Countdown to Furnace Creek 508

Note: I just learned from a friend that the CAF site does not allow donations less than $10. I’ve contacted them to see if this can be changed, but I’m guessing it may be a limitation of their payment processor. In the meantime if you want to make a donation of $4.67, PayPal it to my address and I will pool them together. Unfortunately if you do that I won’t be able to provide you with a charitable donation receipt. If you prefer you can make a donation to CAF for $4.67 the old-fashioned way (downloading their printable form and mailing it) or online for $10 or $14.01 (3x$4.67).

After a year of planning and training, the big event is less than 2 days away.

As it turns out, when I line up for the start on Saturday I will be the same age my father was when he died of heart disease. Though that was not why I decided to do the race this year, in memory of my dad, I’m helping raise money for Challenged Athletes Foundation. The reason I chose CAF is because my dad was an exceptional athlete who enjoyed sports all his life. He was always supportive and encouraging of any athletic endeavors in which my sister or I participated. He was also an avid fan of many sports from local to professional. I’m sure he would have been enthusiastic about CAF’s mission to give more athletic opportunities to persons with physical disabilities.

As a part of CAF’s mission they help disabled veterans who want to participate in sports. My father was a Major in the Army Reserve so I know that would have been important to him as well. When I rode the Pikes Peak Ascent in August there were several veterans who participated as CAF athletes.

Please consider making a donation in honor of my father or someone close to you who has been affected by heard disease.