Thursday, March 19, 2009

Why I run for UPS for DownS

I became passionate about running when I realized that there are no limits to what the human body can do. I started with a goal of running a half marathon. In one calendar year from running that half marathon I ran my first 100 mile ultra marathon, and placed 10th. Since then I have a new view on life. One that stretches the limits of what people may consider “tough” or “difficult” physically and mentally.

We have a daughter with Down Syndrome. For me, running for charity, and especially UPS for DownS just adds more meaning to why I do what I do. If my passion for ultra-running can produce benefits or exposure for a great cause, then it makes crossing the finish line that much more meaningful. If I’m ever doubting that I can keep going during a race or in life, I think of my daughters and know that I will do whatever it takes to help them achieve their greatest potential in life. That means that I’m going to set the example of never quitting. I will not stop until I cross the finish line, and will do everything in my power to be there for them every step of the way to the finish line of life as well.