BENEFITING: The Sierra Club Foundation
ORGANIZER: The Sierra Club Foundation
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
As I was recovering from heart surgery in June, never did I imagine that I would be running a marathon, let alone Boston. These past two years I’ve put into practice experiencing life as a series of gifts, accepting that each moment as an invitation for some new possibility. One of those possiblities was taking responsibility for my long-term viability as a healthy human being. Hence my journey as a runner began and what a bounty of gifts it has brought.
Why support me?
My community has supported me and I have been able to do great things as a result. You supporting the Sierra Club via my Boston Marathon run will allow many less-fortunate to do great things who will then go on to support others. You will help perpetuate the cycle of support.
The opportunity to run Boston Marathon is a gift I have taken very seriously. My commitment to my training has been rigorous, never missing a single run no matter if it were -10˚ or snowing an inch an hour. Six days a week, I run.
I do this because I want to honor the fact that I’m even able to do this at all. So many of us don’t have the health, or the physical ability to run, or to be out and active in nature. When I discovered I had a heart condition earlier this year, I thought my days of running were over. So I do this for those who can’t, or for those that think they can’t and perhaps just need inspiration.
My enthusiasm for the outdoors has me dragging my friends, neighbors, and entire Cub Scout pack (60 kids) into the woods every chance I get. So when the Sierra Club, who helps people connect with nature, got wind of my story and invited me to join their team, it was a perfect fit.
Thank you for any contribution you can afford. Every dollar will help us perpetuate a great gift, the cycle of support.
I began my life as a runner April of 2014, less than one short year and 60 pounds ago. Early on I purchased one of those high-tech watches to monitor my activity. When I started posting my workouts, friends reached out concerned about my heart rate. I wondered what the problem was; doesn’t everyone have a heart rate of 235 BPM?
I was diagnosed with Atrial fibrillation and underwent an ablation procedure in June of 2014. The procedure was a success and I was able to run my first 10-mile road race a few weeks later. From there I was hooked; running two consecutive ½ marathons in the fall. I signed up for Vermont City Marathon, in Burlington Vermont as my first full marathon and began my training in January. Little did I know, many had been following my progress and my friend Chad Hussey connected me to the Sierra Club. Thanks to them Boston will be my first Marathon, with Vermont City a month later.
None of this would be possible without the inspiration and support from my three children and loving partner Suzi Craig. When I’m not training, you can find me out in nature with my family, navigating wooded trails with the scouts, or helping organizations realize their potential through my work at Fathom.
About the Sierra Club Outdoors –
Sierra Club Outdoors (SCO) helps connect people to nature benefiting both. Reaching across economic lines, cultures, and communities, SCO engages everyone, especially focused on veterans, military families, and under-served youth, to explore and enjoy the natural world.
Your generous contribution will help support our new SCO program called the Sierra Club Youth Leadership Academy (SCYLA). The program trains underserved high school students to become outdoor leaders and community-minded citizens.
SCYLA develops leadership skills by exploring individual character in terms of self-awareness, self-control, motivation, and empathy. Students complete courses and exams to become certified Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors' leaders. They will then be mentors and leaders on outdoor excursions for younger students. This training also helps them become leaders in their high schools, colleges, future careers, and in their own communities.
Sierra Club’s Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) provides opportunities for people with limited access to the outdoors – especially youth – to safely explore, enjoy and protect the natural world. There are 56 ICO groups nationwide, run entirely by volunteers, who actively engage young people who might not otherwise have access to the outdoors. These experiences not only teach environmental awareness and an appreciation for the outdoors, but they also give children the confidence to take chances and to develop their own leadership skills.
The Sierra Club Foundation provides resources to the Sierra Club for programs, such as Sierra Club Outdoors, to support charitable scientific, educational, literary, organizing, advocacy, and legal programs that further The Sierra Club Foundation's mission.