Take Your Training to the Next Level

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about “Why You Should Sign Up for a Half Marathon”. I provided eight reasons why you should get off the couch and out the door. Today, I want to take that challenge to the next level.

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My eighth reason to run the half marathon was to help raise money for a worthy cause. That cause is New Hope Academy, a school in Franklin, Tennessee, committed to turning racial division, class segregation, and poverty into community, possibility, and vision.

A few years ago, I visited the school. It was almost in my backyard. I wept at the beauty of what I saw. It was a rainbow of diversity—black children, white children, brown, red, and yellow. There were children from wealthy families and children from poor ones. Together they were an icon of the world Martin Luther King envisioned when he thundered,

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream that one day … the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood….

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character… I have a dream that one day … little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.”

But to grow this dream and expand upon its vision, New Hope needs additional funds. Therefore, I want to invite you to sign-up to run (or walk) with the Powered by Hope team and help us raise $50,000.

The first 50 people who sign up to be part of our Powered by Hope Team will receive the following FREE benefits:

  • A complete online training plan
  • Weekly group training in Nashville with the Jeff Galloway organization
  • Weekly training and motivational tips for your training journey
  • Official team jersey and t-shirt
  • Friday luncheon before the race (April 23) with me at the Thomas Nelson headquarters
  • Private tour of the Thomas Nelson facilities
  • Race day group photo
  • Private VIP team tent at race finish

Here is what you provide as a team member:

  • $105 registration fee for the Country Music Half Marathon
  • Donations totaling a minimum of $1,000 (special prizes for those raising $2,000 or more)
  • Refund of the $105 registration fee if you meet your fundraising minimum
  • Transportation and lodging to the race and other events (April 23–24)
  • Run or walk the Country Music Half (or Full) Marathon

Note: The deadline for registration is Friday, January 15th at midnight, CDT.

Raising $1,000 is easier than you may think. Powered by Hope Team provides the necessary training and recruitment materials, including sample letters, emails, and social media strategies. Last year, I got started late, but raised way more than the minimum in one day! I am convinced that with the recession people’s values have shifted and they want to help causes like this.

In addition, I plan to run with the Galloway team every Saturday when I am in town. So this is an opportunity for us to meet face-to-face. I love getting to know other runners and walkers who are committed to making a difference in the world.

To get started, all you have to do is register here. Once you do that, you will be on the team and get the instructions for what to do next.

P.S. If you don’t want to run, but would like to sponsor me, I’d be grateful. One hundred percent of the money goes to New Hope Academy. Thanks.

Question: Are you willing to join me in this effort?
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  • http://www.womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com Women Living Well

    Wow! What an awesome opportunity! I wish I lived in Tennessee!!! I'm running a 5K with friends in the spring – this will only be my third race! I was secretly hoping I'd be pregnant and could use that as an excuse to get out of it haha! But that hasn't happened – so the training has begun!!

    We used my website this past fall to promote and recruit runners for the Akron, Ohio Marathon to raise money for a little girl who was battling cancer (she lost her battle soon after the race). 42 runners ran for the cause! Here's the link to the story: http://womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com/2009

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    Courtney
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  • Mick

    Michael,
    I wish I lived in Tennesse. However, I have taken your advice and began training for a half marathon in the Philadelphia area. Reading this post reminded me how important it is not only to run this to make me a better person (physically, mentally etc.) but to also make the world a little better. That is why I am running for the Gift of Life program.
    All the Best,
    Mick

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/success2you John Richardson

    You are running for a great cause, Michael. I live in California, but my wife and I have been thinking of coming south for the NASCAR Talladega race in Alabama just a few hundred miles away. The race is on Sunday the day after the marathon so maybe we can work something out. If nothing else it would make a great 13 mile walk for a great cause. It's just the walk (er uh crawl…) to our seats at Talladega the next day that I would worry about…
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  • http://twitter.com/Dion_Govender @Dion_Govender

    Wish I lived in Nashville. Wonderful cause. My prayers are with you and the team

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  • amy rebecca

    i'm in!

  • http://www.camnio.com Camnio Media

    have fun running, you are running for a noble cause

  • http://www.facebook.com/tellmisty Misty Williams

    Mike, I am so in! Do you still have space? I'm already training with the East Nasties for the CMM, but need a training group for Saturday long runs (and sister [that would be me talking in third person] has maintained 10 mile long runs since The Middle Half so I'm pumped about training!). AND … I have a client who's vision is interestingly-aligned with New Hope, so I wanna learn how this fundraising thing works and help them duplicate. Wow, what a cool convergence of so many things I love!

    • http://www.facebook.com/tellmisty Misty Williams

      Mike, do I specify Thomas Nelson or New Hope Academy in the "Team" field?

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

        Thomas Nelson. However, it all feeds into the same thing. Thanks!

  • http://www.lauraclick.com Laura Click

    I'm not a runner. In fact, running is not my thing at all. However, after reading your post I'm tempted to do that. Just "getting in shape" is not enough for me. I've realized I need a goal. Also, your post about the benefits beyond fitness really struck me. Those benefits coupled with running for a good cause is what has made me even consider this. (How come I've never heard of New Hope Academy?!)

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but I just might do this. Is there still room on your team?
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  • http://www.lauraclick.com Laura Click

    I'm not a runner. In fact, running is not my thing at all. However, after reading your post I'm tempted to do that. Just "getting in shape" is not enough for me. I've realized I need a goal. Also, your post about the benefits beyond fitness really struck me. Those benefits coupled with running for a good cause is what has made me even consider this. (How come I've never heard of New Hope Academy?!)

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but I just might do this. Is there still room on your team?
    My recent post A is for Attitude: Creating a Positive Office Culture

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Absolutely there is room. I would love to have you. It will change your life.

      You can thank me later. ;-)

      • http://www.lauraclick.com Laura Click

        Wonderful! I think I'm going to do this. Like Toni mentions, I'm nervous about the commitment, but I'm willing to do it to better myself and help a great cause. I've got a number of friends who are running in it and am trying to see if any of them will join the team too. Thanks for putting this together!
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  • http://www.birdsongcreative.com Toni Birdsong

    I downloaded the schedule last week and already started training. Nervous about the commitment but it's for an AWESOME cause – the kids, staff and teachers at New Hope are absolutely amazing – a true light in this world. And how about we all stop our lives and make such an impact . . . now that's Kingdom thinking!