A couple of years ago, I was cleaning out my childhood bedroom and I found something I made for one of my classes in high school. It was titled "Things I want to do before I turn 30". I opened it, flipped through the pages, and much to my surprise, the only thing I had not yet accomplished was the last item on the list: run a marathon. It was humbling to see that I've accomplished many of my childhood goals, but it also bothered me that I never set aside the time to train for a marathon. I've long considered marathon running to be the ultimate feat of athleticism and I have wanted to complete one since I was a young boy watching my role model, my father, train for his first marathon 15 years ago.
"Cool story, bro. Why should I care about your marathon running pipe dream?".
I'm getting to that.
Flash forward to the spring of 2016 when Let Me Run finance committee member, Scott Boulware invited me to Selwyn Pub to see if I would be interested in joining the finance committee for Let Me Run. Not knowing much about the organization, I agreed to meet and discuss the details. After a couple hours, I learned everything I needed to know to recognize that Let Me Run was an organization I wanted to affiliate myself with.
What I learned from Scott that evening resonated with me. I learned that Let Me Run not only uses running to promote physical health of young boys but it also emphasizes their mental and social health. Let Me Run's focus is to make sure that the next generation of boys grow up to be great men.
About nine months ago, I officially joined Let Me Run as a member of their finance committee. I consider myself blessed to have been aligned with an organization whose core values parallel my own. Through running, Let Me Run tells boys that it is ok to be yourself, no matter how hard it is sometimes. Let Me Run also promotes active lifestyles and the importance of having healthy relationships.
I've been searching for something that I can do to make a greater impact with Let Me Run so when I got an email asking for applications for NYC Marathon charity runner spots, I jumped at the opportunity. In the application, I explained how sports has shaped my life in a positive way since I was a young boy and that this would be the perfect opportunity to pay it forward to the next generation.
Since I knew these spots were highly coveted, I did not think I'd get this opportunity but a couple of days after I applied, I got an email saying that my application was accepted. Never in my life did I think that I would get excited about receiving an email that says "Congratulations, you get to run 26.2 miles!" but here we are.
Many people have asked me why I'm doing this. I'm doing this because I believe in this organization and I believe in its message. If I can make a positive impact on even one kid's life through this process, then I know it was all worth it.
I want to thank you for taking the time to read about Let Me Run and my NYC Marathon fundraiser. If you can find it in your hearts to donate to help me accomplish a lifelong dream of mine and do so for a great cause, it would mean the world to me.
Many of you may be saying "Sure, Tim, but what is my money going towards?". That is a great question. Here are some examples of what your (100% tax deductible) donations will be used for/towards:
- $10 provides 1,000 Positive Peer Cards, which Let Me Run boys use to write and share kind words about their teammates.
- $30 provides 5k race medals for an entire Let Me Run team.
- $60 provides curriculum supplies for one Let Me Run team, which coaches use to teach boys about topics including healthy eating, self-respect and emotional expression.
- $110 provides a full scholarship for one Let Me Run boy.
- $150 provides Let Me Run shirts for an entire team.
- $225 provides 5k race fees for an entire team.
- $1500 provides full funding for an entire team for one season.
- $3000 provides full funding for an entire team for an entire year.
My equipment, race fee, hotel and airfare will be coming out of my pocket and I can assure you that your donations will not be going towards those expenses. All donations will go directly to Let Me Run and helping to grow these young boys into men. If you have any questions about Let Me Run or the NYC Marathon fundraiser, please do not hesitate to reach out and I'll be happy to help.
All the best,
Tim Mann Jr.