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Right before the official start of last year's race.
I'm running for their lives

2013 was a life altering year for me.  There are many reasons for that, but it all started with a visit to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.  I was absolutely blown away by the environment, people and positive attitudes that all of the staff have.  Watching these people perform life-saving procedures inspired me to take on a life-changing challenge.  I decided to run the 1/2 marathon portion of the St. Jude Country Music Marathon. 

You know the rest of the story.  Prior to the race I had never run more than a 5K (and I had only done one of those at the time).  I started training like crazy.  Every time I started to get tired or didn't think I could go any further, I thought of those kids at St. Jude who never give up.  If they give up, they lose their fight, and that's not an option.  With your help, my co-worker, Devon, and I raised about $8,000 for the kids and families at St. Jude.  We went down to Nashville and crushed it.  I finished the marathon (in the pouring rain) in about 2:09:00.  That's a great time but not as good as I wanted. 

This year I'm adding a little pressure to myself.  My goal is to finish the race in under two hours.  I think it's doable but it's going to take a lot of training.  I'd also love to show them again how amazing the WPOC family is by bringing down a nice big check for the hospital.  It takes $1.8 million to operate the hospital for just one day.  Any donation you can give goes a very long way and helps to ensure that no family ever has to pay for treatment at St. Jude. 

Thank you all for your help and support.  I'd also like to say a huge thank you to Pete Best and Peterbuilt for their amazing donation to kickstart this fundraising. 

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