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There are many of you out there that are running Boston this year. Some (including myself) are running as qualifiers. Others (like I was fortunate enough to last year) are running on an invitational entry. And yet others are doing double duty preparing for the marathon this year by running for charity. Say what you will about Boston Marathon charity runners, the one thing that cannot be disputed is the hard work these runners put in. Not only are they running the daily miles the rest of us are doing, they are also having to spend lots of time raising money for their chosen charity. What is often forgotten by others is that these runners are putting their own bank accounts at risk. Every charity that receives bibs for Boston requires each of their runners to raise a minimum amount of funds by a certain date. If the runner is unable to do so, guess where the balance comes from? That’s right – them. If the required number is $2600 but only $1300 is raised, the rest comes from the runner’s credit card.
So they must get creative.
My friend Doug, who still claims to be “Really Not A Runner”, has come up with a pretty creative way to do just that.
Next Sunday, on March 20th, in his effort to raise $10,000 for Children’s Hospital (as part of their Miles for Miracles Program), he will be hosting a fund raising virtual race, aptly named: 36K for Miracles. Doug is going to run a 5K, a 10K and a Half-Marathon, in order. YOU can race against him in any or all of these races from wherever you are in the world. There is an entry fee for each race, and prizes will be given to both the male and female winners in each race, in addition to the overall winners who run all 36K. Anybody who beats Doug will receive a winner’s certificate (Winning!), and all participants will receive a thank you note from him. Also, anyone who enters and either tweets something about it, posts it on Facebook or dailymile or their own blog, will be entered into the “door prize” raffle for prizes from Doug’s sponsors.
I’ve got a 20-miler that day, so I may break it down and run a 10K and then a Half-Mary, but who knows, maybe I’ll throw in the 5K just for good measure. I hope you will at least check out Doug’s blog and consider running part of the 36K for Miracles Challenge.
You were gonna run that day anyway, right? Might as well throw in the added bonus of doing it for a good cause!