To close, let me share a real life example. A couple of years ago at the Country Music Marathon, one Team ASK runner was having a tough time during the race. She had reached the 20-mile mark of the 26.2-mile marathon and just gave up and quit. She sat down on a bench and basically said “stick a fork in me because I am done!” Our training coach (who had never had a person not complete an event) sat down beside her. He patiently listened as she explained why she was frustrated and “done” with the race. She was tired and hot and bored and all the fun was just gone! At that moment, Rick told her that she couldn’t quit and he pointed to the band on her wrist which bore the name of the Special Kids child she was running in honor of. Tears welled up in her eyes. She knew she couldn’t quit because this race wasn’t for her—it was for the child she represented. So she got up and finished the race! Today, she still says that was a defining point in her life and that she is so proud for her accomplishment and for not giving up.
The thought of walking a half marathon, running a marathon, or completing a triathlon may seem unreachable to you right now, but it really is possible. These organizations can give you the tools, coaching, and motivation you need to make it happen, no matter what your fitness level. (And trust me, there are people of all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels training and completing these events.) Why not go for it and do something you never thought possible? Choose a charity that is close to your heart, something you really believe in, and make your dream—and the dreams of others—come true!