BENEFITING: COMMUNITY FOOD BANK OF EASTERN OKLAHOMA
ORGANIZER: Community Food Bank of Eastern OK
Running my first marathon represents a major personal triumph for me, and I want to make sure it makes a difference in the lives of others, too. A $1,000 donation ($1 for every mile I log in my yearlong training) to Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma will provide FOUR THOUSAND meals to families in our community. More than 1 in 4 children in Oklahoma are at risk of going hungry. Please help by donating today!
The Route 66 Marathon is matching up to $25,000 in donations to their charity partners, so your donation will go twice as far, too! That's up to 8 meals for every dollar donated!
Read below to learn more about my running journey and why fundraising for my first marathon is so important to me.
I started running in February 2014. My friend, Paul Schmunk, had died in a motorcycle accident a little more than a year before. He was an incredibly fun and kind guy who approached new situations and people with optimism and enthusiasm. He was someone I truly admired. His death was a wake-up call to me that I was living a life I was not proud of, and it pushed me to make some personal changes. I tried a lot of new things in the months that followed his death, but joining a beginner 5k running program with Fleet Feet Tulsa was one of the hardest, biggest steps I took toward becoming a better me inside and out.
I struggled to run two straight minutes that first day, but I stuck with it. Along the way, I made new friends and found the benefits of running spilling over into my non-running activities. I cried at the finish line of my first 5k because I was so moved by how much happier I was since I found running.
Today, I've run three 15ks, six half marathons and one 25k.
Last year, after I finished the Route 66 Half Marathon, I swore that in 2015 I would run the full marathon AND find a way to make it count for others. I owe it to Paul to live an extraordinary life and do extraordinary things with the time I've been given. I think providing 4,000+ meals to families in need is a perfect way to celebrate my journey and honor the memory of my friend.