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An Intro…

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“A life is not important except in the impact it makes in others’ lives.” – Jackie Robinson

I’ve not really taken the time to introduce who I am and how the Runnin’ Not Walken team and Runners Doing Good blog and instagram pages came to be so I thought I’d do a bit of an Intro Friday to go down that road if you’d allow me.

First off, long distance running was the farthest thing from my mind.  I tried it for a week or so in high school and I was sick nearly every night so I quit it and joined up with the sprinters and long jumpers.  I wasn’t good at either thing but when I graduated from high school, I was in the best shape of my life from a speed, fitness, agility, etc. standpoint that it was ridiculous.  That all said, I didn’t run anything of distance for a long time

I decided in 2015 that I needed to get in better shape and I saw someone’s twitter post about Ragnar Relay.  I thought it was fascinating so I did what any good friend does and drug a couple friends and several family members into it.  I thought that if I could pull that off that I would be in great shape.  That was the thought at least.  I’m in better shape than then but overall, it’s been a bit of a roller coaster.

After some conversations with a cousin on the team, we decided to support a charity along the way.  It was an incredible idea and we leaned into.  We’ve raised more than $17,000 since 2015.  Runnin’ Not Walken, has exceeded expectations continually and I truly look forward to the next step.  NeighborLink Fort Wayne is a fantastic partner and I really am looking forward to participating in some of their running events.

Runners Doing Good evolved through a donor of RNW’s.  I think it has more potential than what it’s doing currently doing and if it were given the opportunity to grow, I think it could go big. I truly do.  My ultimate dream for it would be that we could bring people together, inspired by a runner or runner’s cause and support it both from an exposure stand-point but a financial one too.

It has been a true blessing to be able to feature different runners and tell their stories.  In a negative world, it’s shown me that there’s a lot to be inspired by and that people have a ton of good in them.

I want to continue to do that, making an impact for the runners we feature but also affecting charitable groups through the team’s running, and do this with people I appreciate and care about.  Life is a crazy adventure…do it with those that matter most and that’s why I’ve always chose people like that for the RNW team.

On the near horizon, Runnin’ Not Walken has a matching promotion for May 1st and Runners Doing Good is going to feature soon the biggest name in running we’ve ever had and I think both of those events will be impactful.

For me personally, I am running the Indy Min in May and it still scares me a bit but I have a good group of folks that are encouraging me and I look forward to tackling this monster of a challenge ahead of me.  There’s a lot that could go wrong but a lot that’s worth being proud about so I’m going for it.

So that’s me and how I got here, what I’m looking forward to, and how I see the blog and team evolving.  The future is bright and I’m proud to be a small part of it.

If you’d like to know more, leave me a note in the comments or you can email some questions to runnersdoinggood@yahoo.com.

Thanks!

Gabe

 

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