So this will be my third time running with Team Living Water and my fifth half-marathon... Which is really just the craziest thing ever. When this all started for me, I was overweight, out of shape, and thought running was generally ridiculous. But God put on my heart that I needed to do this thing, so despite all the fear and doubts I had, I signed up. This was late 2010, and my kids were 7, 5, and almost 1. The next day, at work, I went out at lunch for a walk.. Walked somewhere between 1-2 miles and literally thought I was dying. But somehow, I kept going, and by the time the first team run came around, I was up to running 3 miles. That first year, I learned a lot about myself... What I can accomplish through faith and perseverance. I made some great friends from the back of the pack (one of the slowest that year) and also realized how much I actually enjoyed running. That year, through generous and encouraging friends and family members, I raised almost $1,000 for Living Water International.
I loved running the race so much that I signed up for another half later that year. I didn't know it at the time, but my dad had also decided he was going to start running, after seeing my race and my sister's the year before, and he was going to surprise me by running the half with me that October. In August, a couple months before the race, he was running and started having trouble breathing. He had a heart attack several years back, so he went to the cardiologist, and, long story short, discovered he had 4 blockages in his heart and underwent quadruple bypass open heart surgery in late August. The surgery was a great success, and his doctors said that running saved his life. Pretty funny, considering I had just felt the same way a few months prior. He ran by my side during my next half marathon with Team Living Water, less than 8 months after surgery.
So now, it's 2013 and I'm thrilled to be able to run for water again. It's very humbling to realize that by doing something like running, I am able to change lives in other parts of the world. Through your donations and support, we are providing not just clean drinking water, but hope too.
Please consider donating to this cause. $10 is all it takes to provide access to clean water for one person. I'll do the running if you'll do the giving. It will be great.
TLWSTL Team Site wrote -
We are a crazy group of runners that is running the St. Louis Half Marathon in April on behalf of Living Water International. We had great years in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and are looking forward to an even better 2013.
We appreciate any donations you could make for our team. Your donation helps support Living Water International, a great organization that provides fresh water to families in impoverished areas of the world.
Take a look at the Living Water International website (www.water.cc) or check out where our passion comes from at www.adventconspiracy.org. The stories posted their say it better than we can here. Please also check us out at www.facebook.com/TLWSTL to learn more about our team.
Please also check out the following video from LWI http://vimeo.com/34410891.