Fall is upon us… the kids are back in school, Notre Dame Football is stressing me out every weekend, cozy sweaters are coming out of storage, and I’m back on the road stubbornly attempting to once again drag this swimmer’s body over 26.2 miles of pavement.
My efforts continue to be motivated by a deep-rooted desire to help underprivileged children. This year’s cause is a program aptly called Oasis – which serves to provide over 110,000 orphaned children in poverty stricken areas the means to develop physically, mentally, academically, and socially. And most of all, provide hope and a path towards a brighter future.
In a personal effort to help this cause, I signed up to run the Chicago Marathon on October 7th. This race is significant to me in many ways; not least of which, I tried to run it 25 years ago, and injury got in the way. So much so, that I gave up running for decades. And did I mention that my mom was training for the same race that year… and she rocked it! So I’m heading back to my old stomping grounds to give it another go… and to make my mom proud.
I kindly ask for your support of these worthy causes (both Oasis… and making my mom proud!) and well wishes that I survive another 26.2 miles!