Pikes Peak Ascent + Marathon: Central Oregon Veteran's Ranch
Organized by: Natasha de Lange
EVENT DATE Aug 20, 2016
In February, I was diagnosed with a couple of blood clots that temporarily suspended my participation in endurance athletics. Doctors recommended no running, swimming, or other similar (essential) activities for three months. Three. Long. Months. If you are still reading this, you probably know that endurance running has become part of my identity over the last few years.
This medical recommendation threatened another part of my identity - my military career. Suddenly unable to participate in proper physical activity, I immediately felt unsure of my value to the armed forces and began to fear the outcome of the various treatments that were planned. After getting the go-ahead to train again in early May, I hoped to get through the first surgical event (to remove clotted veins and prevent more clots by burning other veins with lasers.)
Today, I am committed to rehabilitating myself from my currently horizontal state to running the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon (August 20 and 21, 2016: http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org) - and I am doing this to raise money for an awesome cause:
Central Oregon Veteran's Ranch (COVR), a 501(3)(C) non-profit organization: Set on a 19-acre ranch property located between Bend and Redmond, COVR is an agricultural community where veterans are actively planning sustainable agriculture projects (including raising and preserving threatened Navajo Churro sheep, and creating gardens that will feed veterans receiving care at the ranch.) Supportive housing and specialized care for veterans at end of life will be available late 2015/early 2016. If you are in the area, for a tour of the ranch please call 541-706-9062 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org