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Friday, June 6, 2008
The Latest Adventure...Marathon Training
I can't believe it was two years ago that Bryant and I met and started training for the Lausanne Marathon in Switzerland. We took last summer off to plan our wedding and here we are again starting week 1 of 20 of our marathon training program.
We aren't nuts, and we don't love to run. We love the organization and people we are running for. Challenge Aspen is an amazing non-profit based in Snowmass that creates possibilites for people with disabilities. Challenge Aspen provides recreational, cultural, competitive and educational experiences for individuals who have cognitive or physical disabilities.
Have you ever skied down a mogul field next to a blind or paraplegic skier? They are why we run. Have you ever seen a group of severely wounded American soldiers learning how to ski and snowboard, and for some how to have fun again? They are why we run. Have you ever rafted down a raging Colorado river with a group of energetic autistic children? They too, are why we run. The aim of Challenge Aspen is to carefully orchestrate life changing adventures, giving participants the courage to learn something new, trust their own abilities and carry that ideal forward, reaching toward goals in other areas of their lives.
Bryant and I, along with my brother, Trevor, and his wife Amy have all pledged to raise $4500 each for Challenge Aspen, and we will train and run the Dublin Marathon in October with a group of over 60 people from the Roaring Fork Valley who have made that same pledge.
So, as the alarm went off at 6:30 this morning for my first of countless runs ahead, I was energized and reminded of how grateful I am to have the ability to wake up early and go for a run. This isn't about me.
If you are interested in donating to Challenge Aspen's cause and to help us reach our pledge goal, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any amount towards our $9000 goal is helpful.
Thank you in advance for your gracious consideration and for supporting the amazing efforts of Challenge Aspen.
Until the next adventure...