Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for Registration for One to the CRY Seattle 5K/10K Run/Walk ($25 value)
- $30 for Registration for Two to the CRY Seattle 5K/10K Run/Walk ($50 value)
Runners meet at Seward Park on Saturday, August 29th at 9:30 a.m.
Registration includes participation in the 5K/10K Run/Walk, t-shirt, and snacks.
CRY America is a non-profit focusing on providing a sustaining change in children’s lives by ensuring basic rights such as food, education, shelter, and protection. The organization has various chapters across US, including Seattle.
The Runner’s High: A Dose of Happiness, One 5K at a Time
Once dismissed as myth, the euphoria some experience after a run or an intense workout is rooted in our brain chemistry—read on to learn more.
The runner’s high is that elusive burst of euphoria that can transform a grueling marathon into a walk through the clouds. Since endorphins attach themselves to receptors in the brain associated with pain relief, runners felt a high similar to that of morphine, only without a nurse having to keep up while wheeling an IV cart close behind.
For years, though, scientists doubted endorphins’ role. In 2008, however, German researchers used newly developed chemicals to detect the presence of endorphins in the brain with a PET scan. Comparing brain images taken before and after a two-hour run, the Germans showed not only that endorphins were present, but that they attached themselves to parts of the brain associated with emotions. The runner’s high wasn’t a shot of morphine—it was literally a love of running.
Still, more recent studies have altered even that theory. It now seems likely that the high results from a cocktail of multiple neurochemicals, each of which moves along its own neural pathway. One possible culprit is anandamide, which a 2012 study found in the bloodstream of both humans and dogs after exercise, suggesting it may have played an evolutionary role in developing humans’ distance-running and frisbee-chewing abilities.