I'm returning to run the Golden Gate Relay for my fourth year! It's a 191 mile long race from Calistoga to Santa Cruz.
Why do I run? After my friend Carlos suddenly passed away, with grief and impermanence fresh on my mind, I happened to catch a documentary about the IRONMAN Triathlon. It ignited a drive in me to prioritize my health and how I move through this world in the short, mysterious time that we're alive. I've since competed in about a dozen olympic triathlons and a handful of running events to work towards completing my first IRONMAN 70.3. Since the running component is my weakest, I'm in this to get stronger, more confident, and to seek a love of running. Along the way, I've met people who are incredible endurance athletes (Hi, Tyler!) who have given me inspiration. Having this goal has gotten me back in my body and helps me learn how to pace myself (in everything in my life). I'm excited to include this race as part of my journey towards completing the IRONMAN 70.3. The Golden Gate Relay Race is just one step of the path.
The relay is also a fundraiser. Team Rabid Bunnays (thanks David for inviting me to join the race!) are raising money for ORU, which promotes organ donation through athletics (the transfer of the baton from runner to runner has symbolized the transfer of an organ from donor to recipient) and generates publicity regarding the shortage of organ donors. It supports transplant families who face life-threatening illness, and much more. Imagine you or a loved one so close to death, but not ready yet, and all that will save them is an organ transplant. (I guess it should go without saying that I'm also an organ donor... are you?)
Help me fundraise and support our team's goal!
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