This past week, the nation’s most popular marathon sold out in record time: 30,000 bibs gone in 2 hours and 27 minutes. Incredible. A lot of runners, however, were frustrated as the registration website crashed on them and they couldn’t get into the race. Countless folks felt cheated out of the chance to run the Marine Corps Marathon. Well, there are still thousands of opportunities to run: charity teams.
Why joint a charity team? I’ve run a dozen marathons. My first 6 marathons…I ran for myself. Lots of pride. Lots of people encouraging me. Then I started running for charity. It changed the marathon. People respected me for taking on the challenge of a marathon. When I asked folks to support my run…they extended a warm degree of admiration…to give meaning to my miles and transform my run into doing something to help others. Whether they gave $10…$100…or nothing but kind words…their support was unlike the casual comments of support when I ran just for me. Then, during my training runs…during the marathon…when it got tough…I recalled those supporting me. I couldn’t and wouldn’t let them down They were now part of the marathon…and my legs were their legs to get to a shared finish line of 26 miles, 285 yards…and helping others. An when it got really really tough, I thought of those I was helping…the pain they endure…how often they were forgotten and had no hope. I kept running…because I and all my supporters had NOT forgotten them.
So, hit up the charity page for the Marine Corps marathon…or your local road race. You’ll find a cause that speaks to your heart. Every one of them is good.
And, if you do have a bib…join a team anyway! Most will extend to you their special perks/benefits.
You don’t have to run the Marine Corps marathon…or any marathon. You can run for charity in any road race….of any length….any where.
Burma Humanitarian Mission has bibs for the Marine Corps marathon. We also have a team in the San Francisco Marahton, Half Marathon and 5k on June 16th and will join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon in Arizona in January of 2013. Come join us!
Put a reason in your run. You will not be the same…nor those who support you and those you are helping.
See you at the start line…and finish line!