Lisa Chassy: Marathon runner to benefit Brown Dog Foundation

When, where, and how long is this marathon?

It's the Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland, on Oct. 26 and it's 26.2 miles.

How much money are you hoping to raise?

My goal is at least $4,000. Some of it will go to offset travel costs, but the majority will go to Brown Dog.

Why'd you choose them?

They help families with a temporary financial crisis keep their pets, providing medical care for emergency situations and ongoing conditions, like diabetes. The founder lives in the Nashville area, and they're trying to launch a national foundation.

Is the need increasing?

Brown Dog told me they've had a three-times increase in requests from people with qualified need this year. People are losing jobs and houses and a pet's medical needs don't always come at a convenient time.

You're already involved with local animal care...

I've been a veterinarian since 1994, and been on staff at the Young-Williams Animal Center since 2005. I'm also active in many other local organizations, like Animal Works—I'm on their board.

How do you think you'll do in Dublin?

My goal is to finish under 4 hours, 30 minutes, but, um, we'll see how that goes. I've been a runner my whole life, but didn't run my first marathon until last year, when I was 39.

How do you train?

Believe it or not, I do most of my running at 5:30 a.m., because when you have kids... I'm following a plan that's a little different, from Furman University—three good hard runs a week instead of running five or six times a week.

Do your pets train with you?

I used to run with my dog Spec, who's a rescue and probably an English Setter mix. But she's approaching 13 and just doesn't have the endurance anymore.

To donate or learn more, visit browndogfoundation.org/lchassy or e-mail lisachassy(at)gmail(dot)com