BENEFITING: BORGEN PROJECT
EVENT DATE: Jul 26, 2014
Hey everyone. First of all, thank you all for your support and for getting involved with the cause. I set this fundraiser up sort of last minute, and I didn't really think it'd be possible to raise $500 in a week. However, because you are all so awesome, that's exactly what this fundraiser has achieved. $570 dollars going toward reducing global poverty: it's a great accomplishment.
As for the race, I ended up placing 25th in a field of 164 males (332 total runners) and 4th in my age division. I ran the ten miles in 1:07:55, or at a pace of 6:48 per mile.
This was a training race for me. I plan to run a marathon in October, so I wanted to schedule some warm up races before then. I had set a goal of running this race at a 7:00 per mile pace, which would mean pushing myself but not going all out. I ran a little faster than that (couldn't suppress my competitive spirit) without feeling all that burned out, so I was quite happy with the end result.
I had some problems with my left shin for the first four miles so I had to begin somewhat conservatively, but I finished pretty strongly. I'm hoping to run this race next year at a 6:00 per mile pace, which is very optimistic but doable with consistent training.
The race environment was great. I saw lots of people I knew and I really enjoyed running through my hometown. At one point, I ran down a large hill that I remembered running sprints up and down during 7th grade track practice. Later, I smiled to myself when I ran down a small hill that I famously crashed going down on defective rollerblades during a high school gym class. I made sure not to fall this time. . .
It was really fun, and I'm glad I did it. Of course, it's even better that I could do it for a good cause, so thanks again for everything!
Hey everyone, I'm running ten miles to help raise money that will go toward ending global poverty! I'm an intern at a nonprofit called The Borgen Project, an organization that I think can play a crucial role in the fight against poverty.
The Borgen Project believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. We’re the innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.
From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture. We operate at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.
*Update 7/24: We got to $500! Honestly, I'm stunned—this race was supposed to be a small part of my fundraising for The Borgen Project and it ended up becoming the main part. I couldn't be happier about that though! And I just want to thank again everyone who has donated. You are all awesome.