Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Turning 60

Turning 60...it's the new 40.  I heard that somewhere and it appeals to me as I look forward to turning 60 in 2018.  It's still over a year away but unlike turning 50, I'm looking forward to turning 60.  I may look it but I don't feel it.

So here's how you can play a part in helping me celebrate turning 60 in 2018.  I need something challenging to do. And it should involve running something extreme.  It may not be fast and it may not even be pretty but it sure will be fun.  Oh, and it should include Reggae Marathon in December 2018.  If all goes well between now and then, that year will also be the 10th consecutive Reggae Marathon event I'll have participated in.

Here's what I've noodled so far:

  • Running the Gobi Desert.  If you have to ask...it's a 6 stage 250 km 'march' across the Gobi Desert in China.  Hmmmm....
  • Run 60 events in 2018.  Yep, that's more than one per week.  If I start with the Dopey Challenge at Disneyworld in January I might just make it...4 days of running:  5k, 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon...
  • Run a 60K.  There are a number of extreme running events around Ontario including an oldie in Algonquin Park.  The one that got my attention though was a 60K in Central Park, New York...
You get the idea.

And because the physical challenge just isn't enough, I want to tie this in to a fund raising effort. I've raised funds for the Diabetes Association of Canada, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and most recently for Youth Mental Health.  All are worthwhile but I'm drawn to helping young people. Again though, suggestions are welcome.

I've got the better part of a year to figure this out and I'm looking forward to your suggestions. Turning 60 sure is going to be fun.

Until next time...

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