I love to run. A lot. To me it's a very peaceful and calming time that I get to spend with God. I have found that I really enjoy running ultra-marathon (any distance over 26.2 miles) distances. Last fall I did my first 50 mile race and am signed up to run 100 miles on October 8th at Farmdale Park in East Peoria IL.
Running this much and training this much takes a lot of time away from other things, one of which is my family. I am super thankful to have a supportive wife who allows me to pretty much run as much as I want to, she will occasionally bike with me or we will jog together. My kids have "ran" with me since my oldest daughter was 3 months old. I love pushing them in the single or double jogging stroller during my runs. We have some awesome conversations!
During my 50 miler, which was incredible experience, I felt like I was being selfish with my time. I did not and do not feel like I should stop running. So this time around I would like to use the ultra running event to raise support to a very worthy cause. When people ask me why in the world I would want to run a hundred miles, I want to be able to tell them that I am helping to provide resources to orphans all over the world. I want to run knowing that there truly is a purpose in running not just because Fred likes to run (even though he does and he is probably a little crazy)!
I choose Lifesong for Orphans because of their pledge to the orphans around the world, and because of the method that they go about accomplishing that pledge. Part of their method is to "... mobilize the Church, His body, where each member can provide a unique and special service: some to adopt, some to care, some to give". This speaks to me as a christian and part of the same body of Christ they are talking about. While I am not in the position to adopt currently maybe the funds that I could help raise will enable some other loving and willing family to adopt one of the many orphans around the world.