I won the lottery! And now I'm looking to give back. Not exactly...I entered the lottery to run the 40th Marine Corps Marathon, and I was selected. With roughly 30,000 runners, the Marine Corps Marathon or "The People's Marathon" is the fourth largest marathon in the United States and the ninth largest in the world. Come October 25 I'll be racing through my backyard, through Georgetown, up and back down Rock Creek Park, around the National Mall, just in front of the Capitol, before finishing at Arlington National Cemetery. Over the summer I'll be logging roughly 150 miles per month, and I'd like to be raising that same amount for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). CERF is the United Nation's standing reserve for humanitarian response--both natural disaster and man-made conflict. CERF makes money available when it is needed most--at the beginning of a crisis and after a disaster fades from the headlines. As of June 2015, the United Nations is coordinating responses to 37 humanitarian disasters, affecting nearly 80 million people. To meet these needs, the United Nations and other aid organizations have requested $18.8 billion and received only $4.8 billion. I'd like to help. Please help me raise the much needed funds to help others provide food assistance in Guatemala, polio vaccinations in Iraq, emergency telecom systems in South Sudan, and blankets in Vanuatu. Please check back regularly because I'll be posting updates and photos from my training.