In the last few weeks, in no small part due to the help and support of my friend and marathon-runner Kevin Washburn, I’ve taken up running. Currently, I’m reading Ryan Hall’s book Running With Joy. I find reading his physical and spiritual journey helpful as I prepare for my first half-marathon next weekend.
I am not that competitive by nature; I have no illusions of winning any races. I just like running. I like how I feel physically, mentally, and spiritually when I am running; especially when I’m running outside. One of the things about Ryan’s journey that connected with me is that the smallest things we do can make a big impact, both on their own and when added together with acts of others. In the classroom, that the smallest things, like actually smiling at a child, can make a difference in a child’s day or life.
Ryan and Sara Hall started the Hall Steps Foundation. It is started with the goal of ending global poverty. At first blush, it sounds almost laughable. However, it is their philosophy which resonates with me. No one can do this alone. However, everyone, moving in the same direction in support of a cause can make a big difference. Some of the initiatives that they are supporting are:
- “constructing community wells in East Africa to secure water access”
- “funding an orphanage in Kenya to ensure access to shelter and basic education”
- “sponsoring legal counsel for victims of human trafficking in Southeast Asia to enhance victims’ physical autonomy.”
With that goal in mind, I have signed up for my first marathon. I am going to be running the North Face Endurance Challenge in Bear Mountain, NY on 5/7. I would be honored if you would stand with me. I am asking for donations of $26 for this charity. $26 is a symbolic amount for the charity, although any amount, more or less, is definitely appreciated.
My initial goal is to raise at least $500. If you all come through and raise more than $500, I will register for the 50k instead of the marathon. I cannot guarantee a good time, but I can pledge to keep moving forward as we strive for this important goal. Thank you.
You can donate here:
Also, if desired, I will post a picture/link in the sidebar of this site for any donations over $100.