African running dominance. American eating dominance.

The 119th running of the Boston Marathon was held this past Monday.  Seven of the top ten men’s finishers were from Kenya or Ethiopia.  The exact same is true for the women, seven of the top ten were from Kenya or Ethiopia.  Last year, Meb Keflezighi became the first American male to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years.  This year’s Boston Marathon was another example of the African nation’s continued dominance of the marathon.

While Americans continue to train harder, and strive to improve in long distance athletics, there is one activity that Americans truly dominate and that is eating.  As a whole, America consumes more calories per capita per day than any other nation in the world.  With as much as America eats, we only rank 39th (out of 47 qualifying nations) in terms of fastest finishing marathon times among amateur runners.  While many Americans may dream of being able to run like Africans, millions more Africans dream of being able to eat like Americans.

The Global Aid Network (GAiN) is a non-profit organization based right here in Lancaster, PA that “serves the toughest places on earth by relieving suffering and restoring dignity.”  One of their focuses is to feed those who are hungry in third world nations as well as other distressed areas through their meal packing program.  The United Nations reports that 6.5 million children under 5 years old die every year due to starvation.  In 2012, GAiN was able to pack and deliver over 13 million meals to needy families through their food program.  On May 13th and 14th, as part of the Lancaster Go Beyond initiative, hundreds of volunteers will be working at Clipper Magazine Stadium to pack meals for GAiN.  For every 25 cents raised, 1 meal will be packed.  GAiN foodIf you are interested in participating, here are a few ways you can get involved.

1. Attend the Go Beyond running clinic held at Prana Functional Manual Therapy.  All proceeds benefit the Go Beyond campaign:

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2. Register for the EmPower 5K on May 30th.  All proceeds from this even will also go toward the Go Beyond campaign.

3. Donate time or money through the Go Beyond website.

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