Stride Through the Holidays Recap (Spoiler: You Gals Rock!)

If you were hanging around the blog in late October last year, you probably heard about (and possibly participated in) our Stride through the Holidays Challenge.

Stride AMR Thank You

In case you missed it, here's a recap: The five-week, running/strength-training program was designed to encourage the AMR tribe to keep moving throughout the holidays: as they basted turkeys, hung a wreath, lit the menorah, decorated cookies, shoveled snow, and otherwise carried on through the most festive time of the year. In this season of giving, we also wanted to spotlight Heart Strides, our non-profit partner, and, in doing so, provide an opportunity to help all moms move (by providing new running shoes and gently used exercise apparel for moms with children who are critically ill or have special needs). The entire profit of the entrance fee ($25) went directly to Heart Strides.


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So, ladies, how much did you raise? More than $15,000!!!! And aside from a majorly impressive donation, you warmed the spirits of many a Heart Strides mom:


Liz quote for Challenge

Heart Strides founder Denise Dollar explains on the organization's, site: "We all know that making our health a priority is the best gift we could give, not only to ourselves, but to those around us. With the right gear; like proper running shoes, tech shirts, running socks and community; we can help our Moms move in the right direction. Wherever they are when they lace up, they will know that they are not alone and that we are with them every step of the way!"

Congrats, tribe, on making our challenge a rocking success and helping Heart Strides help our fellow mother runners out there.


Lara quote

6 responses to “Stride Through the Holidays Recap (Spoiler: You Gals Rock!)

  1. I loved being a member of this wonderful group of women, doing the same workouts, and discovering all the “fancy pants” out there!

  2. This is awesome! I am so glad I was able to come across the Stride challenge and participate. Thank you AMR for inviting all of us to help support this cause with something we all enjoy doing … running. 🙂

    And can I just add…. When I added my miles to the pile for the actual challenge day I remember thinking how 3.1 wasn’t much, but I was reminded of the story of the person throwing back starfish into the ocean and someone commenting they won’t be able to save them all and the person replied, “But I can save this one. And then this one.”

    Just like that story, each and every mile added up to be a giant blessing to these mothers in their times of need. Some of us were able to run marathons and some, like myself, were able to run a 5K. We each did what we were able to do and together it make a huge difference. 🙂

  3. What a wonderful recap to such a fun challenge that did keep me moving through the holidays. My heart was also warmed by the encouragement, photos and laughter shared. This black bottomed strider bought her first pair of fancy pants and love them. Let’s do it again next year.

  4. Thank you again to everyone that participated in this challenge in support of Heart Strides, and thank you to AMR for sponsoring it. What an incredible show of generosity and community, it tops the list as one of my favorite challenges. It was great to hang out with everyone during such a hectic time of year, your lively spirits kept us moving…in our fancy pants 😉

  5. I was a participant in Stride Through the Holidays and it was a wonderful experience. Other than fantasy baseball, this was the first on-line group I have participated in. The plan had some fun work-outs, and reminded me that even if you don’t have time for a full work-out, doing something is better than nothing. The BAMRs were nothing but supportive. In fact, we enjoyed each other so much, half of us joined a Still Striding group when the original group was over. Ladies were encouraged to sign up for races, stretch their goals and wear fancy pants 🙂
    And best of all, it was for a great cause!!!

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