About Run to Remember
In October 2012, I was driving back from the Mid-west Super Spartan Race in Illinois. This was my 4th race in as many weeks during the month of October, and my 12th race since April. As most of my friends and family would say, I found myself slightly addicted. Besides the thrill of the race, one of the great things about these races is that typically they support a worthy cause. It was at that point that it hit me, how great would it be if I could combine my passion for racing and somehow raise money for a cause I care about? The rest of the drive, my mind was filled with ideas of how to make this happen. From that thought, Run to Remember was born.
Several people asked, "Why not create your own race?", but I wanted to do something different. Instead of creating my own race dedicated to raising money for the Alzheimer's Association, the idea to run multiple races and collect pledges and donations by completing the races piqued my interest most. My initial thought was 52 races in 52 weeks, but that seemed to simple. I decided to push myself that much further, to make the endeavor that much greater - Thus, the goal of completing 100 races in 52 weeks was my final determination.
Why the Alzheimer's Association?
As you may have read and seen on other pages of the site, the Alzheimer's Association does important work to advocate and support finding a cure for a disease that has directly impacted my life and the life of my family. When my grandmother was diagnosed with the disease, knowing there was no cure and the inevitability that it would eventually claim her life was always incredibly hard to accept. Watching the effect of her battle with the disease and the effect on my family is why I want to make a difference. To provide awareness for greater resources dedicated to research. To provide awareness of the unpaid caregivers who look after those they love and shepherd them through their struggle. Most of all, while I felt helpless to help my grandmother, that I might be a part of the solution that other families in the future may not have the same experience.