Runners will know that saying as a frequently posted sentiment when trying to get into a coveted race or even just to report in for a training run.
I've been in many times, but never so IN as when I got my official news yesterday.
I WILL BE RUNNING THE 2014 BOSTON MARATHON as a charity runner for Team Dougie as part of the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.
Regular readers of the blog will remember the trials and tribulations of this journey from earlier this year. You can find it here along with another article on the pros and cons of charity runners.
So, as I've said before...yes, I must be crazy because I campaigned to get this spot so I could do winter training and raise $7500+ all for the opportunity to run 26.2 miles in April.
Crazy or not, I'm anxious to get this party started!
So, for any of you so inclined, please see the link to my fundraiser page (on the logo below) along with frequently asked questions about charity runners and the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation.
On April 14 of this year, I started to send them an email inquiring about the status of next year's race and figured I'd let them get through this year first. We all know what happened the next day on Boylston Street at the finish line of Boston 2013.
This extends to national levels including partnerships with many other notable autism organizations. They also provide grants to organizations such as one in Arlington, VA that created a video based learning module for general and special educators to understand autism and use practical strategies in the classroom. The learning module is available free on-line for all educators.
Anything else I need to know?
Wow--first of all, congrats for making it this far. If there is anything I haven't covered that your inquiring mind would like to know, please ask in the comments section below. If I don't know, I will find out!
How can I help?
A donation is any amount would be outstanding, although I very much realize not everyone has money in their budgets to give. If you would like to and CAN give, great! If not, but you'd still like to support my cause, please forward this blog and like my page on Facebook for updates. You can also share those updates as well. Or, let me know if you or your business has any fundraising ideas or grants. Last, just say some prayers for this journey that I am able to meet my fundraising and training goals. (And, if you can do all three--AWESOME!)
Catch you later at the back of the pack!