Let the Races Begin!
June 30, 2016
BENEFITING: COLORADO OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL
This summer I will take on one of the most grueling, epic endurance challenges in the United States. I will be racing the Leadman series in Leadville, Colorado, a town that lies at 10200’ above sea level.
Within a two month period over the summer I will be racing:
June 18th -A marathon
July 10th – A 50 mile trail run
August 13th – The Leadville 100 Mountain Bike – in under 12 hours
August 14th – a 10K Run
August 20th – a 100 Run – in under 30 hours
Any one of these races alone would require a mindset that exemplifies Outward Bound’s core values.
“Tenacity in Pursuit, an Enterprising Curiosity, Indefatigable Spirit, Readiness for Sensible Self-Denial and Compassion”
This year I am racing to raise money for scholarships for Outward Bound students at both Colorado Outward Bound School and Northwest Outward Bound. I want to support young people to grow from the same experiences that taught me, and started me on the path I am on today.
About thirty years ago I took an Outward Bound course. It was a catalyst that lit a fire for me – seeking out different challenges as I grew older, rock-climbing, running, going to grad-school, trying new things I wouldn’t have imagined doing – like Leadman. I was also fortunate enough in the early ‘90’s to work for Outward Bound and was able to continue to work as an instructor through 2008. I got to see the sparkle light in the eyes of my students as they summited a peak, navigated as a team across of miles of mountainous terrain- without instructor interference. Guide a raft through white-water. Or the guy who years later approaches me and says - “you worked for Outward Bound? That changed my life.”
I would like to see others get the opportunity to take an Outward Bound course, to leave with the same feeling I did 30 years ago, and to find when they get home that they have more within themselves.
Let’s give others this opportunity – to garner the Outward Bound mindset. . Let’s make this happen – please consider a donation to the program. And follow my journey to Leadman at www.enduranceonthemind.com
From the Colorado Outward Bound Website:
“On a Colorado Outward Bound School course, students are gently pushed out of their comfort zone in order to help them understand themselves, each other, and the world around them. While the course experience opens these new horizons, the true power of Outward Bound manifests when students return home to their families, friends, communities, and schools and bring with them the life lessons they learned on course.
COBS offers courses that range in length from 8 to 81 days for youth, adults, veterans, business professionals, and community groups. Our courses take place in the farthest reaches of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, Alaska and Ecuador. Course activities include mountaineering, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountain and canyon backpacking, canyoneering and backcountry snowboarding and skiing.”