I finally pulled the trigger last week – I officially signed up to run the New York City Marathon for the third year in a row.
And for the third year in a row, I will be running as a charity runner – raising funds for the organization that is particularly close to my heart – Autism Speaks. I had held off signing up for so long this year because I was busy recruiting many of you to run Boston 13.1 on September 16th (also for Autism Speaks – If you haven’t signed up to run, there are still spaces available. Sign up —HERE—).
I could go on and on about why I am running and why I need your help, but it really comes down to this: Autistic people like Brooke face a wide range of challenges both as children and as adults. Autism Speaks tries to take these challenges on from several different angles – funds raised go to scientific research, social services, development of employment opportunities, and raising awareness.
They work tirelessly to make the world a better place for my Brooke and all autistics who are both like and not like her – that’s how wide the spectrum is.
So I come to you, hat in hand, asking for your help. I have agreed to raise $3000 by November 4th (that’s on top of the $500+ I’ve already raised for Boston 13.1). Whether it’s $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 or even the whole darned $3000, I’m asking for your help.
Every dollar counts.
Last year, because you put Jess & I over $10,000 for the Boston Autism Walk, I dyed my hair blue for the marathon. I figured it would be pretty boring if I did the same thing again, so I’m going to mix it up a little while maintaining the theme. This year, if you get me to my goal of $3000 by October 15th, I will run in this:
It should make me easy to spot along the way.
Now, if you all really go crazy and get me to my goal of $3000 before September 15th (that’s only a few weeks away), I might just be convinced to run in this:
Come on…you know you want me to do it! And the truth is, I do owe Katy Perry something for nudging me in the direction I find myself (free training session for you Katy should you ever find yourself in the Boston area). If it does come to this one though, I may reserve the right to put it up in a ponytail if it gets too hot.
Speaking of Ms. Perry, you may know I am currently working toward a CSCS certification that will allow me to officially work as a personal/team trainer. My plan is to be certified by the end of March 2013. How is this significant? For every $25 donated, I will put the donator’s name into a hat (so $100 would be 4 entries). On November 1st, I will have Brooke draw out a name. The winner will receive (after I am certified) 3 training sessions that will include on top of that a full nutritional and physical intake evaluation and a long term program to get you where you want to be. Hopefully, after three sessions, you will still want to work with me!
If you live outside of New England, I could use some credit card miles to fly to you for a weekend or we could do something via Skype – we can work out those details later.
Okay, so here’s the link to my donation page – http://events.autismspeaks.org/nycmarathon/runluaurun – donate early and often, and remember, every $25 buys you one raffle ticket ($200= 8 tickets!).
You know you want to see me running through the streets of New York with a Katy Perry wig!