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Brendan Hayes Fundraising Page
Des Plaines River Trail 50 Miler
I’ve been running for a few years now, but it’s only in the past year or so that I’ve started taking it seriously. My goal last year was to complete a half marathon by my birthday in March and a full marathon by the end of the year. I met both of these goals by November when I participated in a 6 hour trail ultra-marathon and managed to complete 27.5 miles. As I recovered from that event I realized that I wanted to see if I could go further in 2013. As the New Year started, I set a new goal for myself complete a 50K (31 miles) and hopefully a 50 miler. On April 21st of this year I completed the 50K at the Earth Day 50K trail race held in Crystal Lake Illinois. After meeting that goal I decided to go for my second goal. In October, I will be running the Des Plaines River Trail 50 Miler, an ambitious goal to say the least.
After seeing a member of the local running group do a 50 mile treadmill run to benefit local food pantries, I decided that if I am going to do a “serious” race I should try to do it to benefit a good cause. It did not take me long to realize something that has affected my family and I.
My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2000. She decided early that the best course of action would be surgical followed by chemo therapy. Needless to say, though it was difficult, she made the decision and is now a 13 year survivor.
As I continued to think about it, I realized that there were others who have fought, or are fighting, with breast cancer. My aunt Martha was diagnosed in 2007. A former classmate was diagnosed in 2010. These few people I know are a very small percentage of the people who have had to deal with the effects of this disease, but each of them, and others, have had their lives changed.
I wanted a serious cause to run for during my “serious” race. I don’t think I could find a more serious cause. I know that whatever I raise is just a drop in the bucket, but even the smallest contribution can make a difference for someone who needs all the help available.
Photo Credit Scott Laudick from Runner Pics