Friday, January 11, 2008

Running to Disney

Kristin and I will be running in the Walt Disney World half marathon in January 2009. Since starting college, neither of us have maintained a very active lifestyle, and we want to make a change. To motivate ourselves toward a more active lifestyle we challenged ourselves with running the half marathon.

We plan on "Running to Disney" through the course of 2008. It is approximately 1,000 miles from our home to Walt Disney World. Our training goal is to run at least a combined 1,000 miles as we get in shape and prepare for the race.

Kristin and I have also decided that we wanted to do good for others while we are doing good for ourselves. So we are linking our training efforts with a fundraising effort to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Make-A-Wish grants wishes for seriously ill children. A common wish is for a family trip to Walt Disney World. The money we raise will go to the DisneyWorldTrivia.com Dream Team Project, which sponsors Walt Disney World wishes through Make-A-Wish.

This is where you come in. We are asking for your help in two ways.

First, we need your support as we work to meet our goals this year. Positive words, prayers, or helping us to our feet when we stumble will all be greatly appreciated.

Second, we are asking for contributions to our fundraising efforts. You can sponsor our run on a per-mile basis, or make a one-time donation. Each one-cent per mile contribution would equate to $10.00 if we meet our 1,000 mile goal exactly. Although we do hope to surpass that goal; the more we run the more we can raise for a good cause. This will be a great motivator for us. All of the money we receive will go directly to the Dream Team Project. If you'd like to contribute, send me an e-mail at cwheeler5@gmail.com

We will track our efforts throughout the year on this blog. Here we will detail our training efforts, maintain a current donation total, keep a map of our progress on the road from home to the Magic Kingdom, introduce you to our supporters and fellow runners, post general updates about our life, and make random posts about all things Disney.

We hope that this year will be the start of healthy lifestyle changes for us that last beyond the race. We want to thank everyone for supporting us in reaching our goals.

2 comments:

Grizzpyre said...

Craig,

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE SITE BEING LIVE!!!

I'm so proud of you guys! Are you official members of Team Voice? You certainly qualify!!! :) Check out Rae's blog and she'll get you hooked up!!!

WELCOME ABOARD!!! Let's see how much cash we can all raise together!!!

MAIN STREET AWAITS!!!

Jonathan

Lou Mongello - DisneyWorldTrivia.com said...

Congratulations on what is an AMAZING effort and goal!! This is going to be an incredible experience for you, topped off by a feeling unlike any other when you cross that finish line and pick up your medal!!!