A big thank you to all of our sponsors and everyone who attended this past Sunday's 9th Annual Legs Against Arms 5K Run/Walk. The race results are linked below. Keep an eye out for pictures from the event to be posted shortly and thanks again for supporting Physicians for Social Responsibility and our Violence Prevention Programs!!
Legs Against Arms has been a spring event for its first eight years but in 2015, the race will be held in the fall on October 11, 2015 to take better advantage of its Arcadia University location.
Here is a link to register for the event and to sign up to fundraise:
Forms are available under our registration section.
Check out https://500px.com/psrphiladelphia for photos from 2014's event.
Here is the initial plan for LAA IX:
Physicians for Social Responsibility’s 9th Annual Legs Against Arms
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at Arcadia University
As an outgrowth of our commitment to eliminate the public health epidemic of violence in the Philadelphia region, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is hosting the 9th annual Legs Against Arms 5K Race/Walk/Roll (with a 1mile Walk/Roll option) and educational event, at Arcadia University on Sunday, October 11, 2015. With a focus on initiating a change in our social norms, specifically those that celebrate violent behavior, Legs Against Arms IX will encourage youth and adults to come together to strengthen their legs, as they send a clear message opposing violence in all forms, while honoring loved ones lost to gun violence in our community. PSR is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization.
Our partners will provide interactive educational displays to provide participants with the opportunity to learn about the impact of violence in our community as part of a Celebration of PEACE that follows the exercising. PSR will highlight Project PEACE (Peaceful Endings through Authorities, Children and Educators)—a program of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office--that rests on the conflict resolution, peer mediation, anti-bullying and youth court education programs that PSR has served as “midwife” for in bringing to the Philadelphia area. We will also be celebrating children's vision of peace with our poster contest and with school displays. But peace involves more than children--we are inviting veterans, nurses, educators, doctors, yoga instructors, massage therapists, public health professionals and the families of those struck by violence to share their visions of peace with the larger community. A draft program for the day looks like this:
7:30 a.m. Registration opens on Arcadia campus
9:00 a.m. Race start
9:30 a.m. Celebration of Peace at Arcadia Commons Building Begins—Yoga, massage, exhibits and more open to the public
9:45 a.m. Race Winners Announced
10:15 am Poster contest winners recognized
11:30 a.m. Event Ends
New site, same commitment...
Past Legs Against Arms events have been held at LaSalle College, the Mann Music Center and St. Joseph’s University, but for PSR’s Sunday, April 6, 2014 Legs Against Arms VIII, PSR is bringing the event to Arcadia University in Glenside with the goal of finding a permanent home for the event moving into the future. Arcadia’s renowned Physician Assistant Department provides a direct medical link to the event and opens up the possibility of establishing a student PSR chapter at Arcadia that would connect students in the program with a wide network of socially active physicians and other health professionals. Arcadia’s School of Education already looks at school climate issues such as bullying and other forms of violence and LAA offers students and staff a connection to major resources for such efforts. The newly created Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics at Arcadia University provides another natural tie with LAA since LAA is essentially civic engagement at its root level. The event will also provide another service avenue for Cindy Rubino and all of the student volunteers in Arcadia’s Service Office. There is also an obvious connection between LAA and Arcadia’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution. Arcadia University’s School of Continuing Studies is another partner for LAA, committed as it is to providing relevant, flexible, and innovative programs to the region’s adult, professional and non-traditional, students.
LAA also offers the opportunity to reach out to the local community, in Glenside and beyond. The race itself, starting and finishing on campus and highlighting such attractions on campus as the new Commons and the stately Castle, would travel out into the neighboring community connecting Cheltenham Township officials and police to the event. PSR’s Race Director, Dan Brannen, has viewed maps of the campus and the community and he will work with university and local officials to create a certified course that both serious runners and the novice walker will enjoy. David Trevaskis, a longtime adjunct professor in the School of Education, is the PSR Board member coordinator in charge of the race and he is excited about bringing the spotlight of LAA to Arcadia as well as creating partnerships for Arcadia with PSR.
A huge thank you to all of the runners, walkers, volunteers, and spectators who came out in 2012 for the 6th Annual Legs Against Arms 5K! Despite somewhat chilly weather, it was an amazing day.
Our 2011 Legs Against Arms t-shirt, designed by Ashley Miller. Ashley, in 2011, was a 5th grader at Clymer Elementary. Congrats to Ashley!
Local runner Riva Johnson dedicated each mile of a 50 mile race to someone who had inspired her. The names were printed on sheets of paper, attached to her race shirt, and ripped off every few miles to reveal the next list of names.
So, who inspires you to run? Are you planning to run in honor or memory of someone at LAA?
Each year, many teams form to run in memory of those lives lost or affected by gun violence. Here are some of the stories shared by past participants:
"I am running on behalf of Tyrell Hinton, who in 1996 lost his young life to gun violence on the streets of Pittsburgh. Tyrell was the son of a very good friend, who has never been the same since that awful day in April 13 years ago. I have seen first hand how one senseless act affects many lives for years after."
"Last September, on the day before our students were to return from their summer break, there was a fatal drive-by - just outside the playground fence. The shooter used an AK-47. Had school been in session, it would have been rececss time. At Legs Against Arms, in order to make this city a safer world for my students and every other child in our city, I am running to end youth violence in Philadelphia."
"My immediate and extended family lacked a place to celebrate the life of my mom. We did not have a time that celebrated the good of her life without feeling the pain of our loss. The Legs Against Arms Run/Walk provided my family with the opportunity to participate in an event that she would have thoroughly enjoyed. We have the chance to remember all the traits we love about my mom with the people she loved most."
Dr. Dan Taylor says he is running because, "as a pediatrician working in a low income community, we have daily reminders of the direct effects of poverty on our most vulnerable, and vital population: our children. The social determinants of health in children that are omnipresent in many communities in Philadelphia include: developmental delays; stress; behavioral issues; poor nutrition; unsafe behaviors; and what Legs Against Arms and PSR have dedicated themselves to working against, youth and interpersonal violence. This plague in our neighborhoods strips families and children from a normal childhood and substitutes safety and hope with fear and hopelessness. LAA and PSR refuse to allow this to occur in our city. This event helps participants, our communities and our politicians realize that youth violence is not tolerated and our youth should be valued, supported, and prioritized. I am proud to have participated in this annual event since its inception and will continue to "run" for the future of our city, our children."
Thank you to our many runners, walkers, sponsors, and partners who participated in the 4th Annual Legs Against Arms 5K & Celebration of Youth on April 11! The event was an overwhelming success - beautiful weather, nearly 700 runners and walkers, over 500 youth, appearances from Mayor Nutter, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr and Deputy Mayor Gillison, and over 20 teams, many of which were running in memory of loved ones lost to gun violence.
The energy of the day was evident from the kids playing on the track to the runners crossing the finish line to the beat of the Phoenix Drill Team drums. Ultimately, this day was about remembrance and awareness. As Sean Allen, South Philly High student, put it, “I just think with us representing the people who didn’t make it – maybe it will make their families a little happier”. And a parent of a lost child, “I think about him every day. I just don’t want my son’s murder to be in vain”.