So, it’s been a couple weeks since my last bloggy blog, but like I warned in that one – I was out of town, away from computers. I was in Orlando to run the 20th Disney Marathon. My head is still swimming from all that happened and I’m still working to consolidate the photos/videos, so I’ll blog about it in the coming days. In the mean time, I’ll fill you in in an unofficial race I was part of right before I left on the trip.
My buddy Coach Oscar runs for a cause. His father committed suicide a while back. Since then, he has set up some fundraisers to fight depression. One is a race in the Palo Duro Canyon: http://www.palodurohotdog.com/ I hope to be able to run in it this summer. Another is a non profit he’s organizing called Live Every Day, it’s aimed to serve Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention. It’s not up and running yet, but if you want to donate to this cause in the mean time, here’s some instruction: http://bswarms.com/swarm158
Anywhoodle, to help raise funds to launch the non profit, he decided to run 30 miles. Here’s the redonk map:
To get this done, he needed help. He’s not a big time runner. He runs 5k’s mostly. So a bunch of us helped him along the way. We did this by running portions of the trail with him, by providing sustenance, and general support.
I was able to join in the last 4 miles. He was hurting, but got it done. Here’s a video of the finish:
That’s it. One dude with a cause, workin to make it work. I was glad to be a part of it and hope to be more involved in the future. But it’s good to keep in mind that no matter what race you run, official or not, it most likely has a cause behind it. Some deserving charity is hopefully benefiting from your participation. When you prepare for your next race, take a few moments to learn about the beneficiary, and take some time to think of them during the event.
If you’re not aware, actor and runner Sean Astin has a twitter hashtag and web page about running for others. It’s this: http://run3rd.blogspot.com/ Basically, you run first for yourself, second for your family, and third for a cause of your choosing. Try to figure out who you #run3rd for, it will make the miles more meaningful. After all, it ain’t all about you son!
Haha, keep it up kiddos. Peace!