While I’m not a “long” distance or typical race goer, I always love a good cause.
Several years ago my father-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer. This came out of no where to all of us. He lost his battle after a 3 yr fight. He was a great man and always loved to give, whether it be is southern cooking or home-made wine, he loved being with others and having a great time.
He was a man that truly made me realize you always have the ability to do something for others no matter the give.
Shortly after he passed I did an event, Hustle up the Hancock. This was a charity stair-climb of 94 flights (LONG FLIGHTS) of stairs. http://www.hustleupthehancock.org/ My team raised over $4000 for the cause. This was an emotional thing for me as I did this with friends and many others that have lost loved ones to lung disease.
Forward 2 years and I’m doing it again. This time the Susan G. Komen 3-day for the Cure. I’ll be walking 60 miles over a 3 day span. For this I’m raising $2300 to fight breast cancer and will be with hundreds of others who’ve also done the same. http://www.the3day.org/site/TR/2012/General?px=6345410&pg=personal&fr_id=1765&s_subsrc=bfscheduler&s_src=boundlessfundraising
I know that again, this will be a very emotional 3-days as so many join together for a common cause.
I feel as though I’m rambling but what I’m trying to express is that there is always a cause. There are always charities that need our help and I’ve found family and friends embrace my participation.
So I challenge you, for your next race or event, do it for a cause. The fundraising is strenuous but you FEEL so much more accomplished after doing so and others around you see that. Pay it foward.