EVENT DATE: Aug 20, 2016
To this day, I’ve run probably 15,000 miles in my life. I ran collegiately at Iowa and UNI, and have since run countless half marathons and a couple handfuls of full marathons – three this past calendar year, even. This summer, I’m heading west to Colorado to attempt something slightly crazy – to run a 100-mile race across the Rocky Mountains in what has been called one of the toughest ultramarathons in the world, the Leadville Trail 100 – the race they call “The Race Across the Sky.”
It’s not because I have a thirst for adventure. I’m not having a semi-midlife crisis about almost turning 30, either. I don’t even like heights, so running a 100-mile ultramarathon that starts at over 9,000 feet elevation, crosses the treacherous Hope Pass in route to 12,400 feet and then descends back into the tiny mining town. I don’t even like staying up late, so running 20 straight hours in the sky is kind of out of my wheelhouse.
Because some people do have that thirst for adventure. Some families want to see their loved ones turn 30, and some of them have dreams of climbing a mountain with their loved ones. Some of them would never go to sleep if they knew they wouldn’t lose that person.
The Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City (and everywhere else they exist) helps ease the pain of these families, all of whom have a loved one with a life-threatening illness, by giving them a place to stay while their loved one is getting treatment. They offer a warm bed, a shoulder to lean on, a warm meal – whatever it may be that the family needs to get them through, all just blocks from the world class University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. And they run completely off donations from people like me and you.
And for them, I want to try something crazy – to help raise the money for a family who might have to travel far more than 100 miles to get treatment. For the people who just want one more night. For the people who aren’t ready to give up.
In 2005, one of my best friends in the entire world died of a brain tumor. He received a lot of his treatment at the UIHC – and for 7 years, I tried to find a way to honor him. A tattoo, pictures, none of them really sufficed – until I started racing full marathons for Team RMHC – raising over $1,000 for each marathon I’ve run to donate directly to this wonderful cause, always in his honor.
In order to race in August, I need to raise $1,000. But I know we can do better. We have to. So I’m setting my sights on at least $5,000 – a fraction of the cost of one 3-4 month session of chemotherapy. Join me on my journey -together, we can race the sky and help ease the hurt.
To learn more about the Iowa City Ronald McDonald House, click here: http://rmhc-eiwi.org/pages/our-house.php
As always, your donations are 100% tax deductible and are donated directly to the RMHC at the end of my fundraiser.