Running for music

This is an interesting story about a guy who ran over 48 miles in 8 hours to raise money for music education.

By running the ultramarathon, Bedford combined two of his passions – running and music. Bedford ran cross country and track for Indiana State after excelling in the sport at Terre Haute North High School. He also plays tuba in the School of Music where he is a music education major. Bedford and his friend, Jeff Andrew, ran to raise money to aid music education in Terre Haute. They accepted donations of $1 per mile and raised $1,000.

via: Indiana State University: ISU Newsroom

Buy a Song for Japan

I’ve written a few times about this. I know it’s off-topic, but I feel it’s important, so please bear with me. Our friends in Japan are going through a tough time with the unfortunate events that happened in March. Sadly, another earthquake hit them this past weekend.

They need our help.

I’ve posted a few ways to help that are somewhat related to this site (ie. music or exercise). Here are the links:

I just found out of yet another way to help. A couple of guys decided to record a song, put it up for sale in iTunes, and donate the proceeds to Japan.

The Song for Japan project is a grassroots movement dedicated to raising awareness while spreading a message of hope and love in support of those who desperately need our help. Please join this movement by downloading the special version of The Beatles classic, “In My Life” by Jon Levy on iTunes.

Check out the video:

More info and their story here: Song for Japan

Songs for Japan

iTunes, App Store and Mac App StoreI’ve already posted about the Run for Japan initiative, but if you don’t feel like taking part in that one, where you actually have to run, here’s another option.

From Apple:

As Japan recovers from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11, the world’s top recording artists respond to the tragedy with this benefit album. The 38 tracks include some of their biggest hits, featuring an exclusive remix of Lady GaGa’s “Born This Way,” Katy Perry’s “Thinking of You,” Bruno Mars’ “Talking to the Moon,” Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love,” and more. All proceeds go to the Japanese Red Cross.

Not really running/jogging related, but since it’s music and has a few good tracks, I thought I’d post it. Just click on the banner below (or above) if you’re interested.

iTunes, App Store and Mac App Store

ASICS provides support to Japan earthquake victims

In light of the Great Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake, which took place on March 11, 2011, ASICS Corporation, headquartered in Kobe, Japan has committed 20 million Japanese yen ($250,000 USD) to support victim relief efforts and reconstruction projects.

Good on them. I’ve been posting a bit lately about ASICS because I’ve been reading the content on their websites after discovering the “running releases more than just sweat” ad. I’m happy to have run into this article.

That USD $250k is not all their doing though:

In addition, each region will be making a donation of products including footwear and apparel to the victims of the disaster.


ASICS America Corporation, a subsidiary of ASICS Corporation, has offered to match its employee’s cash donations to the American Red Cross.

Great initiative. Support and encourage your staff to support.

ASICS Store New York (51 W. 42nd Street) announced that in addition it will be donating all proceeds from sales on March 18-20th to the American Red Cross.

Great all round effort.

via: The ASICS Blog | ASICS Corporation Provides Support To Japan Earthquake Victims

Run for Japan

This is a great idea and worth supporting. As everyone around the world knows by now, our friends in Japan have recently been hit by a devastating earthquake, a massive tsunami, and are now facing a nuclear crisis.

I’m confident they’ll recover from this tragedy, but right now they need our support.

Everyone’s support.

There are many ways to help. Apple has made it extremely easy by allowing you to donate straight from iTunes. I already made a contribution through there.

Another way, more relevant to JoggerTunes, is through the Run for Japan initiative:

Run for Japan is bringing together the global running community and showing solidarity and support through dedicating runs around the World to the people of Japan.

It’s a great idea. I’m dedicating my run this weekend to this. Here’s more information from the Run for Japan website:

The challenge…

To cover 24,901 miles (right around the world) in 28 days with at least one run dedicated from every country in the World. To achieve this runners around the globe are being asked to dedicate just one run to the people of Japan and donate at least one unit of their home currency per mile run.

The fundraising is done through Virgin Money Giving – Run for Japan. If you’re reading this, do it.