Just recently I was on a long weekend trail run and I was overcome with a sense of gratitude about how everyone I know is facing these uncertain and challenging times with passion and purpose. At that moment I said to myself, “I need to do something to give back to the greater good and to help those less fortunate.” The thought came to me, “What could I do to bring people together and have some fun doing it?” Well, since I was running, my next thought was,” I am going to run 100 miles for charity!” You see, I’ve discovered a perfect 1-mile loop in and around my neighborhood, so why not run create a virtual run where I do it 100 consecutive times with a goal of beating 19 hrs. Then I said to myself, “If I don’t meet my goal of under 19 hours, then I must run an additional 19 loops to fight Covid-19.” So that brings me to where I’m at now – a commitment to run 100 miles in less than 19 hours on May 23rd with a goal of raising $10,000 for the San Diego Food Bank. You may be asking yourself, “How does this involve me?” Well here’s my pitch:
- I will be donating $5 per mile I run personally to kick it off.
- Running is extremely important to my health and wellbeing. I’m hoping it is to many of yours as well. On Saturday May 23rd, I challenge whomever is up for it to lace up their shoes and put in some miles whether it be running or walking.
- Choose what you are comfortable donating per mile you walk or run, and I will match .50 cents on the dollar per mile up to $1,500 dollars total.
- If you are not able to contribute during these times, don’t let that stop you. Provide me with the miles you complete on the 23rd and I will donate $1 per mile on your behalf up to my established limit.
- Input your miles by adding a comment below so that I can tally the total miles completed.
If you want to track my progress on the 23rd, I will be posting regular updates on Facebook and Instagram, and I’m working on setting up my Garmin to provide real time tracking. I’m sure there will be some good laughs as it gets late in the day, and I enter the pain cave.
A couple things to note:
- I’ve never run 100 miles on road before, let alone a repetitive 1-mile loop.
- My fastest 100 miler was 22:04
- I really wanted to make this a group run where a lot of us could run together, but obviously that’s not responsible ‘social distancing’ so this my best attempt to include the masses.
It is my hope that a year from now, we will all look back on this Memorial Day weekend and not only remember the ultimate sacrifice that our service members have made for our freedom, but also remember the loss that America and our world has incurred as a result of Covid-19. I personally have a couple very close friends that have lost family members due to this invisible enemy, and that is why I have chosen to set out on this journey, to run through Covid-19 and to unite people on a common goal. It only takes starting where you are with what you have. Thank you for joining me on this adventure. I cannot wait to hear all the fun stories that come out of it -Matt
Gratitude is the frequency harmonious with abundance.
We’re all in this TOGETHER
Submitted our donation for my 20 laps, Laura’s 5 and Claire’s 2. Thank you! What a fun day.
$1 a mile for Matt. 9 miles run for Kevin * $5 per mile. 7 miles run for Jessica *…
Matt – We will donate $50.00. Where do we send it so is part of your geat project. Steve and…
Matt – We will donate $50.00. Where do we send it so is part of your gray project. Steve and…
Good Luck Today! Unbelievable Goal! Wish i was there to hook you up with a water station. Food donation completed.…