Two Transylvania County employees are helping out the family of another county employee by running 90 miles in the month of October to raise money for ALS research.
Jennifer Galloway and Teresa Curto of the county finance department started training for an employee 5K run at the beginning of this year.
“We found out we actually like running in some crazy way,” said Curto.
“I never thought running would be fun, but it is,” said Galloway.
The coronavirus pandemic cancelled the 5K, but not their determination to continue training during their lunch break.
“We had ate too many Christmas cookies and gained a lot of weight," Curto explained how it all began.
“The runners high is real," Galloway added.
With the help of a phone app, the duo trained for a 10K and then a half marathon.
"We have had people along the way come out and cheer us on,” said Curto.
“It really helped for us to keep running to keep our sanity, to keep fear regarding the pandemic out of our lives and our heads so we could still focus on the citizens of this county,” said Galloway.
“We figured out we weren’t going to die and hadn’t died yet, so let's do a half marathon,” said Curto.
Then, the opportunity to participate in a 90 mile event in the month of October for ALS research gave their training a higher purpose.
A coworker’s father diagnosed with an incurable disease presented Galloway and Curto a goal with a higher purpose.
"He has ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease,” said Samantha Salyard. “She just said, ‘I’m going to do this for you and your dad. You don’t have family here but we are your family.'"
“We have raised almost $700 and hope to get a thousand," said Galloway.
Once Curto and Galloway reach 90 miles at the end of the month, will they keep going?
“We are for now because I got some jeans to fit into this Christmas," Galloway said.