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A Painful Reminder


A Painful Reminder

1 Comment 09 May 2010

When Haiti was hit by a massive earthquake I decided I had to do something in hopes of making a difference in the lives of those affected by the tragedy. Being friends with the national director of  Team World Vision I knew that any money raised on their behalf would be used wisely to help the people of Haiti, so I decided to run the OC Marathon.  To be honest, a couple things crossed my mind at the time of making this decision.  One was, I’m about to ask people to donate $2500 to an organization other than Give Your Sole knowing that we really need the funds to continue our work too.  Second, I knew without a doubt, the people of Haiti still needed it more than we did. Lives were at stake. Children were left homeless, motherless and fatherless. Our $2500 could wait. So, I began to train and ask for money.  The following is what took place Sunday, May 2nd as I ran the OC Marathon.

Go Team World Vision

I awoke to my trusty blackberry alarm at 5:30 am to put on my race gear I had laid out the night before.  The race began in one hour from the time I rolled out of bed; no sweat. I started the day like every other day when I head out for a run.  Every runner knows, you never change the routine if you have any plans on finishing.  Pasta the night before, and nothing crazy in the morning. So far, so good.  Meanwhile, while I was getting ready, friends of mine were getting the Give Your Sole booth set up for finish line shoe collections as runners finished the 5k, half marathon and full marathon.

My family and I decided to stay the night before at a nearby hotel only to avoid the race day morning traffic and street closures. (Totally worth it, by the way!) I walked out my hotel door at 6am with a half hour to spare. Eating my banana and Clif Bar I walked to the start line with 13,000 other eager participants.  All I could think about was how great it would be if all these runners knew about Give Your Sole and our goal of making sure every homeless person in this country had shoes on their feet.

Potential Donors

As I began to stretch I worked my way towards the start line to where the announcer was, in hopes of having him share a plug about Give Your Sole and our cause.  I’d met Rudy, the announcer, at the expo a couple days prior to race day and he was very kind and supportive of our cause.  As I progressed closer to the starting line, Rudy, all of a sudden mentioned to all the participants about Give Your Sole. Wow! I couldn’t have been more grateful! Minutes later the horn sounded and we were off.  Some of us focused on the half marathon, others, the full.

As I began my run everything felt fine.  Then. As I approached mile 12. Blisters! On the bottom of each arch. “ARE YOU KIDDING ME!” I’ve never gotten blisters but today was a different story. This point of the race is where decisions are made. Do I go for the half marathon and finish with grace or continue on with the full marathon as promised to my donors?

Decision Time

I chose the latter. After all, I made a promise, a promise to the people of Haiti that I would run for them.  Not much after the decision was made the blisters got worse.  What came next was unexpected. Cramps. Both quads cramped at about mile 15. As if that wasn’t enough, my groin and calves cramped soon thereafter.  I had to walk off the cramps for about 1/4 mile and run 3/4 of a mile. I would do this routine the rest of the race.  Not pretty by any means. Not in my plan at all. Funny thing is, it really wasn’t ‘my’ plan anyhow.

But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. – Matthew 7:14

While the pain came and went like the tide, I realized this was not at all about me. It was about the money that everyone donated because of those in need in Haiti. My personal disappointment was far more irrelevant than what was taking place and continues to take place in Haiti. World Vision continues to work towards relief of those still suffering.  If you would like to help in some way, you can still DONATE in hopes of reaching our goal of $2500.

As I came up on the finish line, an hour later than planned, my wife and son awaited me. There they stood cheering me on as though that hour I gained meant nothing. As I hobbled towards the Give Your Sole booth bodies lay everywhere. From the looks of things you would have thought a triage unit was needed. By the time I reached my booth, I was starting to feel better. I asked the team working the booth what our count was for shoes. 140 pairs. Another disappointment or should I say, ‘personal’ disappointment.  I guess sometimes it’s not about how many but how many it will help. That reminds me….

I had hoped for more pairs, but then again, one pair can make all the difference.

Man on the street receiving a pair

Orange County Rescue Mission

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Orange County Rescue Mission

No Comments 23 April 2010

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The Orange County Rescue Mission in Orange County California was founded in 1963.  Give Your Sole is excited to have the opportunity to be working with the mission as the main recipient of all the shoes that will be collected at the OC Marathon taking place over the weekend of Friday April 30th-May 2nd, 2010.

The Rescue Mission has many wonderful services to offer those who come through their doors.  The Village of Hope, a 192-bed transitional housing program for homeless men, women and children, opened in March 2008 with the arrival of 30 men from the Rescue Mission’s shelter in Santa Ana. The Children’s Dream Center, a 6,000 square foot center located on the Village campus, was completed three months later in July and the Rescue Mission began admitting single homeless women with children and intact families.

The Village of Hope is at 90% capacity, with a total of 169 homeless individuals consisting of homeless single men, single women, single women with children, single men with children, and two parent families. The largest homeless sub-population on the Village of Hope campus is single women with children.

The Village of Hope also offers: Spiritual and Personal Development, Case Management and Counseling Services, Medical and Dental Care, Workforce Development and Computer Training Center, Food Service and Dining, Child Development Center, Transportation Services and Recreation.

Whether you live in California or are traveling from out of town for the marathon you can play a part in helping this Rescue Mission by donating your moderately worn athletic shoes to Give Your Sole.  See you at the race!


The Power of a T-Shirt

No Comments 03 May 2009

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Apparel accounts for $6 billion in sales annually…35% of that is from T-shirts.  The cotton canvas is the way to go if you need to get the word out about a cause you are passionate about.  

Today we woke at 5 am to spend our waking hours running the OC half marathon with hope that other runners would notice our T-shirts. We didn’t run to set a personal record and we didn’t run for self preservation; today we ran with one thing in mind; to promote Give Your Sole! Just two guys running among thousands, trying to stay ahead of enough people so they could read the Give Your Sole mission statement screen printed on our backs. It worked!

 About 5 miles into the race a nice lady struck up conversation and asked if we would be collecting shoes at the finish. “Unfortunately not today”  I said, “but we will have a booth all 3 days at the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon at the end of the month.  Will you be running that one?”  “Yes” she said, “I will see you there and will bring my shoes.”  Over the next 8.1 miles many more people struck up conversation and shared their support for Give Your Sole.  

Thank you to those who took time out of pursuing their goal to ask about Give Your Sole.  Thank you Tim for allowing your body to be a billboard for a day.  Ahhh the touch, the feel, the power of cotton…..

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