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Run for Equity + Education: Ghost Train 100 Miler

Organized by: Meg Riordan

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EVENT DATE Oct 22, 2016


"Did you run today?"

People who have just met me sometimes ask that question.

I smile.

"Did you breathe today?"

I run everyday. Really. Snow. Two-feet of snow. Rain. Torrential rain. From the taiga of Mongolia to the cement of NYC, I run.

When I was a young girl, I ran as part of the sports that I played: basketball, soccer, softball. I was never the fastest runner on my team, but I had - have - heart. I'm the scrappy player that dove to keep the ball in-bounds during the basketball game. I'm the left-midfielder that ran and slid to defend the soccer goal.

I have been fortunate to be surrounded by people who believe in me. My mom and my dad. My coaches. My teachers. I have had access to swimming pools, ice-rinks, and sports equipment. I have a dad who played catch with me and taught me not to let other players "psych me out." I have a mom whose mantra is "go play outside!" I have been taught that practice can lead to improvement and that my body and mind are strong and capable.

I run everyday because I can. Because I like the feel of breathing air deep into my lungs, of being surrounded by nature, and the smack of my feet as they kiss the ground with each step. I run because it connects me to my thoughts, my body, and because it bring me joy.

At the end of October, I will be running a 100 miler: the Ghost Train Ultra-Marathon. It will be my first shot at 100 miles, with a course time-limit of 30 hours.

I think I can do it. I believe I can. And I'm sure as heck going to give it a shot.

The funds I raise will be donated to two organizations that are committed to supporting education and equity: the US Peace Corps (I'm a proud returned volunteer, Kazakhstan 1995-1997), and Girls on the Run, International (an organization that supports girls to activate their limitless potential and boldly pursue their dreams).

I've never run for donations before. I've always just run. This time, though, I thought: why not combine my run with the opportunities to contribute, even in a small way, to change for other people.

If you are so moved, donate. And if not, I still appreciate your support and belief in me.

Thank you! Meg

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