Hello Everyone! Rob here with a holiday update on my our RAH2019 fundraising, training, and other debauchery.
Since Jacquie and I kicked off our fundraising 3 months ago life has been a whirlwind of running, work, adventures and fun. Back on Labor Day I traveled out to Oregon to take on my first ultra-marathon alongside my sister and best friend Will Hanlon. We all completed a 50k on Mt. Saint Helens, the landscape around this volcano was unlike any I had ever seen and still showed the devastation from the eruption that happened over thirty years ago. Thirty-one miles of running and a little over six hours after starting I crossed the finish line with a bunch more confidence about running across Haiti. Getting to enjoy a race like that with my sister and best friend is everything I run for.
Just over a month later in October Jacquie, Will and I were back at it in the Grand Canyon completing Rim to Rim to Rim, unfortunately I didn’t have the best of days. I only made it through because I had my sister by my side helping me get through the last 3 miles of our 42-mile day. It is reassuring knowing that I will have Jacquie down in Haiti to help get me through the rough patches of these long runs especially since through my training I have realized there is no avoiding them.
Fast Forward to November I had the opportunity to run my first marathon since 2013 in lovely Philadelphia alongside a couple of my most consistent training partners Krista Hohelnshilt and Jess Marchessault. Jess had very recently missed qualifying for Boston by less than 30 seconds, so it is not exaggeration when I say that she was a woman on a mission that day! Unfortunately, not everything always goes as planned and the security line and bag check lines were so long that we were in danger of missing the start of the race. Without hesitation Krista grabbed our bags and instructed Jess and I to get over to the starting line, this ultimately made Krista miss her start time and made her weave through more runners than she would have had to. Huge call out to Krista for being an awesome team player! Now for the end of the story, Jess and I accomplished our mission and ran 3:24:17 which is over 5 minutes faster than the BQ time. Post-race drinks were on me after Krista saving the day (by the way Krista still ran 3:21, hence her nickname Das Beast) and Jess crushing her qualifying time!
The biggest surprise of 2018 fall running was my little brother Brian asking me to run a half marathon with him in Central park. I agreed to run with him only after he accepted a “friendly” wager which was that he had to complete the half marathon in under 1:42:30 (the time it took me to run the 2nd half of the Philly Marathon) in order to earn himself a steak dinner in NYC, otherwise he owed me a steak dinner. Apparently I greatly underestimated him since he impressively broke that time by almost five minutes. Still I can take some solace in the fact that he motivated me to get a half marathon PR myself, so celebrating with a steak dinner doesn’t sound too bad!
Finally, I just want to say thank you to every last one of you for supporting my sister and I. It is so motivating seeing the number of people willing to donate, cheer us on, ask us how our training is going, and wish us luck.
Happy Holidays to everyone of you, your families, and loved ones!
I’m Jacquie and this is my little brother Rob. I completed my first Run Across Haiti this past February and came away with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. After telling my brother all about the run and the difference WORK is making in Haiti he was eager to sign up and see if he had what it takes to be a part of this impactful event. We are the very first sibling duo to be given the opportunity to Run Across Haiti together and will hopefully make some history by being the first sibling duo to officially complete the Run Across Haiti! The goal of this run is to raise funds for WORK. Work is an organization that supports families in Menelas, Haiti to provide them with the tools to lift themselves out of poverty forever, through education, job training and ultimately placement into good, dignified jobs. WORK provides wrap around support for these families until two heads of household are placed into jobs and can support themselves. Our goal is to raise $12,000 together to support WORK and the families of Menelas. My brother and I are eager to start training and preparing for this event, we are also intrigued to find out who is going to finish first even though it is not a competition. A little sibling rivalry never hurt anyone right? We would truly appreciate any support you can provide us for this journey. To learn more about Work please visit https://www.dowork.org/ and follow WORK on social media @doworkorg. Thank you.