Tomorrow I will be running in the Cleveland Half Marathon. I hadn’t planned on running it for numerous reasons, but when a fellow Clevelander (thank you Ann!) asked on social media if anyone would take her place I volunteered without much hesitation. I had just ran the 20 Mile Drop last month and figured I was pseudo prepared to run 13.1 miles and, besides, I like to help people as much as I can. I run a lot so I’m not too concerned whether I can pull this off. The weather for the first time in awhile is supposed to be ideal with race time temp around 45 degrees. I will also be sporting a kilt too because why not? I’m going to make the best of this as I can. Ann had also requested that instead of paying her for the race entry to just donate it to my charity of choice. This is an easy decision for me when in I had planned on running the 2012 Cleveland Marathon when I turned 40. I was unable to run then due to an unfortunate injury, but I did a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis. Dear friends of my wife and I have a son that lives with CF. I couldn’t think of a better honor then to run for Aidan, my young hero. I ended up raising $1,300 for CF. I was touched then. Even though I’m not running a full nor had time to prepare a full blown fundraiser every little bit helps. I’m wearing my site’s URL on my shirt, which incidentally, is the running shirt from that 2012 marathon. Hoping it brings me good luck and also anyone reading this will help those with Cystic Fibrosis. Below is info on CF that I also posted back in 2012.
Cystic Fibrosis for those that don’t know much or anything about it.
CF is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of 70,000 people worldwide. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:
- clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
- In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, thanks to advances in research and medical treatments, many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
Visit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to learn how to get involved or give.