Beth Ann Murphy via Crowdrise
August 20, 2012
BENEFITING: COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS OF BURLINGTON INC
EVENT DATE: Aug 26, 2012
JOIN ME ON THE COMMUNITY HIKE THIS SUNDAY:
The Community Hike will be on August 26 at Underhill State Park. It will start at 1pm and last a few hours. Everybody is welcome to join as we walk a five-mile loop around Mount Mansfield. We ask that a $20 registration/donation be made. Let's celebrate together!
A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
Hi! I'm Beth and ever since I was 10 years old I have been running on trails. I run for the love of the sport, the joy of being outdoors, and to stay healthy. My health and wellness has always been a priority. And, the desire to help others ascertain their own health and wellness led me to work in the healthcare profession, as a Registered Nurse. As a health care practitioner I see, on a daily basis, how often our society overlooks the need for preventative health care. However, there are places, such as the Community Health Centers of Burlington (CHCB), where preventative health care is the goal and, daily, is a work in progress. For over 40 years, CHCB has worked to serve the Vermont community in providing whatever it takes to provide health care to anyone and everyone.
Having spent over 10 years living in Vermont, and having been an active member of the community, it has always struck me that Vermont is a game-changer. In regards to health care, we are ahead of our times. While the major changes we have made may only seem to make a tiny ripple of effect on the federal level, I truly believe the small steps the Vermont community makes are changes that will serve as a model for many other states in the years to come. After living away from Vermont for a few years it has become obvious to me that the small Green Mountain State in the Northeast makes big waves, sets trends, and remains not only a state, but, rather, a community at large.
The Long Trail, the oldest known long distance hiking trail in the United States, stretches the length of Vermont for approximately 272 miles. It twists and turns through lush forests, climbs craggy peaks, and ducks into small towns. It is symbolic in that while it nearly slices the state lengthwise, it acts rather as a seam that ties everyone together. No one lives too far from part of the Long Trail. I am dedicating this Long Trail run to not only the individuals receiving the benefits of preventative healthcare, but also to those of us who are fighting each day to make preventative health care accessible, effective, and reliable to everyone.
This August, I am working around my nursing schedule in the ICU at Fletcher Allen Healthcare, covering sections, from south to north. I started at the end of July and plan to finish by Labor Day weekend.
Join the mission...run with me...donate...or support the cause by getting the support of your friends and family! It's easy; donate $20 and join the Team today!
HERE IS MY RUN PLAN:
Friday July 20th - Sunday July 22nd
MA Rt 2/ N. Adams, MA/Southern Terminus - VT 11 & 30 / Bromley Mt
Total Distance Covered: 58 miles
Saturday July 28th - Monday July 30th
VT 11 & 30 / Bromley Mt - US Rt 4 (Pico Peak)
Total Distance Covered: 48 miles
Total Mileage Covered by end of July: 106 miles, 166 miles left to conquer in August!!
Third Leg and Beyond
Brandon Gap (18 miles)
VT 108 to Sterling Pond (approx. 3.6 miles)
(a shorter post-turning 35 birthday run...)
Brandon Gap to Middlebury Gap (approx. 10 miles)
Bringing the total to 137.6 miles complete... which is almost exactly HALF WAY DONE!! :-)
Tuesday, August 14
Jonesville Road/US Rt. 2 - Nebraska Notch/Trout River Club (approx. 16 miles)
Wednesday, August 15
Nebraska Notch/Trout River Club - VT Rt 108 (approx. 10 miles)
Sunday, August 19
Sterling Pond - VT Rt. 15 (approx 12 miles)
Monday, August 20 - Tuesday, August 21
App Gap - Duxbury Rd. (approx 19 miles)
Friday, August 24 - Saturday August 25
Middlebury Gap - App Gap (approx 30 miles)
Saturday September 1st - Monday September 3rd
VT Rt 15/Johnson - Northern Terminus of the Long Trail/Canadian Boarder!! (approx. 50 miles)
FOLLOW ME ON MY JOURNEY WITH MY BLOG:
HERE'S HOW TO JOIN:
If you would like to join the Team, please create a Team member profile page with crowdrise and then print, fill-out and mail back the below Event Participation Form to CHCB. Also, please donate $20 on your personal profile page as a registration fee. All of the proceeds will, of course, go to the Community Health Centers of Burlington! Thank you so much!