“Hello, my name is Drew, and I’m a runner. I run for Team for Kids. Would you like to make a donation?”
While I don’t start EVERY conversation like that, you can bet that I’ll be weaving something to that effect into as many conversations as possible. Anyone who knows me knows this: if you talk to me for any length of time, eventually I’ll start telling you about my run this morning, and how my fundraising is going.
To say that my running is part of my identity is a huge understatement. Since I was a teenager, running has been a guiding force in my life, anchoring my days and structuring my life. Running transformed me, body and soul, and it keeps me healthy, fit, and mentally sharp. But it also does so much more than that - my running makes me happy.
Since 2007, my runs have allowed me to do one more thing as well- they’ve allowed me to help make the world a better place. By running for TFK, I have turned my passion into a mission, and I know now that every run I do for TFK is not just for me, but it’s also for all those kids out there who just might be transformed, the way I was.
While I have a very full life, including both a demanding job and a large, busy family, my running is like the foundation that stands underneath everything else. My running helps me be the very best I can be in every other area of my life, and now it also helps me be a little bit of running super-hero, too! Saving the world, one mile at a time.
So go ahead – ask me how my running is going! I’d LOVE to tell you all about it.
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg