Hey friends, I’m excited to announce that I will be running 200+ miles across Haiti. I will be working with a Non-Profit Organization called Work to raise money for families in Haiti. In February, over the course of 8 days, I will be running from the northern point to the southern point of Haiti.
Some of you may know that I run quite a bit. I’ve ran a 3:20 marathon, 1:23 Half, and training for a BQ next year. I didn't always run this much though. It all really started when I started running with some running clubs in LA earlier this year. And before I knew it I was quickly sucked in to the running community.
You’re probably thinking, running?
Yeah it's not the most exciting of things.
And yeah it’s a very LA thing to do. Go for your morning jog, get your overpriced green juice, go do yoga in the afternoon, etc. blah blah..
I guess that’s kinda what we do too actually...
But these guys made running look fucking sick. We turn up and show out. We do a bunch of crazy things. It’s more of a social club with a bunch of talented, amazing people, all brought together by the act of running. And It’s given me opportunities that I wouldn’t have thought possible.
Fast forward to when one of my friends decided to run 29 miles for his 29th birthday. Now this guy, Duy, was on the Haiti film crew in 2016 and was inspired to create a run club back in LA. And so they started a run club called Koreatown Run Club. And it’s been growing ever since. I run with other crews as well but this one will always have a special place in my heart. It was the first club I joined and it was probably the best decision I’ve made.
So when Duy asked if I wanted to run Haiti
Without really thinking
I said, Yeah.
In a way it sort of came full circle. I get to experience the catalyst that started the community that I hold so dearly. I made some big decisions this year and I probably wouldn’t have been able to do so without these people. I call them my running friends but they’re some of the closest friends I have now. They really are a family to me and it’s a bond that becomes stronger with every run, and every step.
The LA running community has been so kind and giving to me, so in a way this is a chance for me to pay that kindness and love forward for those less fortunate.
Run Across Haiti was created to show that Haiti is not a place to be feared or to be pitied and to raise funds for their work. Work accompanies families in Haiti out of poverty through good, dignified jobs. I know that this isn’t going to solve poverty or help all the people there. But this will be a step forward towards that goal, however small it may seem. And I know that through this run we’ll be able to pay forward the kindness, hope, and love that the running community have given me.
So, here’s to running, to family, to Haiti. 200+ miles with my two feet, with some of my favorite people in the world, people that inspire me, people that I call family.
It’s a crazy idea. But why not?
Let’s see just how far we can push ourselves.