Alright, here it is… the thing I have been most excited to propose all year. I’ll need everyone involved to pull this one off! Wait, don’t stop reading, hear me out! First, I’m going to propose the challenge. Then, I’ll explain why I am so excited about it.
The Kansas City Marathon on October 18, 2014. Yes, I want YOU to participate. I would love for all of you to run the marathon, but I know most people won’t want to even attempt it. Fortunately, on that same date they offer a 5k (3.1 miles), a half marathon (13.1 miles), the marathon (26.2 miles) and the team relay marathon (five legs with different distances). This race is Kansas City’s biggest running event, with 15-20,000 people participating each year. Plus, about 3 times that many people line the streets of Kansas City to cheer you on. It is really a sight to see!
If 40 people agree to join #TeamBlue, I will do something I swore I would never do again. I will run the marathon in full police uniform for the second time. At this point, all you have to do is send me a message on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org with what distance you are willing to do and who is coming with you. I will provide a 12 week training program for the distance to help you along the way. Get your family involved, no one says you have to run the 5k, you can even walk it. Once I know how many people want to participate in this challenge, I will contact the Kansas City Sports Commission to see about the best way to sign the team up for the event (I’ll see what kind of discount we can get as well). I will also get t-shirts made for the race so we can see and cheer on our fellow #teamblue members.
Why I want you to participate in the challenge:
For your health. Most people don’t know or remember, but in 2010 I was 50 pounds heavier. That summer I decided to make a change and did it in a crazy way. I began training for the Kansas Ironman 70.3. It was my first triathlon and I went big! I hadn’t swam any real distance, rode a bike more than 5 miles at a time or ran more than 4 miles, but I finished! I’ve never looked back. When you make the decision to lose weight and set a goal it is the most gratifying thing in the world. I never felt better, I had more energy for enjoying the small things in life.
Most of us can stand to lose a few pounds, and to improve our overall fitness – having a goal and some support along the way is a great way to accomplish this task.
So what do you say? Make this the year you get healthy? C’mon, let’s do this!
Of course, my hope is all of this will also give exposure to the charities I’ve been fundraising for this year. With your help, we can really raise some money! We can do this several ways. You can help raise money by sending others to my website to donate or you can set up your own fundraising site (I can help) and we can track donations that way. Our law enforcement, military, and firefighter families need our help.
Please give this some thought and join #teamblue to make a difference in your own life, and in the life of a family who really needs it.
Thank you everyone for reading this and for your support.