Announcing the No Meat Athlete Community Message Boards

First off today: THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the Semper Fi fund.

I was truly touched when, within an hour or two of my posting about it here, you had already helped me raise the 300 dollars I had pledged for my Marine Corps Marathon team, in time to meet the next morning’s deadline.

Now, at 850 dollars, we’ve far exceeded that goal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still donate up until the race day (it’s Halloween, and there is no truth to the rumors that I’ll be wearing a carrot costume).  It’s a great fund to help injured Marines, so I encourage you to contribute if that’s a cause that means something to you.

Plant-powered athletes, connect!

My friend Jose, who writes the Blood and the Sweat, sent me this photo from the Urban Cow Half Marathon in California yesterday.  Jose is a vegan and a guy I admire for how much he simply loves running.  With some people you can just tell, even online, how passionate they are about something, and Jose is one of them.

The photo is perfect for today, when I’m excited to announce a new section of the site, the No Meat Athlete Community.  Jose told me that the runners in this photo just happened to see each other wearing NMA shirts—it wasn’t planned.

But with the new community message boards, we won’t have to rely on coincidence to meet other vegetarian and vegan runners.

[Note: The message boards are now gone.  Spammers, you win.]

A way to get in touch with other vegetarian athletes

If you’re running a marathon and don’t know anyone in the city, you hop on the message boards and figure out who you can meet for dinner at a vegetarian place before the race.

In your home city, you could find a training group or organize your own dinner meetup.

And when the husband/wife kicks you out of the house, I mean, is there any more obvious place to turn than the NMA message boards for a friendly couch to crash on?

Besides facilitating face-to-face meetings with other vegetarian and vegan athletes, the Community section is the perfect place to discuss anything at all related to running, fitness, and nutrition, with people whose values and concerns about their diets are like yours.  (Plus, you know they automatically rule because they read NMA.)

So head to the message boards, sign up, and get the conversation going by starting a couple threads.  I’m brand new to this forum-moderation thing, so if anything seems screwed up, just let me know and I’ll get on it.  (And for the record, I completely stole this idea from my pal Steve at Nerd Fitness, where there’s a thriving forum community, for good reason.)

Hey, this sort of sounds like Running on Plants…

This may remind you of Running on Plants, the ill-fated community site I tried to launch a few months back.  Why “ill-fated,” you ask?  Well, it wasn’t for lack of interest.  The problem was that the site was built on a new platform that didn’t have much in the way of anti-spam technology, so spammers flooded the place with dumb ads, and I had no way of keeping them out while letting legitimate people in.  So I eventually was forced to shut it down.  The new Community is built on a much more common, proven forum platform called phpbb, so I suspect spam issues will be minimal and easier to take care of.