If you’ve been following my running efforts, you know that I have a goal of running a marathon in every state by the time I turn 50 years old. I’ve completed ten to date and am 42 so it’s time to get moving! My next one is Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN next Sunday (6/21). My times have been steadily increasing the past few marathons with my personal worst (5:47) coming at Sedona in February after I completely blew up at mile 19. So – I’ve been training harder and more consistently with a goal of breaking 5:00 at Grandma’s followed by 4:45 in August at Ashton, ID and 4:30 in October at Bar Harbor, ME. Having run a 4:05 in Chicago several years ago, there is no doubt that I can do a majority of these marathons under 4:00 – I just have to get serious about it.
I’ve had a few people approach me about sponsorships for this endeavor and have decided to finally get my sponsorship act together. My first sponsor is the Accelerate Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. In 2000, an entrepreneur and friend of mine from Boston – Art Mellor – was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Art subsequently founded the Boston Cure Project (now Accelerated Cure Project) with his doctor, Timothy Vartanian, to try to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.
Amy and I have been steady supporters of the Accelerated Cure Project over the years. When I started thinking about a charity to dedicate my 50×50 running to, they immediately came to mind. From this point forward, they are my adopted charity for my marathon quest.
If you have an interest in supporting my marathoning, please click through on the widget below on the "Click here to Donate" tab. While it says my goal is $1,000, that’s because I haven’t figured out how to modify this yet. My goal is actually $100,000, or $2,000 per marathon (yes – I have a little catching up to do – $20k worth – but I’ll figure that out.)
If you are interested in sponsoring my efforts in other ways, drop me an email and we will figure something out. At this point I have three sponsors (the other two will be revealed shortly.)