Bronze Level Fundraiser
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Mr. Daniel Adame
Fundraising Honor Roll
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Linda Erf Swift
Julie Nelson and Family
I swear it was a minor dare.
I sent my sister an email with a sob story about not being able to sign up for the Marine Corps Marathon. It truly was a big lipped, puppy dog eyed, syrupy email and I really did not expect her to take me up on the challenge. I asked her if she could get through the thousand layers of active.com shenanegans and snag me a spot in the race. In return, I would raise money on her behalf to a charity of her choice.
She prevailed. I simultaneously fist pumped with one hand and slapped myself with the other. Here I go again... Spooling up the warp nacelles and preparing to move all this junk into hyperdrive for another marathon. Not just any marathon but my alma mater's marathon. The Jarhead marathon. The People's marathon. In our Nations Capitol no less!! I best not make a fool of myself amongst my brethren. The next time I find myself signing the bottom line I expect a few pints of Guiness to soften the blow!
This will be my third marathon. The first one tested my mettle. The second proved that it wasn't a fluke and I raised quite a few Benji's for PAWS Chicago. It was a blast!! This one goes to my sister, pops, and all the people out there battling diabetes. I want to fight for them. I see the disease's effect on her and my father. I want to do what I can. It's one thing to say it's bad or I'm sorry. It's another to actually pound some pavement to help fund research. So please drop a few coins in the hat if you can!
I also run this race in the hopes of inspiring others to join me on this little journey. Especially my sister. She can't run it yet but she will one day. With or without diabetes is up to the scientists and doctors. She can be rest assured that I will be with her every step of the way. Cheers, friends. I'll see all of you at the finish line!!
UPDATE: (10/8) I recently completed my 20 miler. That was the final hurdle on the training cycle. During that time, I've retired two pairs of shoes through 350+ miles of concrete, pavement, and gravel, an infinite number of GU's, and am closer to saying goodbye to my now 70's-ish training shorts from circa 2009 and a few shrunken training technical tee's collected from 2009-2012. (we've been through a lot haven't we Soldier Field 10 Mile tee, ** sniff sniff **) I'm happy to report that I feel strong and soon I will be annoying everyone around me during my taper period before the race. I'm confident that I will be ready, refreshed, and crossing that finish line with a smile!
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