When a Marathon Isn’t Enough
One Woman’s Run Against Childhood Cancer
Where most runners this weekend will be using the first few miles of the Houston Marathon as a warm-up, one runner will use the entire marathon as a sort of cool down to a much longer run.
This weekend in Houston, TX, the Chevron Houston Marathon will not only have thousands of runners vying for the finish line, it will also raise money for a variety of causes and charities. One such charity, The Snowdrop Foundation www.snowdropfoundation.org will have Julie Millen running not just the marathon but 100 miles, running from Saturday morning until the end of the marathon on Sunday afternoon. She will do this to demonstrate the fight that children with cancer and their families have ahead of them. Julie is starting her run in Katy, TX Saturday morning. That’s right: She will run all day Saturday and through the night into Houston and finish her 100 mile run with the Houston Marathon.
This isn’t the first time Ms. Millen has run 100 miles for children with cancer. She has been running to raise money for Snowdrop the last four years participating in the 55 hour relay and, after Sunday, her third 100 miler against childhood cancer. Just three months ago, she ran 100 miles in Detroit and ended that run with the Detroit Marathon, all to raise money for a young Michigan boy fighting cancer.
“When I am tired from a full-day at work and being a mom and it’s cold, or wet, or hot out, I just think of what each of those kids has to go through every day, just to survive and I tell myself how fortunate I am to be able to go outside and run, even when I am tired. We have to do something to help these children and their families.”
In March, Millen and a friend, Emma Jeter, will each run the entire Texas Independent Relay course – 200 miles each, to raise money for four children fighting cancer.
If you would like to support Julie with her Snowdrop Foundation efforts this weekend or in the future, please donate to the Snowdrop Foundation at https://secure.marathonguide.com/HoustonMarathon/Donate/Donate.cfm?MID=17886&CID=726
Julie Millen works for BP as the Upstream Modernization and Transformation Office Lead, she has a supportive stay-at-home husband, Ben, who manages the house while she is training. She is the mother of 5 children, ranging in ages from 20 to 5 years old. Two years ago, she started a clothing company for active people called, Joules Athletics, which focuses on performance clothing for real people and real bodies. Her line of Super Model clothing can be found at www.joulesathletics.com.