BENEFITING: American Red Cross
EVENT DATE: Apr 28, 2013
Mileage Tracker: 5
There are two things I know about myself.
1) I have always wanted to run 5 miles.
2) I have never lifted a finger to help a living soul.
As I was loping through my standard 2 mile run today, I started thinking about the Boston marathon. Specifically, about the surgeon who finished the marathon and ran straight to the hospital to start helping people.
I'm not sure where I heard this story and it's possible I made it up. "Nevertheless," I said, "if that probably apocryphal guy could do it, then surely I can do something far less impressive."
That is why this Sunday morning, I will be PUSHING THE LIMITS OF HUMAN ENDURANCE in a 5 mile run to support the Red Cross.
This is not a race.
It is not sponsored by anyone.
It is just me, putting feet to pavement, saving lives, one foot at a time.
Wait … so you're doing this all by yourself?
Yes. The Red Cross has a great crowd-sourcing site where you can ask people to sponsor your own personal fundraisers. All of the money goes directly to the Red Cross. No greedy middleman sticking his greedy fingers in the charity pie!
How do I donate?
Just click the GIANT ORANGE BUTTON over there on the right.
Should I donate a lump sum or per mile?
Great question! I can't figure out how to ask for per mile donations. I think I would raise more money that way, because $5 per mile somehow sounds cheaper than $25. If you need to break your donation down and pretend you are donating per mile, simply divide your donation by 5. Whatever gets you through the day, man.
What happens if you don't make your goal?
Nothing! I'd love it if I made $1000. It would be great to make $500. Even if I only raise $50, it will all still go to a worthy cause. I'm going to donate $50 myself, though, so hopefully I will raise more than $50.
How fast are you going to go?
Slow. I'm not Mr. Fast Horse, you guys. If I can average anything under 11 minute miles, I'll be happy. I'll worry about speed the next time around. I will consider it a success if I run the entire time.
Can I join you?
Sure! I'll be starting at the mini-train in Griffith Park, running to Travel Town museum and back. 7 AM Sunday morning, on the dot. Message me or email and I can even set you up to take donations! Afterwards we can go to a diner and watch my daughter throw food at people.
How are you training for this event?
I will be running my normal 2 miles / day all week. Maybe I'll try to ramp it up to 3. The night before I will eat spaghetti.
You usually run 2 miles a day. Won't the shock of the sudden ramp-up to 5 miles kill you?
That is the chance I am willing to take.
But won't your nipples chafe?
How will we know you really did it?
The local and national media will be broadcasting live from the event (not confirmed). I'll also be running using the Nike+ app, so you can follow my progress on Facebook. If you hit the "like" button, I will hear people clapping in my ears. Technology! May we pray it never falls into the hands of the Russians.
Thanks for your attention … any donation amount would be appreciated!