BENEFITING: COPS RUNNING FOR CHARITY
EVENT DATE: Oct 26, 2013
On October 26th of this year I'll be jumping on a boat, floating over to the Channel Islands, and embarking on a grueling trail run. I'll be navigating my way through Santa Cruz Island. The run involves 14 miles of awesome trails with well over 3,000 feet of elevation gain. Why on earth would I be doing this?? Well, aside from the exhilaration of it all, I'm doing it for charity. The event organizers are a charity group known as "Cops Running For Charity." Here's an excerpt showing what they're all about:
"We’ve run across an active fire breathing volcano and sprinted across a glacier in Iceland. We’ve raced up more than 4,000 steps on the Great Wall of China, and bounded 85 miles over sand dunes in a four-day ultra-marathon race through the searing Sahara Desert. We crossed Easter Island, running from one side to the other, racing between statue monoliths. In 2010, our team of six Ventura County Sheriff's Deputies returned from a 110 -Degree marathon in Siberia and last year we completed an extreme marathon on the trails of the Patagonia Andes.
Our 501(c) nonprofit group is Cops Running for Charity. Grassroots, our 6 Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies do this to help others while running races around the world. Your donations help. Along the way, we have raised more than $200,000 for local charities: Make-a-Wish Foundation, Children’s Hospital, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the ALS Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
All of us are parents. All of us Cops, and all of us, through our careers have dealt with many victims, but children who battle diseases that we see are some of the toughest. This is the reason we take on these challenges to tell those we help, “we can't match what you're going through, but we're going to try to have an impact on the quality of your life.
This year we are keeping our promise to challenge ourselves as cops to raise money for children.
Our motto is "The race isn’t over when we cross the finish line, but when we are able to present a check to the children’s charities.” Improving the quality of life for children and adults with serious illness is the driving force behind our running in such extreme places as Santa Cruz Island."
I’m fortunate enough to be the father of two happy, healthy children. I can only imagine the heartache other parents go through when their child is in need of help. All I ask for is a small donation to this outstanding charity. Anything you can give would be very much appreciated!!!
You can find more info about the upcoming run right here.