Melody Lea Lamb


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Help Me - Help Them!

My 7th Run For The Critters is May 24, 2015.

On May 24, 2015 I will run the Memorial Day Marathon as my 7th Run For The Critters. This is a FULL marathon of 26.3 miles! I will be raising money for Berkshire Animal D.R.E.A.M.S. A cat rescue group in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

View a photo slide show of all the Run For The Critters below.

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The Story Behind The Run...

The inspiration for my first Run For The Critters was born from a sense of gratitude. When my mother passed away in February, 2010 after a long slow "dwindling away", I worked out my feelings of grief and loss by running on our country roads. 

Having lost my twin sister, my older brother, my mother in law and my father, grief was not foreign to me, but this loss hit me hard. My friend Mark Hundley, in his book Awaken to a Good Mourning, suggests that we become a new person when we begin to climb out of the dark valley of grief and back into the light of living. 

As I was out running one morning, a month or so after mom passed away, I began to feel like I was finally climbing out of that dark valley.

And I was suddenly bowled over by a strong sense of gratitude! 

I was grateful that I could still run at my age, that I could run in such beautiful countryside, I felt grateful for many things. I wanted to give back somehow. Then an idea hit me: I'd run for the critters! Because, aside from my family and art, animals are what I love most. For as long as I can remember I've had a special rapport with critters so running to raise money for animal charity seemed like the perfect challenge and the perfect way to give back! I could set a goal of running a six-mile race while raising money for animal charity. That is exactly what I did. 

In September 2010 I raced in the George Coope Memorial Road Run in Adams Mass. I won 2nd place in my class, but felt I won even before I began the race with $1500 raised for animal charity!

I was so inspired and empowered by the success of my first Run For The Critters that I did it again.

Since 2010 I've run six Run For The Critters and raised a total of $10,048 for the animals! 

Thank you for Helping Me Help Them.

Where The Money Went:
I donated all the proceeds to these outstanding charities:  Old Dog Haven , FieldHaven Feline Rescue and Berkshire Animal D.R.E.A.M.S. 

Race Photographs:

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race training!

This year's Run For The Critters will be May 24 and I'll run 26.2 miles for animal charity!

2015 Goal: $7000.00

Last year:

I raised: $2900.00

You can click the button below for a "Quick Five" donation:

Or mail a check to:
Melody Lea Lamb
223 Egremont Plain Rd.
N. Egremont, Ma. 01230

2014 Sponsors:
Deborah Miller
June Irvine
Dave Carpenter
Linda Herzog
Bryan Berens
Patricia Kenny
Jaime Sotis
Felissa Gero
Lincoln Sotis
Rose Del Missier
Brenda Maurer
Christine Kwasny
Rae-Ann Winters
Joy Killfoile
Martha Revenaugh
Lisa McCabe
Elizabeth Heilmann
Judy Isserlis
Crystal Ogert
Brenda Lamb
Douglas Smith
Judy Miller-Lyons
Bonita Carter
Hatton Creations
Nancy Revenaugh
Linda Little
Pat Christianson
Mary Kay Chuey
Mary Hembree 
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