In 2011 I lost my mother to cancer at 58, and shortly thereafter my aunt to cancer at 50. In 2012 I ran my first marathon, and I ran with the American Cancer Society Determination Team after getting a serendipitous entry – and the ACS team has become my second family. My first race was the Chicago Marathon, and it changed my life. Since then I have run 18 marathons, countless half marathons, and two Ironman 70.3 races. In 2015 I decided I wanted to make a big statement and raise a lot of money, so I thought running all the World Marathon Majors in one calendar year would help to do the trick. In 2016 I ran Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City Marathons, and became only one of a small handful to run all of the Abbott World Marathon Majors in one year. To date I have raised thousands of dollars for cancer research and awareness.
In 2016 while running the majors I heard about the World Marathon Challenge. This was something I thought would be completely out of reach, not only physically and mentally, but monetarily. Sometime later that year I asked the American Cancer Society if they ever sponsor races for runners, because there is no way I could afford to pay the 40,000 Euro entry. Little did I know that they ended up going all the way to the top of the chain with ACS, and low and behold they said yes. This past June I was notified that ACS wanted to sponsor me for the World Marathon Challenge, and I gladly accepted.
In February of 2020 I will be running the World Marathon Challenge. The race is running a full marathon, 26.2 miles, on every continent in one week – that is 7 marathons, on 7 continents, in 7 days-183 miles. This will be the last big race series I will do, because after this there isn’t much more that can be done, and no more bigger thing I would want to do. So as my grand finale I am trying to raise $150,000 for the American Cancer Society. I will be running with my friend and ACS teammate Keri Mandell.
I’m currently training my proverbial butt off, and somewhat literally, as I run hundreds of miles to prepare my body for this task. I will keep updates via video and blog as I train, so you can follow along. The biggest help I need from everyone is donations – regardless of how big or small. Please consider donating to the American Cancer Society, and support my cause. We all have been affected by cancer in one way or another. All you have to do is follow the link and give. I’m the one who has to run the miles. Much thanks and gratitude to you all.