Have you heard about David Babcock, also known as “The Knitting Runner”? A professor, husband and father of four, David is also the current Guinness World Record holder for knitting the longest scarf while running a marathon in October of2013 – a whopping 12 feet long! And he’s up to more greatness this year. Just last weekend, with Lion Brand® Yarn Company as his sponsor for the second year in a row, David completed the Kansas City Marathon and crocheted the world’s largest doily!
Then, on November 1st, David will run the TCS New York City Marathon while finger crocheting to support Alzheimer’s research! Due to marathon security measures, David is not allowed to have tools or bags to hold his yarn, so he has perfected his method of finger crocheting with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn – how great is that?!
During this race, David will finger crochet symbolic flowers to raise awareness and support for the Alzheimer’s Association, and hand them out to people along the sidelines as he runs. Last year, David ran the marathon while finger knitting a double-knit scarf with the words “I’ll Remember For You” on it, another tribute to those affected by Alzheimer’s (pictured above).
David chose flowers because the Alzheimer’s Association has a flower tradition as part of their “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” events. All participants receive a pinwheel flower in a specific color based on their relationship with someone who has Alzheimer’s; they hold these flowers as they walk. He hopes this reminds people how devastating this disease is and how many people it affects.
Last year, with the help from donors like you, David raised $10,000 to support this cause. And this year, he and Lion Brand hope you can help again. And I’m doing my part to help spread the word! Alzheimer’s has affected people I care about – and it will affect many of us someday, so please donate if you can, and spread the word to your friends and family, so they can help too. Go to David’s official fundraising page here: http://lby.co/theknittingrunner – and donate and share this link as much as you can!