I’m sooo excited to announce a journey of a lifetime! I have decided to go running. Well, maybe more like a really long run. OK, a really, really long distance run. I have decided to quit my job, and take the summer off to run from the U.S Canadian border to Hyder, Alaska in 3 months. That’s right folks, run. All 880 miles. Or, in Canada, 1,416 kilometers. I will be camping along the way, so no cozy hotel rooms either for this runner! To my knowledge, no one else has attempted this run. This will test my endurance like no other adventure has. Why would a sane person do this, you might rightly ask?? Well….
Well, there are a couple of reasons. I DO love crazy, outdoor adventures and have been feeling the itch to have another one. My first real trek of this magnitude was when I section hiked part of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Sierra Nevadas 5 years ago. It’s been too long since I’ve been out in the wilderness for an extended trip! I am relatively active, love hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, running etc but would not consider myself a runner. I like how running makes me feel. I like pushing my endurance. I like crazy ideas. Explorations that push the limit of human endurance are inspiring to me, and hopefully this story will be to others as well. I hope that this is a story of “If I can do it, you can do it” for ordinary people who are most likely not professional athletes. It will be a HUGE personal challenge to complete this run as a novice runner. Bring on the adrenaline!! I’m ready for the challenge and the general experience.
On a more personal note, I have been seeking changes that enrich my life and the lives of others. I kid you not, this idea randomly popped into my head New Years Day. I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions. In general, they seem cliché and bound for failure, temporary changes that are not well thought through. However, as I wondered around Green Lake, Seattle the first of the year pondering what the rest of 2015 might look like, I knew I wanted to seek continued personal growth. I’ve had a love/ hate relationship with Seattle ever since I moved here from Southern California for graduate school 5 years ago. The last 2 years have been particularly rough, ranging from bad living situations, a breakup, unemployment, underemployment, bad employment, injury etc. As a result, I was depressed, bitter and unhappy. Inertia, the fear of failure, and the overwhelming sense of risk for needed changes made life improvements seem daunting.
I am happy to report that the later part of 2014 proved to be humbling and life giving. Thanks be to God who meets us in our messes!! I found a healthy living situation, ended a relationship, dealt with depression, and began to forgive myself and others. This run is a continuation of this theme as I finally quit an employment situation that has not been working for some time, and celebrate an experience that is life giving for a couple of months.
Finally, and probably most importantly, I would like this run to be more than just about me. I will be raising funds for a non-profit called Hope Matters International, located in Kipkaren, Kenya. This is a Christian organization that runs a Medical Centre, and eventually will be building a hospital. Right now their immediate need is for medical equipment that will be used to expand their laboratory, gynecology, dental, maternal-child-health, and in-patient clinics. Hope Matters also wants to expand to have a dedicated pharmacy on site that will streamline patient flow and provide a secure location for medications.
Please consider joining me, and donating to an extremely important cause. Many of us are extremely fortunate to have accessible medical care, unlike so many people in rural Kenyan villages. My goal is to raise $14,160, which is based off of the total KM of this trip. If you want an easy breakdown, consider donating 25 cents a mile, which is $220, or 50 cents a mile which is $440. Any donation is important, and is really appreciated!! Even $10 would go a long way! All donations are tax deductible. Check out Hope Matters at www.hopemattersintl.org
Donations can be made through http://www.hopemattersintl.org/give.html. Online transactions are through Pay-Pal. Please indicate in the note/memo section that your donation is in support of: Alaska or Bust 2015. Donations can also be made by check made out to Hope Matters International and mailed to P.O. Box 9293, Alta Loma, CA 91701. Again, please indicate in the Memo section that your donation is in support of Alaska or Bust 2015.
Thank you so much for your overwhelming love and support thus far! Check this blog as the run progresses to check our progress! My run will begin July 2015!! Stay tuned!