As I turn 50 this July, I have been thinking about things I challenge myself to accomplish. The personal challenges that are within reasonable possibility but worthy enough to spend time on. As a runner, I could come up with a few running related ideas that involve rather serious commitment on my part, but these ideas have not materialized nor been discussed with anyone as possibilities. However, today, I am committing myself to do something in my 50th year, and I am announcing it to the entire world in one way or another, because I need help from as many people as possible.
Actually, this decision was developed as a part of my birthday celebration. My partner, Christian, is planning a birthday dinner and suggested that I consider asking our friends to donate money to a charity, instead of buying me a gift. I thought that was a great idea, and without thinking too much, I gave him the name of a charity I wanted to help. Minutes before he sent out the invitation, however, I realized I probably wanted to set up an online account where our friends can donate through, instead of asking them to donate directly to the charity. So I spent some time to pick an online fundraising platform and started to set up an account with youcaring.com. As I started to enter necessary information to set up this fundraiser, I became greedy and gave myself a goal of raising a minimum of $5,000 to the Hoyt Foundation. To make this effort a little less stressful, I gave myself a deadline of April 18, 2016, which is the Marathon Day in Boston. This way, hopefully, I can build those personal challenges into the fundraising mechanism and lead a successful fundraiser. Titled “50 and kicking – Team Hoyt Boston Marathon 2016“, it is live and waiting your donation now.
The Hoyt Foundation is dedicated to helping young people living with disabilities to become active members of their communities. It was inspired by Dick Hoyt and his dedication to his son Rick who was born a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. The video below tells an inspirational story about the father-son duo’s dedication.
I vividly remember the first time I witnessed Dick pushing Rick in my first Boston Marathon. I’ve seen them run several times since, and each time I could not help becoming emotional, even while running. As my 50th birthday nears, I realize how very fortunate I have been to be able to run as well as participate in other physical activities. I also realize that I have taken these abilities for granted. In support of the Foundation’s efforts, I have decided to raise a minimum of $5,000 for the Hoyt Foundation by April 18, 2016 and wish to present the funds to Dick Hoyt and the Foundation at the Boston Marathon next year.
Back to my personal challenges. So far, here is the list of possible events, in addition to me turning to 50 years old:
- Complete 50K in 3 hours and 50 minutes – I’ve never run 50K but considering I ran 3:15 this past April, another 5 miles in 35 minutes should be do-able.
- Run 5K in 17 minutes and 50 seconds – My PR is 18:32, so this is an aggressive challenge.
- Run a mile in 5 minutes – My PR is 5:05. Do-able but challenging.
- Run a marathon in 3 hours – This is far-reaching but a good challenge.
- Run a half marathon in 5,000 seconds (1 hour 23 minutes and 20 seconds) – My PR is 1:25:10, so this is an aggressive challenge.
I think these are pretty hefty challenges, but like I said within reasonable possibilities and worth trying, especially for raising money for the Hoyt Foundation. I don’t know when to run these events yet, and they need to be scheduled properly, so I will be conditioned for each goal. Not going back now. Wish me luck and consider making a contribution to my fundraising!
By the way, I chose youcaring.com over other fundraising platforms, because the processing fee was the lowest (2.9% + $.30 per transaction). Setting up the page was a breeze and the page looks very professional. I recommend this service to anyone who wants to set up an online fundraising page.