Well, folks, I said I wouldn’t do it. In fact, I think I’ve shouted it from a rooftop a time or two, but I’m going back on my word. Yep. I’m running another marathon.
Don’t give me that look.
Yes, I know I’ll complain.
Yes, I know I’ll be sore.
No, I don’t know why I put myself through this.
STOP LOOKING AT ME THAT WAY.
OK. So let’s get to the important part. I’m running the BCS Marathon in College Station, TX on December 13 and I’m out of my mind. But more importantly, I’m raising money for Sophie and Madigan’s Playground.
You need to know some things: First, Sophie and Madigan were two beautiful little girls who passed away in a house fire (learn more here). Their family raises money through races to help build a playground in their memory that provides “opportunities for children and their families to play, learn, and create lifelong memories together, and in ways that reflect the beautiful personalities and spirits of these two sisters.”
Second: I’m raising money because they are partnering with the Disney Princess Half-Marathon I’m running in February, but I’m using the full marathon in December to help. Let me explain: We’re going to do this similarly to when I raised money for Lauren (and if you would still like to donate to the Lauren E. Lewis ’09 Memorial Ring Endowment click here).
I need you to bet on my finishing time of the full BCS marathon and here are the rules:
- $10 = one guess
- $25 = three guesses
- The person closest to my finishing time without going over gets a $50 gift card from a place of their choosing (directly from me–this does not take money away from Sophie and Madigan). I will also probably take you to dinner. And give you high fives or hugs. Whichever you prefer.
- IF I raise $650 by October 19, I’ll do a cartwheel across the finish line of the marathon. Yes. You heard me right. This will be video taped.
- If I hit $1000, I may be talked into the Whip and Nay Nay. But let’s not get carried away just yet.
- My previous marathon times: 1) 4:31, 2) 4:28, 3) 5:19 <–I don’t want to talk about #3. Worst. Race. Ever.
Now listen here, I can see the stats of how many people read my blog posts and if EVERY person reading this blog post RIGHT NOW donated just $10, I’d reach my goal in no time. So let’s CRUSH my $650 goal! Why not donate? Why not skip one beverage at the bar tonight to help out Sophie and Madigan? Or bring your lunch one day instead of going out? Or skip the Starbucks just one morning to donate? $10 y’all, that’s all I’m asking.
Below are the times that are available and I’ll keep the updated list here (HOURS:MINUTES):
*A marathon is 26.2 miles. I’m slow. My average training times have been anywhere from 9-12:30 minutes/mile (crazy right?). Times are first-come, first-served.
4:55- Lesley & Kevin G.
4:58-Lesley & Kevin G.
5:02- Stephen S.
5:03- Stephen S.
5:05- Lesley & Kevin G.
So what are you waiting for? GET TO GUESSIN’.