I can't say it enough. Thank you!! I was nervous going in to fundraising, I am generally pretty darn good at reaching Goals, but $1,500 seemed like a lot of money... URGH!!! Through Virtual races, Giveaways and generostiy for friends, family and bloggies my first adventure in Marathon fundraising was a PINK SUCCESS!!
Miles 20-25 were dedicated to those who donated. Ask Marlene, thinking about all of you during those miles made my giddy, hyper and even a bit crazed :) I was cheering on spectators, volunteers and anyone who passed by. I was in the Pink spirit.
Mile 20- For Hannah HERE, this amazing little lady packs a fundraising punch, she is a member of Team in Training making outstanding efforts in her purple and green. I was LUCKY enough to meet Hannah briefly at the start line and give her a TALL MOM HUG and cheer her on at mile 20ish. Thank you for your generous donation Hannah!! You will be getting a little surprise in the mail soon.
Mile 21- For Linda HERE, a cancer survivor full of life and pizzaz. While running mile 21 I saw a woman in a Survivor T-shirt with a strong stride and a smile. A wonderful reminder to live each day to the fullest and FIGHT!! I will be bugging you for your address soon.
Mile 22- This was my Erica/Erika mile, we have some generous Erica/Erika's. MCM Mamma, Erica @ I Have Run, Erica @ Run Mommy Run, and my Anonymous Angel Thank you! At mile 22 each quarter mile seems to take forever, so I had plenty of time to reflect and thank each of you.
Mile 23- 23 is of course 2 3's or 33 :). This mile I thought about my Mom & Dad and their support for my sports over the years, I cant wait until they get excited about running :) Then there were Bloggy buddies Jen at Setting Your Free who inspires others daily by her weight loss and amazing outlook on life, Micki who was in the middle of her FIRST Marathon for Team in Training read about it HERE, and Stephanie HERE who would run a Marathon in Kona Marathon the next day.
Mile 24- As my legs got heavy I thought about Ashley HERE who dedicated her donation to the memory of her Grandmother. Amanda who continues her journey toward weight loss and a healthier lifestyle including her FIRST Half Marathon in June, find her at Fat Wuz HERE. And all the WONDERFUL people who read Tall Mom and took the time to donate, Heather and Tammy, THANK YOU!!
Mile 25- This miles was for EVERYONE who gave even $1 to the cause. I was done, tired, ready to STOP, but the amazing part about running for a good cause is that it lifts you... Even a little, your heart is lighter and the burden is less to bear.
FINISH LINE: The photo above is dedicated to these amazing folks whose generosity made my dimples shine: Alinda, Marlene, Jill, Melissa, Caitlin, Khianna, Jessica, Tonia, Nancy, Melissa C., Lynne, Aron, Kathryn, Lacey, Beth, Lisa, Kera, Kim, Peter & Terri, Theresa and Michelle.
- The WINNER of the Grand Prize Giveaway is Melissa at Life by Melissa HERE. Melissa please email me and I will send you your goodies..
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Marathon for the Cure or raising money while running please email me :)