It’s interesting to ponder how my life has changed over the past few years. While I’m an old guy who moves slow…I’m thankful I’m moving.
I used to enjoy sleeping in on weekends. Now I’m up early for a run, ride, or a hike. I have a community of friends who have encouraged me on my journey. On my journey so far, I have completed a couple of half marathons and done many events earning a medal that recognizes those accomplishments. Some medals are more significant than others.
One of those is from Wings for Life. I have three of them. This amazing worldwide event is special to me. When my wife got into the running “thing” she asked if I wanted to go to this event that started at 3:00 AM that first year. I thought that was crazy, but wanted to support her. When I looked around and realized what was happening, I just HAD to be a part of it.
The Wings for Life World Run is a worldwide run where everybody starts simultaneously, and the finish line chases you. Here’s how it works: On one day each year, Wings for Life takes place at event locations across the planet. Everybody starts at the same time, 11 am UTC. Whether it’s day or night, bright sun or pouring rain at your location – you’re running together with the world and sharing an amazing experience.
It's special to me because I was somewhat disabled for much of my life until I had fusion surgery. 100% of all entry fees and all donations raised through fundraising campaigns goes directly to life-changing spinal cord research projects and clinical trials at renowned universities and institutes worldwide. It’s a special event that everyone can participate in via their app with a virtual catcher car. I encourage you to be a part of this annual event that takes place in May wherever you are.
As I write this, I'm excited that Wings for Life is coming in a few weeks. I look forward to it and reflect on the inaugural event. I ponder how far I’ve come and am thankful that I have been able to stay active.
While I don’t have a marathon on my bucket list, I have much respect for those who do them. At the 2017 Los Angeles Marathon, Team Runners Lane had over 70 people participate. That’s a significant number for a local running group. We have a GREAT aid station supporting our runners and others. The spirit of what we did at mile 22 is captured in this short video. It’s this group of people that keep me motivated. Team Runners Lane inspired the creation of SuccessFit4Life!
In my circle of friends, we have people that are doing some amazing things, 50K’s (31 miles), Spartan Races, Tough Mudder, Iron Man Competitions, Triathlon’s, Ragnar Relay Races and more. It’s exciting to see my friends support each other in these challenging events. I do look back fondly when a couple of them helped me complete the Down and Dirty Obstacle Race. I would never have done that without the encouragement of these amazing people. That’s a medal I cherish.
Another medal I reflect fondly on is from our BEAST CHARITY RUN. The Beast is about a 10 mile journey with an elevation of over 2000 feet. Each year we donate money to a worthy cause. Someone who is an inspiration to me donated the medals for this event.The medals for this event were donated by someone who is an inspiration to me.
I work in the promotional marketing industry that produces these medals. My heart is always to do what I can to support worthy causes. You can learn about our desire to contribute to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital here. It was a blessing that we made a connection with Ronald Davis, President of IMC, an award-winning company that does awesome high-end medals. Ron caught the vision of what we are doing. As a runner, he was happy to support our event. It turns out that Ron is quite an athlete, running half marathons at age 71. I LOVE this picture he sent me. The sign on his back says: CAUTION 70 YEAR OLD IN FRONT OF YOU
Also special to me is the Santa Clarita Marathon. One of my first formal events was the Mayors Walk which is part of the Santa Clarita Marathon. The next year I did the 5K followed by two half marathons. Here's my blog post on how I got to the Half Marathon.
The core of SuccessFit4Life! is to encourage other people on their wellness journey wherever they want to go. From my personal journey, we have created the SuccessFit4Life! WELLNESS PROGRAM for businesses and organizations of all sizes and fundraising SuccessFit4Life! EVENTS. Contact us if you would like to learn more about these programs.
Many make jokes about doing events for the “bling.” The medals are great, and some are nicer than others, but what’s important is what the medal represents.
As I look back, I’m so grateful I started moving which has changed my life in many ways. We share motivational slogans regularly in our SuccessFit4Life! Facebook Group and Twitter. I’d like to close with this one: A Year from Now You’d Wish You Started Today. Consider where you want to go in your life and do what it takes to get there.