BENEFITING: FOR THOSE WHO WOULD INC
EVENT DATE: Apr 29, 2017
Do you know someone that would love to be more active, but is incapacitated by injury or a chronic disease? Someone that would, but can't?
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted! -Aesop
2017 will be a year I run for a cause greater than my own. I am excited to say that I have teamed up with the charity ‘For Those Who Would’, where +90% of the money raised goes towards the cause. This is amazing, and I am proud to support it. That being said, I want to spread the word in a unique way. The challenge I am looking to take on is to compete in 5 North American Ultra Marathon (26+ Miles) Obstacle Course Races (Actual Name - Spartan Race Ultra Beast), with New Jersey being the first in April. This challenge is extreme, and many have said crazy, but it is important for me to take on such a challenge. The reason this is important is because of how FTWW supports the OCR and Endurance sports communities. For Those Who Would is a certified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity based out of Richmond, KY with a mission to support individuals prevented from participating in athletic and physical recreational activities due to debilitating injuries or chronic diseases. We want to make a positive and meaningful impact on the lives of those individuals and to become the charity of choice for adventure and endurance athletes. For Those Who Would also supports endurance and adventure athletes by providing a mechanism through which they can raise money for their own personal cause that furthers the foundation’s mission. My Dad will be upset that I am writing it, but the following is why this cause is so important to me. Before teaming up with FTWW, I started running with the mantra of "If they could!". Long story short is that my Dad was on his way to getting into great shape and I knew he wanted to join me at a few OCR events, but has since fallen victim to chronic pain in his neck, arms, shoulders and spine. He lives every minute of every day in severe pain, and for the past two years it has only gotten worse. His pain eats at me and even though I can’t take it from him, even for just a day, I can push myself at every race and share my stories with him. Since this has happened, every time I race, or run an endurance event I am always thinking about him and others. The pain I am experiencing while competing is temporary. I am grateful that I have the ability to step up to the starting line, and cross the finish line, where others just can’t.
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