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Racing for Youth Sports

Stewart Dawson / flickr

The other week I had one of those awful days that turned around by simply not allowing myself to miss a run. Well, Karma is bound to come back around.

When looking at potential marathons in the spring, the Boston Marathon popped up as the only major marathon on the East Coast. Now, as some of you may know, there is a qualification requirement for this particular marathon. I was ready to give up on my dream of debuting at a big marathon until I heard from a friend that if you make a commitment to fundraise for certain organizations, they would give you a starting spot in return. I checked back on the marathon website, and she was right.

Out of all the organizations there was one in particular that I could identify with: Good Sports, a charity that distributes sports equipment in order to give disadvantaged kids a chance to play sports. Since I have witnessed first-hand how sports can not only be a great stress release but also help you achieve off the field, I was so enthusiastic about this organization that I wanted to help them with or without receiving a spot in the marathon.

And it just so happened that the day after I made myself run – even though I could have found a million great excuses not to – I received a call from Good Sports, and was offered a spot on their marathon team. Needless to say, I accepted: Watch for me fundraising for Good Sports and competing in the 2009 Boston Marathon.

Tags: College, Running, Race, Youth Fitness