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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Posted by brooke : head runner : founder of The runningbrooke Fund heather m. : new-ish runner and chief promoter at 2:14 PM
I’m Heather M., a friend of Brooke, a supporter of the RunningBrooke Fund, and a former, hopefully future, runner. (Ok, I once ran a 10 mile race, but I had to start somewhere!) When I told Brooke that I would help her with this new blog, I told her that I just wanted to post a little something at the beginning about why I support her and her fund. Last week, someone stole my thunder. - One of her friends and supporters told her why they support her fund, “Brooke, you’re my friend but I would support your fund even if we weren’t so close. I support the RunningBrooke Fund because you support charities that help people improve their lives.”
Gosh, I hate when people steal my thunder, but I do have another reason I support the RunningBrooke Fund.
Brooke says she isn’t good at math. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t take a dime out of her fund to pay for any of her expenses. That’s right. This is not a job for her. It may be what she puts all of her time into. It may be what she spends a lot of her money on (It’s expensive to travel all over running marathons). It may be her new passion. But, she doesn’t get a dime for it or a W-2, so, NO, it’s not a job.
Brooke takes 100% of the money that comes into the fund and distributes it to five charities that benefit Alexandria’s children and families. Now, that’s what I call charity. If a family needs food, you should buy the family food, not use 70% of the money to pay for the food and 30% to pay for the person to buy the food, the secretary to handle the paperwork for the ‘charity’ that pays for the for the food and the mileage reimbursement for the people who transport the food. (That’s just my opinion, but that’s what you get in a blog.) I am not against bigger, more corporate charities. I just appreciate those who do the most with what little I give.
I have many other reasons why I support Brooke, but I won’t bore you with all the details. I am one of those people who can go on, and on, and on. Brooke wants to run on and on and on all throughout the world just to support Alexandria’s neediest. Check out our blog and read about all of her marathons and many other posts discussing, running, charity and nutrition. If you have any suggestions for topics you’d like discussed, just shoot an email to Brooke or Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org . We love suggestions!
Posted by brooke : head runner : founder of The runningbrooke Fund heather m. : new-ish runner and chief promoter at 12:28 PM
Monday, September 26, 2011
|Dear Friends, Family and Neighbors,|
Another marathon escapade unfolded and I ticked Indiana (state #27, marathon #38) off my list! But before I get to the Marathon Update (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly), there are two things that I'd like to share with you:
Click HERE for the Alexandria Gazette's excellent review of the night.
And now, without further ado,
The Eagle Creek Trail Marathon.
Over August 5th and 6th, I made the short trip to Indianapolis, Indiana to run the Eagle Creek Trail Marathon -- run on trails, not roads -- (state #27 and marathon #38). Hot, hard and humid, this marathon tested me. Was I going to beat the trail, or was the trail going to beat me?
Personal Factoid: My only other trip to Indy was when I was in 6th grade (see photo above) to watch the Indianapolis 500. It was my first flight too. I remember being terrified of the flight attendant and nervous to ask for a non-alcoholic (in case you thought otherwise!) drink.
Indiana Factoid #1: Between 1900 and 1920, more than 200 different makes of cars were manufactured in Indiana.
Indiana factoid #2: Famous Hoosiers include: Abraham Lincoln (born in Kentucky, moved to Indiana as a child --16th president), Dan Quayle (senator and 44th US VP), James Dean (actor), "Gus" Grissom (astronaut), Jane Pauley (broadcast journalist), Larry Bird (basketball player), John Mellencamp (singer), Florence Henderson (actor), Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman/Folk Hero), Michael Jackson (singer) and David Letterman (late-night talk show host).
Indiana factoid #3: The first professional baseball league game was played in Ft. Wayne (1871) and the first US long-distance auto race (recently featured in the Smithsonian Magazine) was held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1911).
Indiana factoid #4: Theories abound as to why Indiana is nicknamed the Hoosier State. But, alas, it remains unclear. Indiana is also known as the "Crossroads of America" for its junction of interstate highways that serve as a trucking base for many trucking lines.
Waiting for the race to start.
The Ugly (sorry, no ugly)
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(one feature per month, alphabetically)
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Want to help Alexandria right now? Check out the latest online ACTion. We are collecting donations to provide local families with home safety kits. The runningbrooke Fund will match your contribution!
That's it. Congrats, you made it to the end... except for the pictures below. Next up is the Pocatello, ID (State #28, Marathon #39) on September 3rd. It's going to be a quick in-and-out too (like Indianapolis), just an overnight stay. Cheers everyone and stay well. - Brooke
Pre-race in front of my PT Cruiser Rental
Pre-race with Marathon Maniac friend David M. Thanks for taking all the photos!
Posted by brooke : head runner : founder of The runningbrooke Fund heather m. : new-ish runner and chief promoter at 5:40 AM
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Posted by brooke : head runner : founder of The runningbrooke Fund heather m. : new-ish runner and chief promoter at 1:48 PM