Hey friends, thanks for stopping by! This is going to be a quick post introducing the LauranDoes179 for ALS challenge but do check back often as I hope to update you all regularly on my journey.
The purpose of the LauranDoes179 challenge is to run 179 race miles across 15 running events in 2015 as part of the TeamDrea Challenge to raise as much awareness of and money for the Blazeman Foundation for ALS research as possible. My race agenda is as follows:
1) Great Winter Run 5km – Edinburgh (Jan 10) COMPLETED
2) Meadows Half Marathon – Edinburgh (8 Mar) COMPLETED
3) Kilomathon 13.1km – Edinburgh (29 Mar) COMPLETED
4) Dunbar Running Club 10km – Dunbar, Scotland (4 April) COMPLETED
5) Great Edinburgh Run 10 miler – Edinburgh (19 April) COMPLETED
6) Colour Me Rad 5km – Edinburgh (9 May) COMPLETED
7) Great Women’s 10km – Glasgow, Scotland (17 May) COMPLETED
8) Isle of Skye Half Marathon – Isle of Skye, Highlands (13 June) COMPLETED
9) Hadrian’s Wall Half Marathon – Northumberland, England (28 June) COMPLETED
10) Haddington Half Marathon – East Lothian, Scotland (8 August) COMPLETED BY MIKEY DUE TO MY ANKLE INJURY
11) le Marathon du Medoc – Bordeaux, France (12 Sep) COMPLETED
12) Loch Ness Marathon – Highlands, Scotland (27 Sep) COMPLETED BY MIKEY DUE TO MY ANKLE INJURY
13) Great Scottish Run Half Marathon – Glasgow, Scotland (4 Oct) COMPLETED
14) Edinburgh Big Fun Run 5km – Edinburgh (11 Oct) COMPLETED
15) Snowdonia Marathon – Snowdonia National Park, Wales (24 Oct) COMPLETED
Here is my fundraising page for the Blazeman Foundation. Please consider donating or, if this isn’t possible, come along and run one of my events with me or maybe even just cheer me over the finish line!
Why ALS? Because my lovely, inspiring friend, Andrea, has it. Because there is no cure and very few treatments. Because it affects thousands of people worldwide – not just patients, but families, friends, and caregivers alike. Because nobody has EVER said ‘I survived ALS.’ Because this needs to change….we need to beat it so that others may live.
Why Blazeman Foundation? As a member of Andrea’s army against ALS, Team Drea, I have committed to fund raise for this family-run foundation as it is close to Andrea’s heart. Jon ‘Blazeman’ Blais was a triathalete, just like Andrea. Also, the charity does so much good work. The Blazeman Foundation plows its donations into scientific research for treatments and cures ‘so that others may live’ and works exceptionally hard to keep overheads low.
Why 179? It’s Andrea’s lucky number and has followed her around popping up in unexpected places for decades. It was also, rather magically, Jon ‘Blazeman’ Blais’ race number when he completed his Ironman after his ALS diagnosis.
I think that’s enough from me for now. I so appreciate you stopping by and thanks in advance for any support you may be willing to give – financial or otherwise. Any questions? Leave ’em in the comments and I’ll get back to you!
Learn more about my chosen charity at the Blazeman Foundation homepage:
You can find out more about my friend, Andrea, at her terrific blog:
You can get a brief overview of ALS at good ol’ wikipedia: