How important is reading and running and how do they fit together?…
Do you remember a time when someone gave you a hand? Advice? Directions?…
Where would you have ended up without that someone? Friends pitched in when you moved. A colleague suggested the better course of action that led to success. Someone helped you orient that map while sight-seeing in an exotic location. That was helpful. But I am talking about something much more serious, and long lasting. Most of us have had someone in our life that helped us find our direction in life, advised us on how to attain a major goal, or provided us the critical support we needed to get where we wanted to go in life. Career paths, academics, perhaps even just graduating high school, you likely had that guidance, support or even just a role model who could help you dream, even if you did not notice it!
Not everyone is that fortunate. For many reasons, there are many kids in our society who do not have that support structure or perhaps even someone who can give them the most basic ideas on how to achieve their goals or more importantly, their potential.
I recently came across a charity called Start2Finish and I was instantly attracted to the concept. I have mentioned before that I have found so much richness in running. I have also been blessed to have had an opportunity to have a wonderful education. I have always been attracted to the concept of Sound Mind Sound Body. Start2Finish works to deliver this concept to kids who may be challenged to find their path. I think many of us might forget that we have had a hand or even just had someone who either gave us an idea or maybe showed us an example that we can dream of being a pilot, a doctor, or even an astronaut. I think we owe it to every kid to say to them, dream big, but work hard and together we’ll get you there.
With that, I want to ask for your help. Start2Finish is supporting kids, providing a platform, structure and coaching through their program, which will culminate with a 5km run during the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon weekend. And, to that end… it would be immensely helpful to support the kids by contributing one entry to the 5k race. Please donate $50 to Start2Finish and help me make that happen.
Oh yeah, I am going to be participating in the 50km Ultra (and, if you’re generous, attempting a bit more) to mark 1km per entry to you invest in. 50 entries = 50km, 51 entries = 51km, etc… Please challenge me to run a kilometer (or more) with your contribution.
And, please remember to encourage a kid to dream big and work hard toward their dreams. They may just need an idea, or them may need some direction, either way, if you have read this, then you are likely the person who can come up with a few good words to help out!
Thanks and happy running!
A total aside trivia detail… I can on occasion be found running in ASICS running shoes. As a young runner, I was attracted to the shoe that really fit me, which for a long time was ASCIS. Then at some point I discover what I thought was another cool aspect of the shoes… The name is an acronym for the Latin phrase anima sana in corpore sano which translates as “a healthy soul in a healthy body”.