Why do I run?
There are probably a half-dozen answers to that question at any given moment, but for the sake of brevity, I'll focus on this one: I run for cheetahs.
On December 29th, I will run a 24-hour race - Across The Years in Glendale, AZ - where the goal is to rack up as many miles as possible under an open clock ticking live from 9am to 9am, with no timeouts. It's a type of ultramarathon... and I've never even competed in a standard-length 26.2 mile marathon! But I've logged 2011 training miles this year, all with this event in mind.
So what does a 24-hour race have to do with cheetahs? Well, as Earth's human population celebrates rolling past 7 billion people (up from 1.6 billion in 1900), I want to call attention to the wild cheetah population of only 7 thousand (down from 100 thousand in 1900) that needs our help. The Cheetah Conservation Fund, founded in 1990 by Dr. Laurie Marker, is my charity of choice in life.
Should you be so inclined, I am currently accepting donations through my firstgiving.com account to benefit the CCF. I would very much like to raise $7000 for Dr. Marker, by December 31st, which is really just a buck per cheetah surviving in the wild today. Please give until it hurts. I promise to run well past the point of hurting: I guarantee at least 53 miles (2 marathons).
As an added bonus, you're all welcome to watch me
cramp die bleed RUN thanks to a live broadcast on the race promoter's website, aravaiparunning.com. Follow my training tweets here; energy permitting, there may also be raceday updates!