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Be Strong Stay Strong

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Information about the charity and the family involved, from the people who know them.


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In Uncategorized on April 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Over the weekend there was an article in the Charlotte Observer about Nicole, Erika, and Michael. Both Nicole and Erika have severe injuries to their legs and Erika had her left leg amputated below the knee. Also I found an article in Swimming World Magazine about the Be Strong Stay Strong Fund.

Please go to my pledge page to help make a difference for this family. I was able to get in touch with some people involved in the creation and maintenance of the charity and they have all been incredibly supportive of this idea. If you want to help by making a donation now instead of pledging money for later, please go to the fund’s website and make a donation.

Why I’m Doing This

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I’m starting this blog two days after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Like a lot of runners, the news that terrorist(s) had attacked the Boston Marathon shattered me. I’ve run it three times and even though I’ve never run particularly well there, the crowd and the history and the competition make it the standard that every marathon is measured against. I thought back to how much fun I’ve had in Boston after the race and how hard people work to get their Boston Qualifiers and it just made me sick that all of that could be ruined. The news of the casualties was more than I could handle; the whole day I felt like I was getting punched in the stomach. For me, the thing that kept me coming back to Boston was the crowd, and that somebody would specifically target the selfless people cheering on the marathoners at the finish was sickening. As I explain in the “About Me” section of this blog, I know I’m nothing special in the world of running. But this gives me the opportunity to try to give something back to the Boston community, and especially the people who were injured or lost friends and family members.

I had the idea to do a double Boston Marathon after my last race there in 2011. I have never been able to run as fast as I thought I could in Boston, even with the perfect weather in 2011. I thought it would be a fun challenge, and relieve some of the self-applied pressure to run super fast at Boston. Since you have to get up so early to catch the bus to the start anyway, I toyed with the idea of running from the finish to the start, then running the race. In the end I talked myself out of it because I thought I’d feel like I would have to explain to everybody why I ran the marathon so slowly.

Instead, I’m viewing it as a 52.4 mile race against the clock. My time won’t be the official Boston Marathon clock, but the time from when I cross the finish line on Boylston Street until I return with my fellow marathoners. That is why I’m setting up the pledge drive as a performance-based fundraiser. I know I can run 52.4 miles; the goal is to do it as fast as I can, while helping out those hurt by the attacks and taking part in the Boston Marathon and showing the terrorists that they haven’t won. I know I’ll never do anything really special as a runner, but I want to use what little talent I have to do some good.


In Uncategorized on April 18, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Some of you are probably (definitely) reading through this stuff and saying, “This is just a gimmick to get attention.  Why not just run the marathon as fast as you can?”  And I agree with you, it is a gimmick.  That’s kind of the point I was trying to make in the “About Me” and “Why I’m Doing This” sections.  I’m trying to raise money for charity so I need to do something special.  I’m never going to run the kind of marathon times that will make me really stand out of the pack.

So to get people to take notice and pledge money I need a gimmick.  I know I’m not the fastest marathoner out there and I’m definitely not the best ultra-marathoner, but most people who can run a 2:30 marathon wouldn’t want to “waste” an opportunity to run fast and get a high place at Boston.  But I don’t think I’m wasting my opportunity if I can help some people who were affected by the bombings.  I think helping out a charity will do more good than running another 2:30 marathon, and in order to bring in as much money as I can, I need to get maximum exposure.  Thus, the gimmick of the double marathon. 

Frankly, if I can complete it in under 6 hours (6:52 pace), I will be as satisfied as if I ran a sub 2:30 at Boston.  And I definitely think I can make more money for charity by doing this “stunt” than by being just another 2:30 marathoner.

Finally, I know there are some people who do a version of this every year (although I think they usually take some time at the start before they start the second marathon and I’m planning on timing it to have as little rest as possible).  If anybody knows what the fastest time is for the double, please let me know.

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