I've finally done it. After over 10 years of running, and seemingly countless miles and races, I've never once looked to raise money from my running. That changes now. I'm excited to announce, and am inviting you to participate in, this fundraiser to raise $10,000 for a charity that has inspired me and I believe makes a real difference in the world: Free to Run. Their work and stories are nothing short of amazing.
Free to Run is a 501c(3) charity that seeks to empower women through sport. Free to Run works to support women and girls in areas of conflict through adventure sports to build physical, emotional, and social well being. They provide them with the tools to become leaders who exercise self determination, challenge negative norms, and boldly reclaim public spaces. Free to Run members are community leaders, advocates, and role models in their societies, bringing people together across cultural, ethnic, and religious lines. They change views about the roles that women can, and should, play in society.
I am inspired to start this fundraiser by the countless lives that Free to Run impacts every day. I am personally all too aware that my training and pursuit of my dream race is a hobby. Truly, the ability to train and travel to a race is a luxury. Unfortunately, many women in the world are not even allowed to exercise, much less train or race. As a father of two girls I am also aware of the challenges my daughters will face as women. Candidly though, what my daughters will face is nothing compared to what girls all over the world must overcome.
So why now? My participation in the 2021 Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc (UTMB) race on August 27th is a capstone of my running career. It is the type of event that I know going into, I may never surpass in my lifetime. I have discovered that tapping into your full potential - whatever it may be - is beyond empowering. It is self fulfilling. Once you get a taste of what you can accomplish, you want more of it. With that idea in mind, I hope that my adventures and the incredible work of Free to Run inspire you to make a difference in the lives of others.
With great appreciation,