I’m going 100 for 100 on March 8th
Will you help me?
Eight years ago I started a birthday tradition of running one mile for each year that I’ve been lucky enough to walk along this planet. This year is a big one for me—40! And though I’d like to live to be 100 years old, I’m neither certain I’ll make it that far, nor will I be capable of running 100 miles on my birthday. So in the words of an old actor friend, I’ve decided to “Go big or go home.”
For this milestone birthday, I’m going for 100.
These birthday runs have been a great chance to reflect on the generosity and kindness of others who have inspired and helped me along the way. So this year, for each mile, I’m asking for donations: $1.00 per mile from 100 people. 100 people giving a mere $100 each to a great non-profit. My goal is to raise $10,000 in just over a month to give back to the organizations that have profoundly shaped my life. I don’t want a dime of this money, in fact, I’m going to ask you to donate directly to one of my favorite orgs.
Here they are:
And to donate, just click here:
On this blog I’ll be track the donation and pledge progress. Even before sending this message out 10 people have already pledged to give $100; I’m one tenth of the way there. Want to jump on board to push me further?
Now for the course: Well, it’s ever evolving. My hope is not to have to pull this off on a treadmill like I did for my 38th birthday while I was stuck in Ebola quarantine. That was quite boring, the run and the quarantine. So if the weather holds, I’ll start my run at noon on March 7th with a finish time by noon on March 8th. That will leave space on my actual birthday for a celebratory beer (or three) and a nice nap.
The course will likely be multiple 10 mile or 20 mile loops around my current hometown, Charlottesville, VA. I’m considering a cross-mountain run from where I grew up in Waynesboro to Charlottesville—a nice 30-mile jog over Afton Mountain—to kick things off. There will be updates on social media and e-mail as the plans progress.
Thinking of Alan Sillitoe’s short story, “The Lonliness of the Long-Distance Runner,” I will gladly welcome runners to join me for a mile or two or ten or twenty. Also, for friends in distant places for whom $100 might be a squeeze: Just go for a run on the 8th, let me know when and where and we’ll pound pavement together! Want to get some other people to raise money with you? GREAT! Want to donate more than $100? FABULOUS!
Bottom line is that I don’t know if I’ll even be able to pull this off, but I’m confident that the money you give to these life saving organizations will bring thousands of miles worth of health and smiles. If you want to learn more about why these organizations are so great, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll fill you in.
Pledge or donate now and follow this blog for more details!
Thanks for helping me try to pull this off!