I've always believed that you need a good reason to run a marathon.
"It's on my bucket list" will only work once and "because it's there" has the potential of you hating life at mile 15.
I've been training for the Marine Corps Marathon this season, and so far haven't had a specific goal in mind. And then Hurricane Harvey dropped trillions of gallons of water on my hometown, my mother was forced to SWIM OUT THE FRONT DOOR OF HER HOUSE, and almost 200,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.
All of a sudden I have something to run for.
I asked my mother if there was a particular organization in Houston that she felt was doing great work post-Harvey. Without hesitation she said the JCC. The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC is in the neighborhood I lived in when we first moved to Houston. I went to Pre-K there, I learned to swim in their pool, and it’s where I was punched by my “best friend” Jonah for not sharing the swings.
The JCC has set up a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and I would like to dedicate my marathon to help them in their efforts. Before the hurricane they had collected emergency supplies and were set up to be a distribution center for those in need. Their building has flooded, but they are working with volunteers and doing what they can to continue to help the community. See here for more details:
I hope you will join me in my efforts and donate. Run strong!