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Civil Living: Karen Civil Runs Nike Women’s Half-Marathon #WeRunSF

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This year, I took part in Nike’s Women’s San Fran Half Marathon Media journey. This race means so much to me because, I continue to run in my friends honor. March 17, 2007, I lost a great friend by the name of Joseph Miles III after complications from cancer that affected his lungs.

Joe was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in March 2006, but remained positive about his prognosis.

Nike celebrates the 25,000 women (and a few good men) who participated in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco, a race benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) mission to find cures for blood cancers and ensure access to lifesaving treatments.

The Nike Women’s Marathon Race Series began in 2004 to celebrate and motivate female athletes around the world. Since its inception, 245,000 women representing 54 countries and all 50 U.S. states have registered for the series — making it the largest women’s race in the world — and helped to raise more than $152 million for LLS.

I arrived on Saturday, the day before the race to see that my Nike Media Rep Jacie Prieto had arranged varies Nike running attire in the room for me.


Some of The Items included:


From the NIKE AIR PEGASUS 31 with Premium graphics that pay tribute to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The inside sole CONTAINED the “We Run SF” MONIKER, which came as helpful reminder with every step ran.

The NIKE ALL TIME FULL-ZIP 18 that feature a scuba hood and Therma-FIT fabric . The Front and back graphics also show support for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


NIKE ELITE GRADUATED COMPRESSION OTC Socks That are Sweat-wicking fabric and mesh panels provide enhanced ventilation and comfort with Amazing print detail!

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My favorite Item would have to be the NIKE+ FUELBAND SE Royal Court Edition. I was given 69/150. This is the first fuel band that actually fits my very small wrist w/o moving.


I spent Saturday touring San Francisco with Zim of the very popular Travel Noire website, who took me to see the Golden Gate Bridge. I was able to get a quick workout before we headed to dinner.

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Finally! Its race day! There were some changes to the event this year. For the first time, the course started at Stockton and Post in Union Square before running through Golden Gate Park and ending at Marina Green. The course was def. more challenging, a lot more hills this year than there were last year. This year’s race brought together elites and newcomers, with 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan and former Paralympic track athlete Sarah Reinertsen leading the pack. Of the quarter-million participants, 8,000 runners participated in their very first half marathon.

Below are some of the race Highlights! I def. beat my time from last year, but I still have lots of work to do! The part that makes it worth it? Each runner was handed a Tiffany necklace after crossing the finish! Reminding us that “Medal is earned, not given” .. Until next time! #WeRunSF

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