Back in 2012 the idea of Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, was created to act as an international day of giving before the holiday season. While I love this idea, it occurred to me that we should be giving back EVERYDAY. So I present to you, #GivingEveryday: a movement to celebrate those on a constant quest to raise money and give back. Every Thursday I will be highlighting runners who are not only training for a race, but fundraising as well.
I'm so excited to be back with my #GivingEveryday series after a brief hiatus during the holidays. This series really means a lot to me, and I can't thank you enough for stopping by to check out this week's fundraising runner: Elizabeth Nordquest. She is a fellow Oiselle teammate, and the race she's fundraising for is a little bit different, as you'll soon find out!
What is your chosen charity?
American Lung Association. Their goals include defeating lung cancer, supporting individuals and families affected by lung disease, improving air quality, and eliminating tobacco-related diseases.
Why did you choose your charity?
Initially, I chose to support the ALA because of the event. My husband participated last year, raised a decent amount of money, and had a great time with the energetic and supportive event crew. I've run a lot of races in support of various charities, but some organizations feel detached or not especially invested in getting more donations for their cause. I came to the after party for Alex's (my husband) event and the excitement was palpable. They made raising money fun, but also reminded everyone where the money was going and who it would benefit. One of my favorite bits of information: "88 cents of every dollar raised by our organization goes directly to education, research and advocacy." That's a big chunk for a large organization!
What race are you running?
Fight for Air Stair Climb on February 23, 2016. The event takes place in downtown Columbus, Ohio where we will be running (or walking) up 41 stories. The event encourages an active lifestyle and requires each participant to raise money for the ALA. There are also a few training sessions to get folks used to climbing steps at a quicker pace.
What is your fundraising goal?
The minimum goal for all participants is $100 (this does not include your registration fee). I surpassed my goal (by $5) on #GivingTuesday, but I would like to keep it rolling. I'm looking to raise as much as possible and every dollar helps. My husband is also participating and hasn't reached his goal -- mainly because he doesn't understand social media. ;)
What are your race goals?
To finish in one piece and injury-free! Really, I have no idea what to expect running up 41 stories. Alex is very fast and finished within the top five last year. I think he's ready to take it to the next level and either place in the top 3 or win. A friend ran the event a few years ago and won her age group (which is also my age group and we're roughly the same running speed). I would like to place in my age group, but the event is one week after my next half marathon, so we'll see how the old legs feel.
What is your fundraising link?
Anything else to add?
The Fight for Air Climb is in multiple cities around the country. It's a fun way to mix up your training while helping a great cause.
How can we follow your journey?