In 2008, I ran my first 13.1 miles in the NYC Half-Marathon, something I never thought I could do. I remember calling my brother George on a Monday at the end of June to ask him if he knew of any half-marathons taking place in October of 2008. I thought I’d be ready by then. With the wonderful enthusiasm he always had, he said, “Why wait until October? Use my number and run the NYC Half-Marathon this weekend; it has your name all over it.” So I ran…and I ran. The exhilaration and pride I felt when I crossed the finish line was indescribable. I never thought I could run that far, but I’ve learned that the words “I can’t” are no longer part of my vocabulary.
So here I am in 2010, already three half-marathons under my belt this year and all I can think about is running another 26.2. I need your help though, friends. My goal is to raise 10,000
and dedicate these 26.2 miles to two charities.
The first is Stoked Mentoring
, a NYC and LA-based non-profit which creates action sport programs for youth in underserved communities through afterschool programs, empowering youth to achieve a more successful future. I’ve met with Steve Larosiliere, founder of Stoked, on several occasions, and I believe in this charity.
The second charity I run for is very near and dear to my heart. The George C Fund
) was established in 2009, shortly after my brother George lost his life surfing El Salvador’s K-59. Our goal is to support a diverse range of causes including child services, education, the environment, individuals or families in need, and the community as a whole. Over the last year, we have worked with the Ronald McDonald House, Best Day Foundation, and Surfers Healing. Our young board, which consists of the friends and family of George, is excited to make an impact in honor of my brother, a man who inspired so many to live life with passion and adventure.
Of the 10,000 I hope to raise, two will go to Stoked Mentoring. Please follow www.georgecfund.org to make your donations through PayPal. Please be sure to note your donation is for the MARATHON.
I appreciate every bit of support and I hope by running this race and supporting these charities, I can inspire you to live every day with passion and honor!