A Fun Way To Help Me Raise Money For TAPS

TAPSIf you haven’t heard, I’m running the Marine Corps Marathon in October to raise money for TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors). They’re a wonderful organization that provides support and grief counseling to the families of our fallen soldiers. My father-in-law was killed in a plane crash while serving in the Air Force, and when that happened, TAPS was there for my wife and her family. I’m running this race in his memory, and will be wearing his photo on my back.

Anyways, instead of continuing to just ask for straight-up donations, I came up with sort of a fun way to help me raise money for TAPS. On August 21, I’m running the Moose’s Tooth Marathon here in Anchorage. This is a relatively flat course, and I really want to blow it out of the water. To help motivate me, I’m asking that you pledge a donation to TAPS for every minute I take off of my current marathon PR.

Just to make things easier, I’m going to round the times off to the nearest minute, making my current PR 4:17. I’ve really been training hard, and am going to continue to put everything I have into this one. My goal time for this race is to finish in just under 4 hours. So, for example, if I finish in 4 hours, and you pledged $1/minute, that would mean a $17 donation to TAPS.

Like I said, I really want to do well at this race, and use it to raise as much money as I can for TAPS. Knowing that the faster I finish, the more money I will raise for them, will really help me push it through those last few miles that are always tough. Please help me out by making your pledge here. Every dollar helps, so even a pledge of just 25¢ or 50¢/minute would be greatly appreciated, more than you probably know.

Or if you prefer, you can always make a regular (tax-deductible) donation to TAPS here.

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