Kyle’s Run For AS

Kyle Settles is an educator, SpA patient and volunteer fundraiser for SAA! 

On Sunday August 20, 2023 Kyle is running the HUMPY’S GREAT ALASKAN ALEHOUSE MARATHON which is part of Anchorage Runfest in Anchorage, Alaska. 

SAA is so grateful that Kyle is bringing awareness of spondyloarthritis to the Anchorage region.  You can help Kyle raise funds for his run via a donation to SAA!  SAA recently asked Kyle, “why do you run?” 

His reply is below, Kyle is an inspiration to everyone living with spondyloarthritis.


Why do you run?

I get asked this question so often. Rather than deliver an in depth and genuine answer, I provide the curious with the typical, “it keeps me sane” or “I like the exercise.” Little do they know, there are a plethora of reasons why I voluntarily choose to put myself into this scenario.

I run because I can. Years ago, the pain was so debilitating that I couldn’t walk without a noticeable limp. I persevere through the difficult runs, because I know how fortunate I am to be able to have those. I treat running as therapy, a time away from everyone and everything. A time to focus on my body, my mental well-being, and of course my dog, Cooper!

Running is my release. A bizarre way to ignore the whole while also consuming everything. Powerful therapy that is here to listen and encourage while driving me to feel ever more empowered and resilient. A connection to nature and the music that drives each pounding step forward.

As I train for my first ever marathon, I pursue a dream that was once impossible. I do this for my three year old son to witness dedication, follow through, and joy. I do it for my wife, to honor the sacrifices she has made to support this dream. I do it for my father and sister, both cancer survivors and true bad asses! And I do it for those living with AS. Those silent sufferers who have fought for years to access joy. Those looking for peace, freedom, and accessibility.  

For 40 years, the Spondylitis Association of America has spoken out on behalf of all who suffer from spondylitis. By donating to SAA, you will directly contribute to much-needed public awareness efforts, educational outreach programs, research initiatives, treatment advances and the ongoing search for the cure.

Add your voice to our mission to be a leader in the quest to cure ankylosing spondylitis and related diseases, and to empower those affected to live life to the fullest.

Together, our voice is louder. Together, we make a difference.  Please consider supporting Kyle’s Run For AS today!

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