Kate Townley got me involved in the Ethiopia Bright Hope School initiative about 4 years ago. I have been passionate about the effort at the school ever since. I enjoy running so it was a natural fit for me to join this competition and rally our team towards the cause at Bright Hope School. Over the course of the three months, we set a goal of running 2500 miles, about 39 miles per person each week. However, we faced some pretty stiff competition and had to reset our goals to stay with the competition. At the end of April, we ran just shy of 2800 miles, averaging a little more than 42 miles per person each week. Towards the end of the competition, we were all very tired, many of us hurting and aching in some way. The vision of sending money to a community that was very much less fortunate than us drove us to push the extra mile to win this thing. We even had a couple of guys who essentially ran a marathon (26 miles) the last 24 hours to ensure that we would win.
It was an enjoyable and tiring competition, but one that we are glad to have done in an effort to do for one community what we wish we could do for the whole country.
- Brad Dolesh