Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Marathoning for Haiti

The Shortest Possible Summary-
On October 4, 2009 I will be running the Twin Cities Marathon. I am looking for runners and non-runners alike to get involved and support me. Three amazingly generous matching donors have come forward. If I am able to raise $7,800 - they will each kick in $2,600, for an exact dollar for dollar match. Update: Match requirements were met on June 21, 2009. But we're still raising funds ... read on.

The Ask-
On the top left side of the blog is the best way to donate. Please use the "Chip In" button to donate. Will you please consider sponsoring me at $1, $2, $3, or more dollars per mile? I am asking for sponsors at these three levels: $26, $52, $78, or more. (For non-runners a marathon is 26.2 miles.) Will you please sponsor me? Any amount will help hurting kids recover.

The Benefit-
Every dime raised will go toward helping hungry kids in Haiti. You will be a part of something big and something that will help hungry kids. Go to this post to meet Renald and to see an example of a child in need of help and put a face and a name to what we're attempting to do here.

ALL FUNDS RAISED will be used to benefit malnourished children in Haiti.
As Troy shared in this previous post we have been very excited about Medika Mamba and the results we've seen in the lives of sick and malnourished children. This locally produced product has incredible things to offer children in need. We could potentially use the product to help more than 250 kids recover from severe forms of malnutrition if you'll help me reach this goal. I am excited and I hope you'll get excited too.

The Truth-
Running and Haiti are very intertwined for me. I started running shortly after Noah was born in mid-2004. In 2005 my little sister and I trained for and ran two marathons together. During that summer and fall the Lord was placing Haiti on our hearts and aligning our will with His in preparation for a move here. Haiti was the topic of conversation on many runs and accomplishing the marathon distance did much to build confidence, courage, discipline and determination in me. It prepared me for moving our family to Haiti. I learned about pressing on when it hurts, when you don't want to press on anymore, when you're very afraid and uncertain of yourself ... all things I needed to further develop in order to board the airplane with five kids and a handful of one-way tickets.

I am by no means a natural runner. I am slow and I struggle with injuries. It takes everything I have physically to do long training runs. The heat, humidity, crowds, bad roads, ministry, and larger family have made it difficult to be able to run, let alone WANT to train for a longer race.

After I moved to Haiti I cut back my distance running and have not run more than 13.1 miles since 2005. But this is different. I really want this. Not because I am such a stellar athlete (I'm not) ... But because it might matter to someone. For me this will be a major accomplishment. To train and complete the race during the hottest time of the year in Port au Prince won't be all rainbows and ponies and happy thoughts -- it is going to hurt.

Money for hungry kids motivates me.

Four years since I last ran the Twin Cities Marathon with my sister, I would like to do it again and tie my love of running and my love for Haiti together and have it make a difference to more than 250 little kids who can only dream of doing the things I have been blessed to do in my lifetime. My sister will be by my side race-day to help coax me to the finish, Beth and Troy will help me train in Port au Prince, Haiti conditions, and you will encourage me with your sponsorship, and it will matter.

  • To read a post I wrote about the sights and sounds on a Port au Prince training run go here.
  • Please consider spreading the word on your blogs and facebook.
  • Pray for strong legs combined with an extremely mild Haitian summer.


Laura said...

Tara- this is awesome! I've posted about it on my blog- which will also be fed into my Facebook page. I hope that you receive much more than you're asking for!

You rock my friend! I would do a lot of things to help the kiddos of Haiti. Running is not one of them! :)

Ryan said...

There should be a "Like" button on the blog.

www.shoes2share.com said...

Tara - your compassion to run, in helping Haiti's most vulnerable, is an unbridled passion for Christ's work to be done through you........ and sista you and your family are working it with enthusiasm that is inspirational! I will be praying for the sweetest, coolist, most joyful & injury free summer of training to get you prepared! I'm also going to spread the word! Stock up on your coolest running shoes now!

Anonymous said...

Hi friend! I donated. We will try and donate again (and maybe again) before race day.

I will spread the word. Wish I could run with you. Someday we will.


Anonymous said...

awesome!! can you give us your training schedule and plan? that would be so cool to follow you daily and pray for your every step!!! awesome!! hugs Amy

Heather said...

I linked you on my blog and FB as well. You go! Love and cool breezes to you(:

Laura said...

Thank you Jesus! You are 20% there and it's been less than 12 hours! That is so awesome! Just think what could happen in the next 4 months!

T & T Livesay said...

I am perma-grinning today. Thank you so much all of you for kicking this off big in the first 15 hours. I don't want you to all be totally sick to death of this by October ... so I promise not to make this the singular focus of life --- but I have to say that I am so so so excited about this ... you don't even know.

Amy -
I may add little post scripts to the end of posts with the training notes ... I am officially beginning the marathon training on June 8th.

It is an 18 week plan that calls for one long run per week and three shorter runs ... in total if I am able to get it all in I will run approximately 465 training miles over the months of June-July-August-September

The training I am following is designed for non-super stars and calls for four days of running a week and one cross training day - two rest days. Hopefully doing very early morning (4am?) runs will allow me to get the miles in before the heat is too much. Thanks for your kind words of encouragement.

Anonymous said...

Tara - thank you for doing this. I am amazed at your ministry - who ever thought you'd be where you are back when Hope and Djenica were at the O?
We're behind you 100% - Eddie has done marathons in his 'prior' life - and this is a wonderful cause. You have our thoughts, our prayers, and our dollars!

Anonymous said...

Tara, I think it is fabulous that you are doing this ... can I just give u money when I come down this summer or would u rather have me do it on the clicky thing up there. No bank card with me at the library right now so let me know and I will do whichever ... we're there in 2 weeks. :) Let me know if u guys need or want anything when we come down also. Hugs ...

Anonymous said...

Oops ... just realize I did that under anonymous and perhaps you wouldnt figure out that it was me ... silly ... it's shelly :)

Anonymous said...

Put me down for 5 US$ per mile. I'll talk to you in church about how to donate this. Els

Kari Mitchell said...

May the wind be at your back for every mile! You'll do great girlie! Thank you for being so inspirational. We're proud of you. Kari & Bo