Badwater Kim #51
WHY DO IT?
I run for those who can’t, and I am extremely thankful I can. I help raise money for two incredible organizations - the Challenged Athletes Foundation (“CAF”) and Snowdrop Foundation.
I have chosen to raise awareness of CAF through my 3rd consecutive year in the Badwater Ultramarathon which is globally recognized as “the world’s toughest footrace”. I will be 1 of 100 athletes who will begin this coveted race on Monday, July 15. This adventure begins in Death Valley, California where the temperature is already over 100 Fahrenheit at 6:00 a.m., and I will have 48 hours to cover 135 miles which includes an elevation change of 19,000 feet and deal with temperatures that will surpass 120 Fahrenheit for hours upon end! To make my Badwater race more meaningful to those athletes who have dreams of reaching their own goals, I am privileged to raise money for the CAF, an inspiring non-profit foundation that gives hope to thousands of individuals with physical disabilities around the world by showing them what is possible. This organization raises money to help people with physical disabilities pursue an active lifestyle through physical fitness and athletics. CAF’s mission is clear: give those with the desire to live active, competitive lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love. By providing support, mentoring, and grants for adaptive sports equipment, competition and training expenses, physically challenged athletes are able to become whole through sports. Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombings, CAF contacted the hospitals in the Boston area to ensure that those affected know they were available to help. When the injured are ready, CAF will be ready and available to support them in their recovery through mentorship, clinics and assistance with equipment that will allow them to participate in sports – and in life – once again.
My goal is to raise $10,000 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation and $5000 for the Snowdrop Foundation. Together, we are helping CAF and Snowdrop change lives!
In addition, not only to be considered, but to also train for a race of this magnitude requires a massive undertaking both financially and physically. If your heart is such that you would like to donate personally to me to help with many of the expenses associated with this race, your personal gift will be used wisely!
Thank you again for your encouragement and support as I begin my 3rd Badwater trek from Badwater to the portal of Mt. Whitney – just 135 miles in 120+ temps!