The Walk to Defeat ALS is a favored celebration of hope that takes place in Texas every October. For many, it is a time to remember and cheer on their loved ones who have been impacted by ALS. The walk is the perfect way to celebrate community and hope, but the walk often does so much more. For Sarah Mullican, the Walk to Defeat ALS inspired her to compete in the Houston Run for a Reason to support the ALS community in Texas.
Sarah Mullican was not an avid runner growing up. It became a pastime in her late twenties. In 2018 she heard about a Walk to Defeat ALS team hosted by her friend whose father was diagnosed with ALS in 2017.
After hearing about the celebration of hope at the Dallas Walk to Defeat ALS, Sarah knew that she wanted to do more for the cause. Around the same time, she had started running for physical exercise and was interested in competing in half marathons. That is when she heard about the Houston Marathon Run for a Reason, and she knew that this was the perfect opportunity to combine her love of running and her passion for helping others. She competed in the Houston Run for a Reason for the first time in 2018 and has been competing every year since.
This year she plans to run in memory of her friend’s father who passed from ALS in 2021.
Looking forward, Sarah plans to compete in the Houston Run for a Reason for as long as she can, saying that “It’s just very meaningful for me and I foresee myself doing it for a long time.”