I never thought I would start a blog, but here I am, just me and my keyboard, faced with the responsibility of spinning out clever phrases and citing impressive statistics. I’m a bit apprehensive, but I hope you all enjoy a post or two along the way.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a 23-year-old “ultra-runner” from Richmond, VA. I’m in the midst of planning a cross-country run to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club, so I’ve started this blog to keep everyone in the loop about the preparations and training before the run, and I’ll keep posting while I’m on the road as well.
Most of you know already, I love running, and challenging myself under uncomfortable circumstances, so a 5 month journey across the country on foot seems like a perfect project to tackle next. I promise you though, I’m not the only one. Runners are a weird breed. There are plenty of people out there achieving far crazier feats, so much so that I feel bad even drawing attention to this small adventure of mine. However, I would really like to help out the Boys and Girls Club as much as I can, and as such, I’ll have to get lots of people involved in the fundraiser.
I want to help the Club because I believe their philosophy is right-on, and their programs excellent. The Club gives kids – any and all types of kids – a safe, fun place to be after-school, during the weekends, whenever and wherever they need it. It provides opportunities for self-discovery, leadership development, personal challenges; and it always encourages children to go far beyond their potential. And they do so much of this through active programs and games – sports, outdoor activities, hands-on experiences etc. So many of my real-life heroes tell me stories about their childhood days at the Boys and Girls Club – my parents, my teachers, my coaches. And I can see what a positive, life-long effect their days at the Club have had on them. I want to help give other kids the chance to have that same opportunity. I hope the blog reaches people across the country and inspires them to support the cause. The blog will be separate from the fund-raising web page because the Boys and Girls Club already has an online system established for individuals who want to create their own fund-raising event. Both sites are linked to each other, however, and on this website I will also put up a list of other ways to help (offering lodging, running with me, leaving me motivation, etc)
I have the route planned roughly from LA to VA Beach, and at an average of 25 miles a day, with one day off a week, it should take me somewhere around 5 months. As I plan the exact route from city to city, I will post it on here. My fundraising goal is 25,000, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate any and all help from everyone. I’ll be writing to potential sponsors as the planning moves forward, and hoping that some companies along the way are able to help me out with food and gear. I’ll keep everything updated as it progresses. If you’d like to get involved, or if you know anyone who might be able to help with sponsorship or media interests, feel free to contact me by email: email@example.com or phone: 207.233.5292