Many celebrities are willing to lend the occasional afternoon to help raise money for charity. After all, the events typically involve nothing more than showing up, or perhaps utilizing their craft to play a song or two, but today, singer Sheryl Crow spent her afternoon doing something a whole lot more arduous for a good cause.
The musician and her sister entered the St. Jude Country Music Half-Marathon and actually did surprisingly well. Crow finished the course almost a minute under two hours, which might have been almost forty minutes behind the female winner but was a hell of a lot better than most of us would do.
According to The Tennessean, Crow started training for the grueling race three months ago and built up her tolerance quite nicely apart from a thigh muscle pull that pushed her to the sidelines briefly. Following her finish, the fifty-year-old credited the steady stream of music for pushing her along, especially when she heard a very familiar tune.
“They played “Real Gone”. That was fun. The bands were great, and it was so uplifting to run along and have people play.”
“Real Gone” was written for the Cars soundtrack in 2006, and if nothing else, it certainly gave her something else to think about than running. I’ve been told by people who run that not thinking about running is a key to going long distances, but I’ll have to get back to you on the wisdom of that comment someday in the future when I too run long distances.
Crow herself ran for the New Hope Academy, a school serving less than privileged youths, but other runners championed their own pets causes. There’s no word on how much money today’s event raised for its title sponsor, but if you would like to contribute, you can do so over at St. Jude’s website.