaurant, http://www.kalpnarestaurant.com/. We went to this Indian restaurant many years ago before we were even vegetarians let alone vegans, and it was here that I first learned what vegan meant. At that time and on this visit, I had the vegan thaali, which is a wonderful sampling of many different dishes. We also stopped by the Forest Café on our first morning in the UK for a cup of tea and some flapjacks, sweet bars made with oats, http://www.theforest.org.uk/index.php. It looks like this place is really hopping at night, but we didn’t see for ourselves on this visit.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
- If you’d rather have a Vegan Outreach t-shirt instead (see link above), please let me know, and I’ll see what I can do. These will be available as our current stock permits. They are available in ladies cut S, M, L (these run small – if you are a unisex M, order a ladies cut L) and unisex, S, M, L, XL.
There’s still time!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Remember, raise $500 by June 20, 2010, and you'll and receive our special Team Vegan t-shirt in your choice of a running jersey or cotton t-shirt!
Thanks so much to everyone -- your efforts for the animals are incredible!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Impressed by this wonderful team (100+ members) and your incredible fundraising, 3 donors have pooled their resources and pledged an additional $21,500 to extend the matching goal to $96,500! Wow!
The goal bar on the website will be updated shortly.
We now have the potential to put $193,000 to work for animals! Let's go for it!
PS: You might be interested in this news.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Thanks to everyone who has been working so hard to make Team Vegan a success, to help all our efforts for the animals!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I am taking part in the annual Team Vegan challenge to help animals and the environment. Some people run a marathon or walk for their cause, but I chose an even more relevant activity: a leaflet-a-ton to distribute 5,000 leaflets describing the damage caused by factory farming, and to help people make educated food choices.
You are invited to support me in this goal. Anyone who respects my dedication to helping animals by peaceful, respectable activism with Vegan Outreach, can show their support by a small tax-deductible donation here.
A pool of generous donors is double-matching each dollar raised – if you donate $10 (which you won’t even notice missing), you’ve just created $40 to help animals. This multiple matching opportunity will end tomorrow, June 2nd, 2010, but you can support Team Vegan until July 31.
Others have already contributed a total of $1,050 to my page under Team Vegan fundraising. Help me get to $3,000, and get the gratifying feeling of having done something thoughtful today.
Even if you don’t donate, you are welcome to check out [Vegan Outreach's website] and learn about this movement which, is gaining huge masses of supporters every year.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
contributed to the double-doubling, and we're trying to get everything up as quickly as possible. Team GreenBall is also back in training (Ellen took some time off after track season).
We're also trying to keep up with events on the official VO blog and Facebook page.
But we wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for helping raise money for VO's work, especially since it will go so far! So --- thanks!
Monday, May 24, 2010
member of Team Vegan from TODAY (May 24th) through and including June 2nd will be doubled immediately by this donor.
That's right – every dollar donated between now and June 2nd will immediately be doubled, dollar-for-dollar, by the same amount from our anonymous donor – up to $1,000 per team member!
And all the money contributed – including the doubling by this anonymous donor – will again be doubled by John and Fany in August! It is win-win-win* for the animals!
Among others, Team Vegan includes such outstanding leafleters as Michelle Cehn, Phil Letten, Darina Smith, Jim Hillman, The Animal Awareness Project – all of whom would greatly appreciate your support!!
Any questions? Please contact us!
* Example – Uncle Eddie and Aunt Nora contribute $50 to VO via your page. An additional $50 also goes up at the same time! Then, in August, John and Fany will donate and additional $100 to Vegan Outreach. $200 worth of booklets reach new people!! So please take advantage of this opportunity!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
· Do something that is outside your comfort zone. If you can currently run a 5k, say you’ll run a 10k. Or instead of doing one big thing (running a marathon), do two smaller things. Do a leaflet-a-thon and walk a 5k. Donors are more likely to give to people who stretch their limits (but not so much that they can’t complete the task).
· If appropriate, invite potential donors to come to your race or other event so they can see you complete your task! Donors always like to see follow through and know that it was the right thing to give money to you and Vegan Outreach.
· Give an incentive: do you bake? "Free vegan cookie with every donation!"
· Have a fundraiser such as a vegan bake sale. Contact vegfund to see if they would be interested in funding the sale (provided you meet specific requirements).
· Portray veganism in a light that appeals to each person you’re asking. If you know people who are into the environment, educate them on the environmental aspects of veganism along with the animal ones. The same thing with workers’ rights, world hunger, etc. Make vegan outreach an organization that everyone can relate to and has a stake in.
· Blog about your fundraising along the way. You can use this as a gentle reminder to friends who have yet to give. The more passion they see from you along the way, the more they will take you seriously and want to help you out. On the same note, if someone gets an update seeing that you only need to raise $200 more to reach your goal, they might be inspired to give that final $200.
· Reciprocate! When asking friends for donations, remind them that if they ever need a similar favor in the future (provided the organization is animal-friendly), you would be happy to oblige. Or if you have already donated to one of their causes, remind them of that.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
"Scott Jurek, a [vegan] Seattle physical therapist and ultramarathoner, broke the American record in the IAU 24-Hour World Championship run Friday in Brive, France, by covering 165.7 miles in the one-day run. Jurek, 36, broke the previous U.S. mark of 162.46 miles set by Mark Godale of Aurora, Ohio, in 1999."
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
The first thing that I have learned (and experienced firsthand) is that every body is different and reacts differently to various types of training programs. Some people can run 10 miles a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The majority of us, including myself, need to balance our training and incorporate rest days to maximize our benefit from running.
I started off running 5k Fun Runs, worked my way up to 10k's and half-marathons, and then sold my soul to the marathon. Eventually, I wanted to see what more I could do, and over the past 3 years I have been running ultramarathons, including numerous 50 mile and 100 mile trail races!
Like many of you, I juggle a busy schedule - full-time school, full-time work, family, friends, activism, and so forth. Running is a part of my life, just like eating, sleeping, and all those other things. I have experimented with many training programs, created a few of my own by adapting already existing plans, and I have helped and guided many friends, family, and even complete strangers in achieving their goals!
I want to help you achieve your goals and raise money for Vegan Outreach to help reduce animal suffering, so please contact me for any assistance!
Once we are in contact, we can communicate through emails, phone calls, or if you are in the Northeast Ohio area, I'd be happy to meet you for some training runs! I am donating my time and energy to help you, motivate you, and answer any and all questions that you may have!
Friday, May 7, 2010
I can't tell you how thrilled and excited I am that you have signed up to be a part of Team Vegan – and actively work to continue and expand Vegan Outreach’s efforts for the animals! As you know, we are dedicated to reducing as much suffering as possible per dollar donated and hour worked – so you can know we'll do our best to make your efforts has as big an impact as possible.
Some important notes:
1. GiveDirect – the third-party site that processes the donations without taking any fees (Vegan Outreach never sees your credit card information) – had been giving errors recently. It is back up now. If someone you know has tried to contribute lately, please ask them to try again. We apologize for the problems.
2. If you haven't finished registering, please complete your profile by midnight (Friday), so we can know who is going to be an active member of the team. Look here:
to see if your page is active, with an image uploaded (doesn't have to be a picture of you).
If you have any questions or problems, just write to me (veganoutreach (at) gmail.com) or Anne (anne (at) veganoutreach.org)!
3. If you have had second thoughts and realize you don’t want to fundraise for Vegan Outreach, that’s fine. There are two ways to opt out – just write back to me or Anne, or set your fundraising goal to $0, and we’ll cut your profile. Then you shouldn’t get any more emails, and we can keep the Team as lean and mean as possible!
4. If you are looking for a hook for fundraising, Mother’s Day could work! Or, as Anne said in the post below, you can ask people to contribute just because you are so right-on!
5. Finally, please let us know your thoughts, ideas, questions, needs, etc. In addition to this blog, there is the Team Vegan Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48622168203
Or just write to me or Anne!
We’re doing our best to have Team Vegan work as efficiently – and inexpensively – as possible. This gets more booklets to more people, but things may be unclear or incomplete at times. So please let us know how we can help you help animals!
For the animals,
Executive Director, Vegan Outreach
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Check out the team, with 69 members as of this typing (that's exactly as many as were in my high school graduating class)!
Kellie is leading the way, with $930 raised for the animals already -- well done, Kellie!
You still have a chance to be a part the team. If you complete your profile by May 7, a generous donor will contribute $100 to your fundraising efforts, and that $100 will be matched by John and Fany!
So please come by and set up your profile!
Already a member of the team? Start asking friends and family for fully tax-deductible contributions -- just send them to your profile page! GiveDirect (the site that processes donations with no fees withheld) was down earlier today, but it is up now.
Are you a donor who wants your money to go twice as far for the animals? Come by and make a donation to one of the team members, or donate to the general fund -- your contribution will be matched, dollar-for-dollar!
Thanks so much for being a part of this work!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
You can put hundreds of dollars to work for the animals by signing up for Team Vegan, or getting someone new to sign up -- details here.
I know lots of folks have signed up to do things other than running, but here are a few links for the runners:
NoMeatAthlete has set up a new site: Running on Plants. You can also read his VO story.
Coach Jay Johnson has a video up that he did for Running Times about a new way to start warming up. Here's an article on pre-race warmups.
And, as always, please contact us with feedback, suggestions, or other ideas to make this more useful for everyone. And thanks for your commitment to making a better world for all!
Above: Ellen, 15-year-old lifelong vegan, runs a 6:00 1600 earlier this month.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
As you can see in the posts below, there are lots of training plans out there (here is another one -- a 16-week marathon plan from Runner's World). Feel free to peruse the various links -- that's why we're putting them here! But don't feel that you have to follow any particular plan to the tee -- the goal is to have fun, get fit, and help the animals!
And please stop by the official Team Vegan site, and register to set up your profile. Thanks so much!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
This year will be much different, with more opportunities for anyone, anywhere to get involved!
That means you!
Don’t want to run? You can train for a walk-a-thon, or set a biking goal, or swim to get in shape. You can plan a leaflet-a-thon, walk dogs, cat-sit, etc.
If you do want to train and race, we will be developing various training programs for various levels and distances, and we can help you find (or plan) a race in your area.
The official Team Vegan website is now live! And, as you can see, we've also set up the Team Vegan blog, where we are already posting training tips, schedules, and links of general interest (see below) – please join up and post your questions and insights. The Team Vegan Facebook page is also back, allowing people across the country to interact.
Again this year, our incredible members, John and Fany will double the money you raise, dollar-for-dollar!
This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved with Vegan Outreach, work together towards a goal, and help the animals! Be sure to be a part of the Team Vegan blog and Facebook page for more updates, and feel free to contact us with questions or comments – thanks!