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North Face Endurance Challenge 50 miles

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BENEFITING: National Blood Clot Alliance

EVENT: San Francisco Marathon 2014

EVENT DATE: Jul 27, 2014

Eric O'Connor

THE STORY:

The North Face 50 mile Endurance Challenge will be my 3rd 50 mile race since my hospital stay with blood clots. 

Why am I raising money?

For those who have asked why I run as much as I do or have even called me crazy: In 2011, I had DVTs in my leg and Pulmonary emboli (PE) in my lungs. DVT and PE = Blood Clots. I could barely walk around the hospital floor.

  • 100,000 people die in the US each year as a result of blood clots
  • 274 people die everyday in the US from a blood clot. This easily could have been me.
  • 600,000 people in the US will get a blood clot this year. 

The emotional and physical pain and fatigue I have felt running ultramarathons is not even close to what I experienced after blood clots. It has been a long 3 years but I have battled back. I'm a lot slower than I used to be but I can run again!

So why do I run?

Running is a constant reminder that I can go past previous barriers and push on. I run to show people that you may be stuck in a terrible place in your life but you can make it through.

This year, I run to raise awareness and funds for the National Blood Clot Aliance. If I can help one person beat life threatening blood clots I will. I hope you will help me too.

Races in 2014

  • Potawatomi Trail 100 mile run - completed in 25hrs 42minutes
  • San Francisco 52.4 miles - completed in 7hrs 52minutes
  • Chicago Marathon 26.2 miles - completed in 3hrs 19minutes
  • North Face Endurance 50 mile San Francisco 

A favorite quote:
"The toughest race isn't a distance....True toughness comes from overcoming personal limits. It's fighting against the internal dialogue in your head that stems from your body wanting to slow you down. It's overcoming the feedback signals from your muscles that say they're flooding with acid, or that your fuel stores are running dangerously low. How each runner experiences these sensations of fatigue is completely individual. No one else knows exactly what you're feeling and at what point you might give in to the pain.

Toughness is knowing when you've gone past previous barriers and tangled just an instant longer with your brain as it tries to shut you down. Only you know how tough you are, and any distance can test you." -By Steve Magness

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To This Fundraiser

$4,720

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kake Multimedia, LLC

    $25

  • Neibch Family

    $25

  • Trisha & Michael O'Connor

     

  • Pancho & Michael

    $25

  • Maury and Leslie Lieberman

    $33

  • Debbie Van Ittersum

    $50

  • Joe and Julie

    $50

  • Apple Match via Pancho and Michael

    $25

  • Jennifer Curnes

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Marj Russell

    $50

  • Jonathan Sands

    $25

  • The Van Dyke Family

     

  • Mark & Lynne

    $250

  • Brandon and Michelle Blanchard

    $50

  • C.J. and Sasha Schrunk

    $50

  • Shawna Russo

    $50

  • CLOT BUSTER

    $50

  • Gay Paris

    $50

  • Barbara

    $50

  • Ming & Cristina

    $200

  • Michelotti Family

    $52

  • Peter Batschelet

     

  • Karen Khodadadi

    $200

  • Anonymous

     

  • Daniel Bellini

    $100

  • Lucas Kraut

    $25

  • Philip vonderHeydt

    $25

  • Katie Perkins

    $50

  • Hosticka Family

    $50

  • Kathy & Joe Smith

    $100

  • Kyle O'Connor

    $100

  • Phil & Cali Bellini

    $145

  • Jim & Patti Guilfoyle

    $50

  • Jenn Uhen

    $50

  • Chris Menjou

    $20

  • Wassenaar-Frutiger Family

    $100

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118% Raised of $4,000 Goal

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The Team: $4,720 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Wassenaar-Frutiger Family

Wassenaar-Frutiger Family

DONATION: $100

So inspired by you and your run! Have a great run Eric! 4 years ago

Chris Menjou

Chris Menjou

DONATION: $20

Just keep moving 4 years ago

Jenn Uhen

Jenn Uhen

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Jim & Patti Guilfoyle

Jim & Patti Guilfoyle

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Phil & Cali Bellini

Phil & Cali Bellini

DONATION: $145

We love you E and are proud of you. Have fun! 4 years ago

Kyle O'Connor

Kyle O'Connor

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Kathy & Joe Smith

Kathy & Joe Smith

DONATION: $100

I know you'll have a fabulous run. Congratulations on exceeding your goal, way to go! 4 years ago

Hosticka Family

Hosticka Family

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Katie Perkins

Katie Perkins

DONATION: $50

Run, E, Run...and then run some more:-) Good luck! 4 years ago

Philip vonderHeydt

Philip vonderHeydt

DONATION: $25

4 years ago