Beth Ann Murphy wrote -
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. –Lao Tzu
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 healthcare practitioner I see, on a daily basis, how often our society overlooks the need for preventative healthcare. However, there are places, such as the Community Health Centers of Burlington (CHCB), where preventative healthcare 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 healthcare 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 healthcare, 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 healthcare accessible, effective, and reliable to everyone.
This August, I will work around my nursing schedule in the ICU at Fletcher Allen Healthcare, covering sections, from south to north. I plan to start in the first week of August because August 5th signifies ' Community Health Center Week', and finish by Labor Day weekend. Details to follow.
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'S THE RUN PLAN*:
Week of 8/5/2012: Southern Terminus to Brandon Gap
Day #1: Southern Terminus-Stratton/Arlington Road, approx. 35 miles
Day #2: Stratton/Arlington Road-Mad Tom Notch, approx. 22 miles
Day #3: Mad Tom Notch-VT 140, approx. 20 miles
Day #4: VT 140- US 4, approx. 24 miles
Day #5: US 4-Brandon Gap, approx. 20 miles
Week of 8/19/2012: Brandon Gap to Johnson (Lamoille River)
Day #1: Brandon Gap-Lincoln Gap, approx. 27 miles
Day #2: Lincoln Gap-Appalachian Gap, approx. 10 miles
Day #3: Appalachian Gap-Duxbury Road, approx. 20 miles
Day #4: Jonesville Road-Smuggler's Notch, approx. 24 miles
Day #5: Smuggler's Notch-Johnson (Lamoille River) approx. 14 miles
**COMMUNITY HEALTH HIKE** Sunday, AUGUST 26th: Details to follow!!
Week of 9/2/2012: Johnson (Lamoille River) to Northern Terminus
Day #1: Johnson (Lamoille River) to Tillotson Camp, approx. 25 miles
Day #2: Tillotson Camp-Jay Pass VT 242, approx. 12 miles
Day #3: Jay Pass VT 242-NORTHERN TERMINUS, approx. 12 miles
*The Run Plan's actual days of the week will be determined by who is running... those who commit to running on the Long Trail will come up with the schedule together as a group.
HERE'S HOW TO FOLLOW ME ON MY JOURNEY:
Up until the run, and especially during the run, I will be linking a blog (still under production) so that those of you who can't make it on the trail can follow along!
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!