Training for and competing in a distance race is hard work. Weeks and months of planning and training are needed, and a focused view on the end result is required to ensure the best chance for success. Perseverance is a word often used when the topic of training shows up in a conversation between runners. Belief in the process and its design to bring a positive outcome is something that’s almost as necessary as good shoes.
In my past as a runner, I’ve taken part in a number of events with distances ranging from one mile to a marathon. In almost every one of those events, I was running for myself. Some events were a personal success, and some left me wanting. But in most of those cases, when I crossed the finish line, the race and event was over. Now I know what you’re thinking: “of course it was over, you finished!” But what I mean is that in running for myself, my participation in the race didn’t serve a greater purpose. Running for fitness and time has been great, but what if my participation not only helped me, but others as well?
As a race director, I have the great fortune to work with a number of events that each present unique challenges and rewards. The most special event I have the pleasure of working with is the Columbus 10K. It’s an event I have run in a few times, and have served as the race director now for four years. The “Oldest Road Race in Columbus” is a race that’s near and dear to many in central Ohio, and, as an event, one that had occasion to serve a broader purpose.
Our race committee was approached with the opportunity to speak with the team at Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana and see how we might partner together and help them in their mission. Learning about the organization, how they grant their wishes, and how the Columbus 10K and our participants can help wish kids left an impression on us. As runners, we talk about perseverance; children involved with Make-A-Wish live perseverance on a daily basis. It’s a reality that is at once sobering and, more importantly, empowering when the realization hits that we can all help.
Each participant in the Columbus 10K has the opportunity to join us in making a difference in a wish kid’s life. The Columbus 10K is committing financial support to Make-A-Wish, and we’d like to ask for your support in granting one or more wishes.
A simple $5 donation from every participant would mean that we can grant a wish for a local child with a life-threatening medical condition. 100% of your donation to Make-A-Wish through the Columbus 10K directly helps their cause. There are no credit card processing fees for donations; every penny you donate is another step closer to a wish granted.
To learn more about the Columbus 10K, click here. To donate to Make-A-Wish through the Columbus 10K, click here.
We hope to have you join us on June 5th in support of Make-A-Wish and help us grant wishes!
*Registration for the Columbus 10K is open until Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
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