Greg Barnum wrote -
December 2012: Mindy and I finished checking on dogs that had been given freedom from their life confined to a chain, thanks to a fence built by the volunteer organization Fences for Fido.
After completing our service and meeting free dogs up and down the Columbia Gorge, we spent the afternoon watching 'Vegucated'. It is a documentary about 3 people that adopt a vegan lifestyle for six weeks and learn about the suffering of animals required to satisfy their meat and dairy filled diets. Their lives are forever changed.
At this very time I was also debating whether or not to run my sixth 26.2 mile marathon. The first five had definitive purpose:
#1: Seattle (1st Marathon & 1st Training Location)
#2: New York (World Marathon Major #1)
#3: Eugene (Home Town, Tracktown USA, Birthplace of NIKE)
#4: Portland (Current Home Town)
#5: Chicago (World Marathon Major #2)
I knew that in order to spend the amount of time and energy required to train away from my family, there had to be a purpose. The imagery of suffering that I saw in 'Vegucated' that animals endure to become food brought me to tears and inspired a reason and new way to run.
I committed to run the San Luis Obispo Marathon on April 7th, 2013. I, more importantly, committed to train for 30 - 50 miles a week for 18 weeks and run 26.2 miles on a completely Vegan diet. I also committed to raise money for a charity benefiting animals I had seen harmed. My choice: Fences for Fido. No harm would be brought to any animal during the training or running of this marathon. In addition, we would raise enough to build a fence to free a chained dog as a result of training and running this marathon.
The marathon is less than one month away, and I am on track with my training. I have maintained my commitment (with MIndy's extreme help) to a Vegan diet. In the end, I will encounter the most intense hills I ever have while running a marathon, and I will finish.
I ask you now for your support of Fences for Fido to help me complete this commitment