I spent my entire teen years and a good portion of my 20s stuck in the mud so to speak. Check out this picture circa 97-98 for the proof!
In 2003 I had the good fortune to meet, my now wife and team MVP, Tracy. She got my you know what in gear and got me doing some form of exercise. In 2006, I ran my first and only to this point marathon in San Diego. As you can see by this other picture, it was not the most positive experience.
There is a saying though that "we are what we repeatedly do" and after a while I started to see some results and then even started to like it. Today, I owe much to running and the benefits its given me personally, physically and professionally.
I've also had the good fortune to have a great job marketing one of the best brands in the world, Bose, that has afforded me opportunities to meet very intelligent and inspirational people from organizations across the globe. That's how I got connected to Golf Fights Cancer (GFC). GFC taps into the passion and generosity of all golfers to raise much needed funds for cancer related organizations and families living with the disease. Founded in 2003 by Brian Oates (now of Kraft Sports Group) and Jay Monahan (now PGA Tour Commissioner) in memory of a friend and colleague who passed much too soon because of Cancer, GFC has raised over $7 million over the past 15 years.
We have all been negatively impacted by Cancer, and I have gone through the loss of more than a few friends to death much too early to boot. I often think how incredible it would be to have one more round of stories, memories (likely ripping one of us) and laughs with any one of them.
So I keep on running.
I run because its made my life so much better.
I run because it sets a good example for my kids - Max (8), Abe (6) and Tess (3).
Most of all, on April 15th 2019, I will run the Boston Marathon to raise money for GFC to support those fighting Cancer and remember those we've lost too soon and pass along the good fortune running has given to me to others who many be less fortunate.
Thank you for your support.
Sincere appreciation, Pat