One Mile Per Hour. A Micro-fundraiser for the Red Cross
Beginning on Friday, April 17th at 12:00 PM Mountain time, I'll begin running one mile each and every hour. The first milestone is 26 hours to cover the marathon distance. The second milestone is to keep going until 2:00 PM on Sunday - 50 miles in 50 hours.
I have been a marathon runner for since 2007 and have completed 8 marathons in total. Marathon number 9 was going to be next monday, April 20, at the Boston Marathon.
Thanks to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Boston Marathon is postponed; I wanted to come up with a new challenge to commemorate the would-have-been marathon weekend and, more importantly, do something good and raise some money for the American Red Cross.
In 2018, Boston Marathoners raised $36.6 million dollars for charities. This is a small way to make some of that amount up.
Read on to find out why I chose the Red Cross.
How You Can Help
To support my participation in the inaugural edition of this prestigious event:
1) I'm asking my friends to make a donation to The American Red Cross.
Make it fun and donate a dollar for every mile you think i'll complete.
2) Share this page on your social media
3) Run a mile this weekend - you don't have any plans!
The Cause: Why the Red Cross Matters Now
-- The Red Cross is a critical humanitarian organization during times of crisis, exactly what the world is experiencing right now.
-- The Red Cross is responsible for 40% of the nations blood and blood components supply, provided primarily by donors.
-- Did you know that the Red Cross is partnering with the FDA to collect blood donations from recovered COVID-19 patients? People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections. Short of a widely available vaccine, finding effective treatments and therapies for COVID-19 will be an important way to fight the virus and save lives.