158 days: We will not be deterred

I have a plan to raise $10,000 for some awesome organizations by Sept. 22, 2013 – the day I run in Ironman Lake Tahoe. We’re well over halfway there on the calendar… and about to kick this thing into high gear on the fundraising front! Raised so far: $4,257! Want to increase this total? Chip in a few bucks to one of our causes here, or find out how you can get involved by pinging me on Facebook or by dropping me a note.

Reminder: There are now less than three weeks remaining to double your donation to a couple of great causes. Until May 4 I’ve pledged up to $500 to match donations through our cause made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska and to the American Heart Association. Follow the link, donate, I’ll match it. This is particularly important right now as little Kyle continues his heroic fight.

We will not be deterred

The Boston Marathon. Every runner who has laced up his or her shoelaces and stepped across the starting line of a 26.2 dreams of making it to Boston on Patriots’ Day and racing with the world’s best.

I have three “dream” races, all of which you have to qualify to participate in and prove that you are amongst “the best of the best”:

  • Ironman World Championships in Kona. The famed 140.6 monster in the hot, humid, wind blasted lava fields of Hawai’i.
  • Ironman 70.3 World Championships outside of Las Vegas. It is hot. The course is challenging. This is the race I truly covet, as 70.3 is settling in as my preferred race and distance.
  • Boston Marathon. The marathon to end all marathons. (I’ve qualified in the past, but couldn’t run due to a partially torn Achilles tendon that required a long recovery.)

The events in Boston on Monday are tragic. We’ve all seen the footage, read the stories, witnessed the brave people that didn’t run from the devastation, but directly into the mayhem to provide whatever possible help they could.

What sticks in my mind isn’t the cowardice of those who did this terrible deed. It is how Boston and the endurance community have responded. We’ve all heard the stories. Runners who just finished 26.2 miles heading straight to blood donations centers. Spontaneous solidarity runs taking place across the country and world. Even something as simple as endurance athletes wearing event shirts as a simple sign of support and solidarity.

The message is simple, strong, and resounding. You won’t stop us. We’ll gather again this weekend in London to run the marathon. We’ll gather again in Utah to compete in a half Ironman in a couple of weeks. Ragnar relays will go forward across the country. Runners, cyclists, athletes of all types, shapes, sizes, and abilities will toe up to the starting line or head out their front doors this weekend, today, and tomorrow. I will always chase down those dream races.

We will not be deterred

We will continue chasing our dreams


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