This past weekend, Almonds took part in another healthy activity in support of another charity organization raising money via The Color Run. This 5k walk/jog/run/dance/crawl/roll type of event has been dubbed "The Happiest 5k on the planet"...& I couldn't agree more!

This year's Los Angeles Color Run took place at Dodger Stadium. The parking lot was closed down to host a 3 mile track for over 10,000 people to walk/run on. At every kilometer, different colored arches could be seen at almost any spot of the parking lot, and at these arches, participants were drenched with food colored corn starch. Various colors that signified a certain kilometer acted as a form of motivation to give people energy to keep going. At the end of the race, its participants would gather in front of a stage for a quick color throw; here music would be playing loudly, shirts and color packets were given away, and a casual conga line seemed to emerge sporadically right before the countdown began and the crowd would be lost in the thick color coded con starch. Minus the anticipated traffic upon entrance and the difficulty of scratching off healthy layers of skin while showering, i must say that I completely enjoyed myself the Color Run. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Try atleast once!)

Although the 3-4 hour race was all about fun and games, there was still business to be handles as well. The cost to run in the race was $35 for early sign ups, and $45 for late members. Each signup receives a race packet that includes a shirt, headband, bib, tattoo, and one color packet. There were 2 waves (9am and 2pm) and each race had over 10,000 participants. SO, you do the math! The Color Run raised funds for Casa Colina. Casa Colina's mission is "to provide individuals the opportunity to maximize their medical recovery and rehabilitation potential efficiently in an environment that recognizes their uniqueness, ignity and self-esteem"

To Learn more about the color run, or to possibly participate in a race near you just visit:

www.thecolorrun.com

In the mean time. Please enjoy our pictures!!

 
 
On Sunday October 14, 2012, thousands of people gathered together in Los Angeles to support one cause. From the painted faces to many decorated costumes and from looking up to eight foot tall team signs to listening to the various team chants; the City of Los Angeles came together as a community to
support its surroundings. AIDS WALK directly benefits Aids Project Los Angeles (APLA), which has been
around since 1985. They work towards finding a better lifestyle for those affected by aids, reducing incidents of HIV related illness, and advocating better and effective HIV-related public policy.

Early Sunday morning, after a quick meal at the nearest McDonalds (Always put gas in the tank), Almonds was able to participate in such a presentation of pride, support, and even a bit of controversy; never the less, a good time. In the midst of the energy, the sun, and the plenty of free water and snacks, we were
able to snap a few shots to capture the moment. These pictures are posted below for your viewing pleasure.

Before closing, I feel empowered to share something I witnessed at the walk. Clearly, Aids Walk is literally what it sounds like, a walk; however, they do not discriminate and it is open to the running of little kids, crawling of dogs, jumping of cheerleaders and most importantly, those who may be physically unable to walk. As I came across the first checkpoint of the walk, I looked to my left and I noticed a group of friends, moving a little slow. One was in a wheelchair, another was wobbling on
a crutch, and the rest were guiding their two friends. As I looked over, they had all stopped. The man in the wheelchair stood up, to my surprise, and the boy struggling to walk with a crutch sat down. Instant inspiration! Although the boy could not walk for very long, he came off his wheel chair, to take a few steps in support of Aids WALK.

I hope this story speaks too many of you. It doesn't matter if you walk six miles or 6 inches, as long as you take one step at a time. Every step should count, and every step should move you forward; every single one should be the best step you’ve taken yet. Similar to the boy with the crutch in this story I hope that by us joining in on this event, we can inspire you to change as well. It’s as easy as taking one step at a time.


 
 
At Almonds we encourage young people to strive to make changes for the better. Whether it be helping a friend out, donating to a charity, attending one of our shows, or simply educating yourselves about the issues surrounding our society today. Many young adults in our generation don't think their vote can make a difference. Here at Almonds we're telling you that it does count and it makes a difference. Change begins with YOU. So if you're eligible to vote, we say GO FOR IT. Help make a difference. Stay passionate, educated, and most importantly believe that YOU can make a DIFFERENCE.