Imagine you are a single runner. Even if you have been happily married for years, picture the following scene. You are out for a solo training run on one of your favorite trails. Up ahead, you catch a glimpse of the most attractive runner you have ever seen. This is your moment. This is your one chance to say something witty and strike up a conversation. You can’t afford to chicken out with a simple, “On your left” as you run past never looking back. You also can’t afford to be unoriginal. “Are your legs tired? ‘Cause you have been running through my mind all day?” is cliché and will not separate you from the pack. Your mind races as you try to remember all the cheesy pick-up lines you laughed about with your friends. Should you be funny? Sincere? Direct? Original?
At Run The Edge, we get excited when one of our virtual events coordinates with a live one. We announced at the beginning of September that we were partnering with Team Red, White & Blue for their fourth annual running of the Old Glory Relay (OGR) by raising funds via our Amerithon Challenge virtual event. OGR is an event that tasks over 70 teams to move a single American flag across the United States and Amerithon tasks participants to virtually exercise their way across the country. Yes, we thought it was a perfect fit too! :)
Sights, Sounds and Musings of a Daily Walk
Pretty, pink peonies in perfect pom-pom shapes, and purple varieties a plenty. There were peach poppies too, but I particularly prefer the orange ones.
A month ago we, interviewed one of our Amerithon participants, Jim Powers, to see what it was like doing the challenge as a team. Jim and his wife Deborah Lea-Powers are on a team together, striving to reach the finish line at the Washington Monument. After completing 2,016 miles in 2016 for the Run The Year 2016 Challenge, they wanted to find out how to stay motivated and continue staying active. Not only do they have to complete 3,521 miles to finish the challenge, but they get to virtually travel across the USA as they earn badges for each landmark they pass along the way. Read more to hear what it’s like to do the Amerithon Challenge as a two-person team straight from Jim!
"1 FLAG UNITING 62 IMPACTFUL DAYS BY MOVING OVER 4,600 MILES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, FROM SEATTLE, WA TO TAMPA, FL."
“Everyone on social media knows I was doing this race and now I feel so embarrassed. What do I say when they ask me how it went?” — Anonymous DNF athlete
Sometimes external factors are what drive us to make a change. For Rebekah, learning that a former coworker needed a kidney transplant led her on a path that changed her life for the better and is helping her give the ultimate gift — life!
Read Rebekah’s transformation story and how she is going to be a living donor.
Last July, I was perusing Facebook and I saw a post that caught my eye. It was from my friend Chris, an old co-worker of mine from years ago. I only noticed it because he rarely posts anything on Facebook, so I found it odd. It included a picture of a kidney and was asking for help. I thought perhaps a parent was ill and I went on with my day. We had worked together at a very friendly, close, family-oriented restaurant, so many of us stayed friends even after our lives took us elsewhere. That meant that Chris and I have about 40 mutual friends on Facebook.
CONGRATS on making the commitment to starting a new running or fitness journey! Wait?! Let me double check, you have committed to this thing right?!
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For our re-launch of the Amerithon Challenge, our chosen charity wear blue: run to remember founder Lisa Hallett is sharing the stories of a few of their program recipients. Today meet Seamus Donahue in Lisa's words: