It’s all luck of the draw, right?
Here are some important facts… I’ve entered four race lotteries in the past five years. I put my name in the hat for the 2012 NYC Marathon, results? Didn’t get in! I put my name in the hat for the NYC marathon for 2015. Results? Didn’t get picked. So, from the state in which I was born, my record is 0-2.
I entered the lottery for the 2014 Chicago marathon. The results?
I entered again this year, and BOOM! The email came early yesterday morning, that low and behold, I am IN, again! So my record for Chicago? 2-0. Chicago must be my kind of town!
I can go back! I had the time of my life in Chicago last year, and I would love to return. Now, I just have to figure out how I can do it. I would love to be able to get lined up again with the thousands of runners, and experience the million fans alongside the course. I just now have to look at my budget, and figure out if I can swing it. And, I won’t in good conscience, head off to Chicago unless I meet my fundraising goal.
You see, for those of you that missed my posts about NYC. My utter disappointment in the fact that I didn’t get chosen again for New York, I decided to look into running for charity. I reached out to a charity foundation that had some meaning to me. I reached out to the folks at the James Blake Foundation, a charity raising money for cancer research, and they accepted me onto their marathon team.
I had to pay for my race entry (it wasn’t free), and I accepted the challenge to raise a minimum of $3,000 for this charity. I kicked off my fundraising with a $100 personal donation to the charity. To date, through the generous donations of friends, family and fellow runners, I’m nearing $1,000 toward my fundraising goal.
But, I can’t reach my goal without more help. Help from folks like you! People reading this blog post, folks I interact with through social media. Will you please consider a donation in any amount to help this cause?
You can donate by clicking on the following link… Thank you!