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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