Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Race to Deliver - A Year Long Adventure
God's Love We Deliver has been on my mind for a full year now. I ran this exact same 4-miler last year as I wrapped up my marathon qualifying. I was intrigued by the charity and did a bit of research post-race. I discovered they have a Birthday Bake Sale ministry where a donation can be made in honor of or in memory of loved ones. That donation is then used to bake a birthday cake for a New Yorker living with a serious illness so he or she doesn't have to feel so alone on their special day. I decided this would be a great way to honor each of my family members throughout the year.
I surprised each of them on their birthday with an email telling them all about the donation made in their name. I was happy to be able to continue giving to this great organization from February to November. When the Race to Deliver 4-miler rolled around this year, I was SUPER excited to run in support of a charity that has meant so much to me this year. I also decided I would donate a dollar toward their holiday meal program for every minute I was on the course this year.
I happened to run my best time all year while reflecting on this past year of giving back as I trekked through Central Park on a gorgeous November day. I managed to run 11:52 per mile for a total time of 47:28. I'll go ahead and round up to $50 since I love this charity's mission so much! Check them out HERE if you have interest in learning more about them!