Pete and I are always balancing our desire to do good in the world with our craving for new physical challenges. This June, in celebration of our 10+ years of marriage, we are running in the 15th Annual Safaricom Marathon and Half Marathon in Kenya (Samantha is doing one loop--she's no dummy). We are running the race with our friends Christian and Heather Mango.
The course for the annual race, which takes place on June 28th, is set inside the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Africa. Apparently, a group of runners was stopped in their tracks last year by a herd of zebra crossing the course. Large game is kept away with helicopters, so we probably won't be in danger of getting plucked off the course by lions. We will, however, be running at 6,000 feet in 90 degree heat, with no shade. We'll be wearing hats and hoping for the best.
Each Safaricom runner is asked to raise funds for Tusk Trust. Tusk is an organization that supports wildlife conservation as well as improvements in education and quality of life for the communities in and around the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. As part of our trip to Kenya, we will visit some of these communities in person to see first-hand the important work that Tusk is doing in the region.
Samantha's parents have graciously agreed to stay with our three kids for 10 days while we're on our journey--hopefully, our dog Tenzin stays out of trouble and trash long enough to avoid making them regret that decision. The kids will have so much fun with their grandparents that they won't want us to come back.
We hope you'll send us collective good juju on June 28th when we're sweating it out, redlining on our heart-rate monitors while running away from all the horny rhinos.
You can also wish us luck between now and the end of June as we complete our training runs and try to avoid knee pain and IT-band issues.
Many thanks for your support!
Simi and Pete