Resident to run 120 mountainous miles to support foundation.
After reading about Dr. Petit and his family, I felt like I needed to do something. I started running marathons for the Petit Family Foundation in 2008, and have run a bunch since then.
Now, at first, I
laughed it off, thinking I wasnít capable of running that far. I eventually
reached out to my best friend from college, a talented endurance athlete who
lives out in
I did a lot of research online, reading up on folks who have run the race in the past. I talked to a lot of coaches, as well, and got a great training plan from my Transrockies running partner and and Petit Family Foundation running team member, Spencer Newell.
I used the Boston
Marathon in April as a fitness test, and I felt fine, despite the crazy seasonal
high temperatures. From there, I started doing long hill repeats at Sleeping
Giant down the road in
Without question it
will be the altitude. I have never trained at elevation, as
But, the variable I canít account for is the thin air we will be running in. There are 6 stages (days), each one no lower than 7,500 feet. Our highest point will be right up around the 12,500 foot mark, and that is smack dab in the middle of the race.The fact that I will have a teammate out there running with me will be huge, and we know each otherís running styles very well. Add in the motivating factor of Dr. Petit and his family, and I know we will make it to Beaver Creek on August 20 with smiles on our faces.
I chose a figure of $15,000 to raise by November (the date of the New York City Marathon, which I will also be running along with 4 other team members). An ambitious number, for sure, but there is a reason; the two perpetrators who broke into Dr. Petit's house, who killed his two daughters and his wife, wanted $15,000. They forced Jennifer to go to the bank and withdraw the money, knowing her family was being held captive at home. She did so with grace and courage, knowing what was at stake. $15,000, to Spencer and I, is more than just a fundraising goal. That figure carries so much behind it, so much tragedy and heartache. We want to do our part to help turn the tide. The money may have been taken out of hatred, but it will be given back through kindness, generosity and love
The Foundation honors the memories of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit and Michaela Rose Petit by continuing the kindness, idealism and activism that defined their lives. The Foundation's funds are given to foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.
I didnít know Dr.
Petit before I started running in 2008, but I knew I wanted to do something to
help. Since then, folks from all over the
Those in the area get together for various races, which are always a great time. Itís been an incredible experience to watch this team grow, to meet like-minded people who just want to help Dr. Petit and his family. We are always looking to add new members, so if there are others that are interested in joining, they can go to to find out more.
We welcome people of all abilities, runners and walkers alike. If anyone would like to help Spencer and I reach our fundraising goal, they can go to and make a donation. For information on the race and to track our progress, please visit . For more information on the Petit Family Foundation and the good work they continue to do, please visit