Crowdrise Contest Updates:
- Donate $13 by March 30 to be entered to win the Air Swimmers Remote Control Flying Shark.
- Donate $26 by April 30 to be entered to win an iPad 2 and a hair curler.
- Donate $33 by March 26 to be entered to win a $500 Zappos gift card and a 2012 Boston Marathon Jacket.
My name is Crystal Marie Chinea, and I have qualified for and will be competing in the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2012. I have competed in four previous marathons, including the 2011 Boston Marathon, of which I was also a qualifier. My best time is 3:12:56 for the 26.2 mile race, and this year I am aiming to complete a marathon in under 3:10:00. I have been given the great opportunity of running as part of the Hall STEPS Foundation team, an organization striving towards taking small steps towards the marathon goal of ending poverty.
Founded by Olympic marathon runner Ryan Hall, the STEPS Foundation’s main focus is on tackling structural causes of poverty such as chronic lack of access to basic entitlements (clean water, shelter, physical security). STEPS partners with leading international and local nonprofits to fund projects that invest in sustainable methods of enhancing access to basic essentials. To-date, this has included: (1) constructing community wells in East Africa to secure water access; (2) funding an orphanage in Kenya to ensure access to shelter and basic education; and (3) sponsoring legal counsel for victims of human trafficking to enhance their physical autonomy. In the U.S., the Hall STEPS Foundation is funding youth mentor and running programs across the country that aim to position athletic activity, goal-setting and training to improve youth health, fitness and opportunity.
Olympian Ryan Hall and his wife, mid-distance runner, Sarah Hall, have both donated 100% of their prize money to STEPS, and they have been the driving force behind the organization’s efforts to build a grassroots movement of runners across the country.
By being a part of this foundation, I will have the opportunity to compete against high ranked athletes, while at the same time raise money to support a great cause. In order to participate in the team, I have been given a goal of raising $3,000 by the end of April. I am asking you and others representing community organizations to help me with this goal by sponsoring me for each mile of a marathon (26.2). Whether it’s $1 a mile, $5 a mile, or even $10 a mile! Of course any donation will be greatly appreciated. Please note that 100% of the amount raised by each participant goes straight into the organization, NOT to the athlete. The race costs were already paid for in advanced before anybody was even asked to join the team.
To learn more about the Hall STEPS Foundation, please feel free to visit http://thestepsfoundation.org/.
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**Anybody who donates will get a photo of me running the Boston Marathon, as long as I get your address!**
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