|"we love to run together"|
I have been a runner for about five years now. It began with a simple benefit 5k for my hometown after it was hit by an EF3 tornado. That turned into a half marathon at another charity run in my hometown, this time to raise money for cancer research, in memory of two sisters who passed away 8 months apart. The following year I ran my first marathon as part of Team Hole in the Wall, where I collected donations to help kids with cancer and other chronic diseases go to summer camp.
See the trend here? Those early races fueled my passion for both running and for raising money for worthy causes.
Something inside of me wanted to know what it would be like to traverse those trails on two feet instead of four. Add to that the fact that I would get to see all my horsey friends on the trail, and I was sold on the VT100k. Last spring I decided that as soon as registration opened for the race, I would throw my hat into the ring.
I have long since been a part of Achilles International, an organization that provides guides for blind and disabled athletes. Setting up a donation page for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports was a natural extension of my love for helping physically challenged athletes reach their goals. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that my friends and family would help me raise nearly $3000 for this amazing organization.
I am so excited to be a part of this race, and to be able to support the charity in such a profound way. These athletes inspire me to be a better person. Whenever I get tired and want to complain about how hard the training is, I think about them. They put the power back in my stride and get me through the tough times. Every step I take is for them, and I hope I make them proud.