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Miles for Max

Organized by: Stephanie Ard

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EVENT DATE Nov 01, 2015

THE STORY:

(Fundraiser image: Max Maisel, 2013-14)

Please join me in raising money for the Maisel Family Scholarship at Fairfield Warde High School in memory of my dear friend, Max Maisel (1994-2015). 

This Summer, I will be competing in a Half-Ironman triathlon (70.3 miles of swimming, biking and running), and in the Fall I will be running the New York City Marathon (26.2 miles) --both in honor of Max.

My hope would be that the contributions would reflect the race distances..Please consider donating a dollar or ten cents per race mile.

You can follow my training journey on my blog: 

http://www.milesformaxmaisel.blogspot.com

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Endurance sports have become an essential coping mechanism for the trials I face in my life.  The miles in motion keep me sane and balanced.  I feel lucky to have found such a safe, healthy outlet for overcoming obstacles.

The loss I've experienced throughout my life has taught me the value of each minute of each day, the value of each response and reaction; it has taught me to let go of grudges, to express my emotions; it has taught me to be a better caregiver, to be more patient, to be a better friend. Loss has taught me to love and live in a way that I otherwise might not have.

I would say that has been the most significant lesson for me.. If one is open to the idea, loss can provide direction—it grounds us in a way nothing else can. It forces us to take a hard look at ourselves, and wonder if we are enough of the person we aspire to be.

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