RUN THE 1 IS ON!
DECEMBER 2nd and 3rd
Hey everybody! It's awesome to be writing to you guys again. I got the most important part of this blog out of the way above. Run the 1 is happening again in December and I feel so fortunate to announce it. I always feel fortunate for that, however this year, I feel it more than ever.
There have been some big changes this year in my personal life that could have affected the possibility of Run the 1 happening or not. This year, I left the Arroyo Grande Hotshots to chase my dream of smokejumping in Alaska. I am happy to say that the dream has become a reality now. Words cannot express the happiness I feel for that. However, I sure do miss the gang in California. As I write this now, my season has finished in Alaska, but the Arroyo Grande Hotshots have spent two months fighting a massive fire in our backyard, Run the 1's backyard; Big Sur.
So with my absence from the crew, I wasn't sure what would become of Run the 1. Ben Holmes, who first walked with me for my first fundraiser attempt in 2011, let me know the deal during the summer though. "Everyone is in for Run the 1," was his text to me. It wasn't a very romantic way of explaining just how awesome those guys are, but I didn't need any special explanations to be reminded how lucky myself and the boys in Rwanda are to know these guys and gals.
My team that helps with the charity, Ubaka U Rwanda, consists of Ali Zikratch and Sunish Oturkar. They too, have been all over the world themselves this year and we have done a terrible job at keeping good contact. Yet Run the 1 has been a constant all year when we have caught up. Laura Palmer contacted me recently, all excited to throw her pre party in Palo Alto. And I have new and old friends asking me about the dates and details so they can try to join us. I guess I am going over this to share how lucky I feel and how lucky I think we all are. I am pumped, and I hope you reading this may be too!
So that's it for now. I have another two months to write more stories to keep people in the loop and hopefully inspire them. The dates are above. The efforts put forth and money raised will go to Ubaka U Rwanda to help send our former street kids to their schools, keep food on the table, and continue building their future sustainable home. One last note; Anyone reading this, not in California, please consider the Rafiki Run this year. The boys in Rwanda, us in California, and anyone in the world can still run with us.
Don't hesitate to contact me about this year's events!
Thanks guys, I cant wait.