The last time I ran the #rundisney Marathon in 2018, it was the 25th anniversary. There are a lot of things I love about that race but one of the biggest is that a January marathon means that a lot of the longer training runs are happening in November and December when PA finally decides it wants to cool down. That being said, it also means that they happen during the holidays so there are a lot of sacrifices to make to get runs in. I knew it wouldn’t be an every year race for me because of that, so I decided on every 5 years to coincide with the anniversary years.
January will be the 30th anniversary so I’ve known for a little while I’d be going back for it. What I didn’t realize was that it’s also the 10th anniversary of the Dopey challenge. If you’re not familiar with rD events, it’s 48.6 miles over 4 days. You run all 4 events that happen at marathon weekend: 5K on Thursday, 10K on Friday, Half Marathon on Saturday, and the Full Marathon on Sunday. I’m sure you see where I’m going with this…
I’m officially signed up to run Dopey 2023, but I decided to do something worthwhile to justify possibly the dumbest decision I’ve ever made and to help with the pain that I’m very voluntarily inflicting on myself through the next 9 months. I’ve signed on to be a #StJudeHero and will be fundraising for them until race day.
I am a St. Jude Hero! I have chosen to run for a reason bigger than myself by fundraising for the kids and families at St. Jude. I am training to cross the finish line on race day and with your donation we can cross the fundraising finish line together because the money you donate helps find a cure for childhood cancer.
Did you know:
- Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food - because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
- Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
- St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
Donate today to help me reach my goal. Even when the race is over, the fight to end childhood cancer continues.