Jun162009

Racing for a Cause

I’ve been a runner since seventh grade cross country. Twenty six years. After high school, I ran without purpose: a few days when I was feeling fat or lazy here, a 5k with no training there. In 2002, I became more serious than ever, running nine marathons and many shorter races since. Until last year, the competition with myself was motivation enough to put in the hours and miles of training each week, year round, in New England’s predictably lovely weather. But training for Boston this year, I realized it could be about more than the run. Most events provide an opportunity to raise money for charity, and I decided, whenever possible, that I would make that the focus of my efforts.
Tech shirt, circa 1983

Tech shirt, circa 1983

I’ve been a runner since seventh grade cross country. Twenty six years. After high school, I ran without purpose: a few days when I was feeling fat or lazy here, a 5k with no training there.

In 2002, I became more serious than ever, running nine marathons and many shorter races since. Until last year, the competition with myself was motivation enough to put in the hours and miles of training each week, year round, in New England’s predictably lovely weather.

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But training for Boston this year, I realized it could be about more than the run. Most events provide an opportunity to raise money for charity, and I decided, whenever possible, that I would make that the focus of my efforts.

I’ll be using this site both to promote my fund raising and the charities I support and to track my training and impart what little wisdom I have along the way.

My first event is the two day, 150-mile Cape Cod Getaway bike ride, to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Next is the Nautica New York City Triathlon, to benefit the Running Start Foundation.

I appreciate your generous support of the good work these charities do.

Thanks,
Rob Campbell