Worth the Hurt began as an inspired description of the famously hilly and scenic San Francisco Marathon, but in 2012, the event has turned into a distinct challenge, and a new model of charitable giving. On July 29, 2012, The Wipro San Francisco Marathon will welcome six of running’s most prolific fund-raisers in an audacious challenge: to run the marathon twice, back-to-back.
The 52.4-mile endeavor is only the starting point for Worth the Hurt — a ground-breaking model for charitable fundraising development. The six athletes are aiming to raise as much as $1,000,000 throughout the year. The athletes will fundraise not only for the ultra-marathon, but throughout the calendar year.
Meredith Dolhare, one of the six Worth the Hurt athletes, selected the Women’s Sports Foundation as her charity of choice as a way to give back to the organization for all they did to advocate for her as a young female athlete and to promote their continued work to get girls active.
)) “I would not be the self-assured, undaunted by challenges woman I am today without the Women’s Sports Foundation, who advocated for me at a young age while I was playing competitive tennis, and changed societal expectations in a crucial era.
They really paved the way, and I would like to pay them back by supporting them through Worth the Hurt. So many young girls still need a push to get active, and it is imperative that they do.”
— Meredith Dolhare
Meredith Dolhare is a 38-year-old mother of two boys. A few years ago she was sitting at home lamenting a recent foot surgery. A former competitive youth tennis player and student athlete at ULCA and Vanderbilt, she was frustrated by her injury and the fact she was not as active as she used to be.
Her husband encouraged her by saying, “You just need to set a goal — something to look forward to when you are better. Do a race or something when it is healed.” Her response, “Fine. You know what? I’m going to do an Ironman,” which is a race consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run. Interestingly, Meredith did not even own a bike at that point. Since that day in 2008, Meredith has completed 12 Ironman competitions.
Today, Meredith is an avid ultra endurance athlete who races to raise funds for non-profits that make a difference. In 2012, Meredith is raising money and awareness for the Women’s Sports Foundation, a national non-profit that advances the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.
Despite Meredith's recent surgery, she will still be present on July 29 to support her team and lend her voice to the Women’s Sports Foundation.