Bridget Quinn wrote -
Here's a thing you probably know: I'm a writer, a former high school teacher and the mother of teenagers. Here are things I'm passionate about: reading, writing, young people. What you may not know is that I'm also an amateur athlete. So when I wanted to support teenagers in this unsettling time, I thought: I'll dedicate an Ironman to raising money for young writers. For the past two years Narrative Magazine has hosted a wonderful "Tell Me A Story" High School Contest. This year's prompt - "Dear America" - inspired pieces that were heartbreaking and also hopeful. To read this year's winners, click here: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/2016-2017-Narrative-Tell-Me-a-Story-High-School-Contest. The contest is free to schools and students, but obviously takes significant resources to manage. "Tell Me A Story" started with just a handful of Bay Area schools, but this year it reached some 10,000 teachers and students in schools as far afield as India, Chicago, South Korea, LA and, yes, the Bay Area. This coming year, Narrative is hoping to reach many more schools, offering an esteemed international platform for young voice voices hungry to be heard. Please consider donating to my Ironman endeavor in support of young people. Here's the distances: 2.4 mile open water swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run - all completed in under 17 hours. Can I do it? I honestly don't know. But I do know that carrying the inspirational possibility of amplifying young voices will help me keep going. Ironman Santa Rosa is just one month away. That's not a lot of time to reach my goal. A donation of ANY AMOUNT is delightful and thank you!