Gosh, everyone keeps telling me that I need to "tell people my story" in order to increase interest in raising money. Believe me when I tell you that it is not easy to just up and tell people about your self. I keep asking myself, "What do people want to know?" Somewhat unsurprisingly I have not yet come up with a good answer to that question so in lieu of a better option I have defaulted to deciding to tell you whatever happens to come to mind as I write this.
For starters I am really excited about running the NYC Marathon. My aunt is a NYC native and many time race veteran who will be running with me. I have only run one marathon before in my hometown of Buena Vista and that was a couple of years ago. It was my junior year of college and I was taking a double load of courses and so my training wasn't quite where I wanted it to be but somehow I not only survived the mountain marathon but realized I really loved running long distance. So here I am again with an entry in a big race and a lot of training miles ahead of me.
I guess it would be important to know why I want to run another marathon (other than realizing I actually like running) and perhaps why I would choose Back on My Feet as the organization I want to run for.
As far as choosing to put myself through the grueling miles of training and months of agonizing over times and distance run well... running provides an element of discipline in my life that I really crave. It isn't easy for me and it isn't always enjoyable but I find that when I commit to a long race and ask myself to put the effort forward to complete it than I have a sense of real satisfaction. It teaches me to be patient, disciplines, persistent, humble and courageous.
So that’s why I want to run the race but now on to the more important element to this equation why I chose Back on My Feet as the organization to run for. Well, if you aren’t familiar with BoMF you really aught to be. Here is what the organization says about itself.
“Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national for-purpose 501(c)3 organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living.
The organization’s mission is not to create runners within the homeless population, but to use running to create self-sufficiency in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. The program’s success is measured by how many Members obtaining independence through employment, job training and housing.
Through dedication and hard work, Residential Members (those experiencing homelessness) earn the opportunity to create a new road for themselves. Running leads to personal transformation and dedication to the program leads to access to training, employment and housing resources. Through community and corporate support, the program strives to change the perception of homelessness.”
I think that is enough about me for now but if I receive more prompts to tell you all about myself in greater detail then I will update this page. Thanks for taking the time to read through this! I so appreciate your support in running this race and in helping me raise money for BoMF.
Vaya con Dios,
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