The Every Day Runner: Joyce Lee

Joyce Lee runs. Alot.

This magnetic runner travels the world with two things: Her personality and her running shoes, and whether it's one mile or a marathon, she runs every single day.

I met Joyce in person on the bike during Ironman Arizona after a brief comment on Facebook about how much I adored her cupcake helmet. Total coincidence. Ignoring the rules about riding next to other cyclists, we rode side by side for awhile as the rain began pouring down over the freezing desert landscape. I don't know if she knows, but I grew miserable and cold very quickly (being completely unprepared for cold rain) and her conversation and bubbly laugh sure helped me not think about it. 

But rain, exhaustion, travel, or anything else you can think of is merely an excuse not to lace up. As of today, December 28th, 2015, she has run exactly 1092 days in a row (including one run that was done around hotel hallways for two miles).

“I don’t know what compelled me to choose running, but I decided I wanted to do something every single day for a full year. On January 1, 2013, I started running.”

Each run is unique and has purpose, but it didn't come without it's challenges.

“I traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, Canada, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Hawaii, Texas, Washington DC, Kansas, and Utah for work, races, pleasure, and USANA,” she says. “Everywhere I went, I ran.”

Suddenly, day 365 came and she wanted to do something to celebrate. She created her own "fun run" to raise money for the Children's Hunger Fund, which donates 20 pounds of healthy and delicious food to a struggling family with EACH run entry. The fun run has really taken off, partly because it allows runners to run wherever they are. No travel necessary! A medal and shirt are mailed to each runner after they complete the minimum of a 5k. 

Joyce's energy is absolutely infectious and her desire to simply help hungry families in need is truly making an impact in her community. As the entries roll in, so do the boxes of food. Speed doesn't matter, as the point of the event is to bring runners and non-runners alike together for a run or walk to simply help someone else.

To participate in the fun run for The Children's Hunger Fund, click here and include your address:

To Donate to the Children's Hunger Fund:


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