Hello from Haiti!
We have been here 8 weeks now and will be returning to Fresno on August 27.
Are you itching to get in shape? Have you always dreamed of running in a race? We are putting together plans for another “Remember Haiti” team to run the Two Cities Half/Marathon in Fresno in November. Please let us know asap if you or someone you know would be interested in participating. We need names, best email and phone numbers of people who want to join the team. Ericlee will offer free training again and that will officially start August 15, which is 12 weeks out from the race. If you plan to run the marathon then you should start training as soon as you read this letter. You will have about 15 weeks until the race. We will send out the workouts the first week of August. Here is a great way to challenge yourself and raise money for a far-reaching cause.
This year the money will be raised for Christian Friendship Ministries to connect resources to Haiti rather than just for our family’s support. Last year we were so blessed by the money donated to help get us to Haiti. We have several projects the donations this year will help fund and we are excited about sharing those details with you very soon. We have some big money goals to reach so we are counting on you to rise to the challenge.
For the race, there are three options this year – the full marathon (26.2 miles), the half marathon (13.1 miles) or the relay, which splits the half marathon between two people (10k). Please choose what distance you plan to run/walk before August 15. Ericlee will help you write up some goals and then a plan to meet those goals. A reminder again that training for a Half/Marathon takes time and if you do not have time then you might want to rethink your commitment.
What kind of time commitment will this entail? The workouts will be five days a week. That is about five hours a week in the beginning of the training to 10 hours a week towards the end. If you choose to do only 3 workouts a week which is the minimal that is fine too. It all depends on the goals that you set. The best part about participating with a team is that you will always have people to encourage you and hold you accountable on your goals. We have walkers, joggers, runners, friends with kids and couples and singles of all ages and experience levels. Last year we had a great time together.
You will need to sign up for the Two Cities race and pay the registration fee on your own. For those who get “Remember Haiti” T-shirt sponsors for $200, you will be reimbursed later for your race registration fee. This year we are challenging each runner to find 26 sponsors and raise $1000. (Think of it as one per mile!) “Remember Haiti” T-shirts and our own “Remember Haiti” celebration dinner the night before the race will be included for all participants & families.
We are grateful for each one of you and all your encouragement on this journey!
Bondye Beni Ou (God bless you)!
Running for Him,
Dorina & Ericlee Gilmore