Run the Pole!
Since Boston will have to wait until 2008, Iâ€™ve got a free weekend in the middle of April. What to do? How about a great northern adventure? It just so happens that the North Pole Marathon is held on April 15th. Yeah, the geographic North Pole; You know, top of the world, vast ice sheet, Robert Peary, Santa; The real deal.
Yourrunning.com is sponsoring a North Pole Marathon contest, and Iâ€™m entering with guns blazing. The winner gets entry to the race (including travel) and must complete a multi-media journal of the experience. Since I want the judges to know Iâ€™m serious, Iâ€™ve set up a full-blown blog called â€œRun the Pole.â€ Itâ€™s been active since January 8th. Please visit and enjoy. Itâ€™s like Zero to Boston, just colder. And thereâ€™s video.
Those who know me know that Iâ€™d jump feet-first at the chance to do something like this. I never once thought of NOT giving this a try. I am transfixed by the possibility of running on top of the world. Iâ€™m quite beside myself.
Besides journaling the experience, and raising awareness for International Polar Year (focusing on climate change and the Arctic), Iâ€™d be running to support a cause called the Crohnâ€™s & Colitis Foundation of America. Itâ€™s not a well-known charity. Of course, Crohnâ€™s is not a well-known disease. Itâ€™s chronic, has no cure and several of my friends have it. I want to help them. This is a stellar opportunity to do just that.
My official contest entry is posted publicly at Yourrunning.com soon. Comments from supporters are welcome (scroll to the bottom of the screen), so I shamelessly beg for your help! Post a comment! Ask the judges to pick me!