50 Sub 3:30 Reverse Fundraiser

LIST OF CHARITIES BY DATE:

May 19th: World Medical Relief (https://www.worldmedicalrelief.org)

May 18th: Welcome Neighbor (https://welcomeneighborstl.org)

May 17th: Smile Train (https://www.smiletrain.org) and Give Kids a Smile (https://gkas.org)

May 16th: Infant Loss Resources (https://www.infantlossresources.org)

May 15th: Scott Spouse Club (https://www.scottspouseclub.com)

May 14th: HeartLight Center (https://heartlightcenter.org)

May 13th: Endometriosis Research Center (https://www.endocenter.org)

May 12th: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (https://www.lls.org)

May 11th: Back on My Feet Baltimore (https://backonmyfeet.org)

May 10th: Operation Spot STL (http://www.opspot.org)

May 9th: Detroit Creativity Project (https://detroitcreativityproject.org)

May 8th: American Heart Association (https://www.heart.org)

May 7th: Samaritan’s Purse (https://www.samaritanspurse.org) and Wapsi- Great Western Line Trail (http://wgwltrail.com)

May 6th: Planned Parenthood, Michigan Chapter (https://www.plannedparenthood.org)

May 5th: Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition (https://www.foster-adopt.org)

May 4th: Alzheimer’s Association (https://act.alz.org)

May 3rd: Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center of Illinois (https://lomc.org)

May 2nd: A Seat at the Table STL (https://www.aseatatthetable.org)

On May 1st, 2022, I ran my 49th state under three and a half hours in Providence, Rhode Island. The 3:30 benchmark is, admittedly, an unconventional one to track, but from what I can gather through the wealth of information on the internet and in my various running groups, I’ll be the first female to run all 50 states under this time. (And there is no record of any women running the states faster.)

As I gear up for my finish at Revel Rockies in Colorado, I’m reminded of how much this sport has given me over the past decade: Initially, it was a way for me to be active after the birth of our boys, and it allowed me to form close friendships with a group of incredible moms with young children while living in Michigan. It has been a healthy outlet for the excess of anxiety and nervous energy that I always seem to carry. More recently, running has allowed me to push myself– both mentally and physically—farther than I thought possible and has taught me that my limits do not have to be defined by my age, gender, or size. I have had the opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful places in our country and have made so many amazing, funny, quirky friends along the way. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for this gift and excited for our next adventure.

With all of this in mind, I wanted to cap off this round of state finishes with another fundraiser. For my 50 sub 4/ 50 BQ finish, I asked friends and family members to donate to a local charity here in Kirkwood that I supported. This time around, I’m doing the opposite: for my 50 sub 3:30 finish, I’d like to donate $50 per day to a charity that means something to a friend or family member. I’ll do this for 33 days (Because 50 sub 3:30. And 330 days was going to get a little too expensive.) I’ll keep a running list of the organizations that have been suggested and selected, and if anyone out there in cyberspace reads this and feels moved to make their own donation to one of these charities, even better.

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali


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