Thursday, April 21, 2011

It’s Official.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve begun my training for my next BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). Look for me at the starting line of the San Francisco Marathon on July 31, 2011.

sfmWhy San Francisco? Well, for lots of reasons not the least of which is a chance to combine a great adventure and a visit with my brother, John, who has lived in the Bay Area for many years.

I also fell in love with the city when I did business there back in the 1980’s. Oh, and of course there is the incredible attraction of running across the Golden Gate Bridge (twice). It’s a demanding/hilly course, but I think I’m up for that or at least I will be three months from now.

Note: The cool weather in San Francisco makes it one of the few spots in the United States where you can run a “big city” marathon comfortably in mid-summer.

Typically, I tie my endurance challenges to raising money for Multiple Sclerosis research. But this time I decided to give all of my wonderful and constant supporters a break from that annual request. Maybe later this year—or even next year—I will find another way to do that. But, for now, peace on that front. And, of course, thank you again and again to all of those who have sponsored me over the years.

This doesn’t mean I will be running without purpose. Far from it. The good will of my family and friends who have supported me in my fundraising efforts over the last 18 years will again be a sustaining force. Making the most of this gift called life, in my father’s memory, a second driver. And, ultimately, I run because I know that others who suffer from illnesses like MS cannot. I do it for them.

I’ll post regularly here, among other topics, but you can follow my marathon preparation daily on Twitter, too, @chasruns2stopms.

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