Running 100k to Raise $10k!
I'm raisings funds for the mission of Autism Speaks - enhancing lives today and accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.
Please support me by donating and help me meet my fundraising goal - and you, too, can enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow!
What Am I Doing?
I will be running in the Zion Ultra Marathon 100k event roughly one week after World Autism Awareness Day in 2021. The event is in Virgin, UT just outside of Zion National Park on April 10th 2021. The hope is that the more I run and train for this, the more awareness we can spread about Autism and help to support the mission of Autism Speaks.
Why Am I Doing This?
People matter. Spreading kindness matters. I believe we should use our passions and strengths to put more good into the world. The work Autism Speaks does beautifully intersects with those core beliefs.
At the start of 2020, I couldn't have ran a 5k. Now, I have yet to find the limits of what I can do for endurance running. So, I want to use that to spread awareness and raise funds for organizations and causes I care about.
If running this sort of distance is what it takes to bring more awareness to this organization and encourage you to donate, then I am very glad for the opportunity to do it.
In these uncertain times, if the event is canceled due to COVID-19, I will make arrangements to run the same distance locally that same weekend.
If I get lost, hurt, or die during the run and am unable to finish the full distance as a result, please don't hold that against me. : )
Summary of donation levels
To encourage donations, while you can donate any amount, the “levels” listed below come with some specific benefits. Please shoot me a text, email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or message on social media if you choose one of these levels so I can get you set up with the supporter rewards for that level.
$10 Bronze Level
Choice of one song for the playlist. These will be used during my long weekend runs and the race itself. I am going to need like 12-14 hours of music for the race so keep the tunes coming!
$20 Silver Level
Sponsor a mile and enter the “Fastest Mile” drawing. Pick any mile from 1 through 63 for which one will be the fastest. For those that pick the top 3 fastest miles, I will work with you to order one apparel item of your choice from the shop.autismspeaks.org website.
$50 Gold Level
Double the rewards of the prior two levels and more!! So you get to pick two songs, two fastest miles, and access to a private Facebook group for special updates, training tips, and more such as live events.
$100 (based on $1 per Kilometer) Platinum Level
Welcome to the Platinum Club. This is limited to the first 100 individuals donating $100 or more. Anyone at this level will receive all of the $50 rewards, and will also get these additional items:
- Your name on a special made ”Zion Ultras 100k for Autism Speaks” plaque to commemorate this event and your contributions. The plaque will be made to order by fellow Platinum Club member Jason Varner and shared on social media platforms but stored/located in Illinois.
- LiveTrack updates - you will get a link from Garmin Connect where you can get updates on my location, pace, and the like. These updates will be for the marathon run on February 6th (weather permitting), any local races I enter in the interim, and the Zion 100k itself. Please note that cell service will be spotty in Zion so full real time updates may vary and will be dependent upon battery needs.
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