BENEFITING: Robin Hood
This December 1st I’ve been invited to run The Madhattan, a launching ultra-marathon around the island of Manhattan. There are three objectives to this run: 1) raise money for a worthy cause (optional, not mandatory), 2) test endurance, 3) have fun while you’re doing it, even if it is 32 miles long! On behalf of this run, I’ve chosen to support The Robin Hood Foundation. The Robin Hood mission is to eliminate poverty in NYC, currently concentrating on Sandy relief efforts. This is an awesome charity. If you’ve been wanting to help with the relief, but haven’t gotten around to it yet, this is a perfect opportunity! Seriously. Every dollar is making a difference. Always give!!! I’m asking you to partner with me in my last minute fundraising goal of $1,024 (32 people x $32 =$1,024 -- you pay $1 for every mile I run -- oh yes, I plan to run all 32 miles). I basically have a little over a week to meet my goal (no consequences). So I figure I better get crack-a-lackin’! Any amount would be GREATLY appreciated.
A little background for my inspiration...
This past November 4th I was committed to running, what would have been, my first ever ING NYC marathon with Team for KIds (TFK). After six months of adjusting my lifestyle to cultivate more time for running, mentally and physically preparing, fundraising, and getting emotionally amped up for the marathon, all came to a halt. Hurricane Sandy came to NYC and the marathon was cancelled. More important than the marathon, hundreds of thousands of new yorkers lives were deeply affected and forever changed. Some new yorkers became homeless for the first time ever. Lives and assets gone in a day. Certainly, americans identities were rattled. On some level, I think people, whether directly or indirectly affected, experienced an inner consultation and that dialogue went a little something like this: “What is most important to me? Is it my family? faith? job? possessions?...” etc. For some of us, that redefining moment challenged us to think on a broader scale: “How can I help others? What is my moral responsibility?”
My realization (“second wind”) was this, although I wasn’t able to prevent the storm from coming, I’m still capable of doing good and I play a significant part in a larger whole. My training wasn’t for nothing. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to raise funds for another tremendous charity and I'm truly looking forward to the MAD, but exciting challenge of The Madhattan!