You can tell a great organization by the way they treat their people. One of the best organizations is Team World Vision. They’re working to end the global water crisis by giving everyone access to clean water.
Their work is far-ranging and goes beyond just clean water. They also work to provide nutritious food and health care. It’s the reason I run for them and the awareness of the need for clean water.
One of the things Team World Vision does is celebrate their leaders. They provide access to regional leaders to help guide them as they lead their local team. They also provide encouragement during the difficult times. Maybe the most amazing thing is they also put together an engaging and informative National Leader’s Gathering to thank them and equip them for the upcoming year. Read more...
I participated in the Amway River Bank 25K run this past Sunday. It’s an annual event that was started in 1978. The race, a 15.5-mile stroll through downtown Grand Rapids and more, is one of scenic beauty. You run past the John Ball Park Zoo, along the river bank, and back into the city. Every part of the run can take your breath away.
Over the years, the sponsors have changed. It started as the Old Kent River Bank Run, transitioned into the Fifth Third River Bank Run, and is now the Amway River Bank Run. There’s a lot of history in the race and people are proud.
A few months ago, I was approached by a local pastor to do something crazy. He had put together a team of runners to run the Ragnar Michigan relay. This run takes runners from Muskegon, Mi to Traverse City, Mi for a 200-ish mile run.
The Dogman Bounty Runners At The Finish Of Ragnar 2022 Michigan
The team consisted of 12 runners, a driver, and two volunteers for the event. That’s a lot of people, with most of them being inside a 15-passenger van. The thought of it reminded me of the Five Iron Frenzy song Superpowers. One line of the song went like this:
Eight people in a stinky van, a couple more couldn’t hurt.
I guess the guys and gal in Five Iron Frenzy were right. A few more people in a stinky van wouldn’t hurt as we all rode peacefully to each leg of the race to cheer each other on. Read more...
Little did I know what that experience would bring. It was a time of bonding, growth, and helping the less fortunate.
This half marathon was unofficial and untimed.
Photo by Ryan Hanson
Last year, I did something I believed I never could. I ran my first official full marathon. The marathon run was challenging, frustrating, and heart-wrenching.
That’s why, this year, when the opportunity presented itself to run for Team World Vision and clean water again, I begrudgingly said yes. I chose to run the Metro Health Grand Rapids Half Marathon because of clean water.
I ran the Metro Health Grand Rapids Half Marathon this past Sunday, October 20th. It was a much better experience than the previous year. It has me excited for the next half marathon in June. Read more...
Image: Pamela Lalonde/About to cross the finish line.
In my first post, I talk about Preparing For My First 5K. It has been a few weeks since I published that post and I completed my first 5K on October 15th, 2011.
It was a great time running with my brother Steve, his friend James, and my youth pastor Rick. Steve and James decided to dress up as super heroes to run the race. You can see a great picture of them below.
James provided a great inspirational story. A year ago he was involved in a bad motorcycle wreck and had extensive reconstructive surgery from the waist down. During his recovery, he has lost 40lbs and become very health conscious. It was my pleasure to run with him in this 5K. Read more...