|You know that saying "If you want it done right, do it yourself?" That's what I decided to do. And it's how I came to the conclusion that running 32 miles in Queeny Park on March 11, 2017 would be super awesome. |
Let me back up a little. After several years of competing in Ironman triathlons, I was looking for a new challenge. An ultra run sounded cool. I've always stopped at a marathon (26.2 miles) but hey, what's a few more miles? So I started researching ultra marathons in the region. Nothing stood out to me. But I kept having this recurring thought- what if I ran an ultra at Queeny Park? It's one of my favorite places to run, so why not? Problem: there are no official ultra runs at Queeny Park. Solution: Do it myself. So, my friends, the "Queeny Meanie" was born! It's 8 loops around the park, for a total of 32 miles.
But I didn't just want to run an ultra. I wanted to run an ultra for a cause. And after my first season as a head coach for a Girls on the Run team- it was an easy choice! Girls on the Run not only coaches girls to be able to run a 5K at the end of a 10 week program, but also teaches topics on self-esteem, positivity, standing up for yourself and others, empowerment, healthy habits, goal setting, teamwork and cooperation, and identifying bullying behavior. These aren't just running skills - these are LIFE skills. And seeing each of my girls succeed in their own big goals was an incredible experience.
It's my turn. This is my big goal. And I need your help to get there! I want to raise $2400 [NOTE: original goal of $1200 achieved on Jan. 12!!]. This will support TWO ENTIRE Girls on the Run teams for a season! Please, help me give the gift of running and help a team of girls reach their own goals.
Want to run with me? Excellent! I would love for you to make a minimum donation of $1/per mile that you want to run. Not a runner? No problem! I would love a donation of any amount to help me reach my goal!
Thank you for your support!
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Location: Edgar M. Queeny County Park,
550 Weidman Road,
Saint Louis, MO 63131
Note: Once you enter from Weidman Rd., drive up the hill and take the first left. This street will dead-end at a parking lot, which will serve as the Start/Finish area, and primary aid station area. Spectators welcome! Participants welcome! Dogs welcome! Kids welcome! Bring everyone!