Are you in a giving mood? Do you have extra cash burning a hole in your checkbook just waiting for an opportunity? Do you need to atone for your immoral DNF at your 100 miler this year? (relax, I’m just kidding) Here are some ways to part with your cash – all of which are related to ultrarunners.
Erik Skaggs – Medical Expenses
Whatever your position or thoughts are on the current national healthcare debate, one of our own still needs help. You may recall that Erik Skaggs smashed the course record at Where’s Waldo this year and ran himself right into the hospital with acute renal failure. His kidneys started functioning again after a couple of weeks, and similar to the ending of Strange Brew, he shed 35 pounds of fluid! Not sure if he was able to help put out any fires, though, like Bob McKenzie. Erik’s doing better, and despite getting some coverage from USATF, the medical expenses for the uninsured 27-year-old are substantial. The folks at Rogue Valley Runners and Southern Oregon Runners have organized a benefit run and raffle for Erik on October 24 in Ashland. The Birds of a Feather 2 mile and 5 mile races have no set entry fee so you can donate what you wish. The last day to mail in your entry is Friday. After that you’ll have to do so in person at Rogue Valley Runners. In addition to the run there is an accompanying raffle. See the RVR blog for more info and an application. See you there.
Dave Terry – Memorial Rock
With the unexpected passing of ten-time WS finisher, ten-time Wasatch finisher, and mentor to many ultrarunners in the Pacific Northwest, Dave Terry, friends of his are trying to secure funds to create a memorial rock to be placed in Forest Park in Portland. The total raised so far is a paltry $500. In the words of his friend Steve Smucker:
“For those wanting to make a donation in Dave’s name, we have set up an account at the Forest Park Conservancy, which maintains Portland’s Forest Park, which houses Dave’s favorite place to run, the Wildwood Trail. We will be placing a plaque on a rock on the trail in Dave’s memory. Contributions of all sizes, even $25 to $50, are much appreciated. It will be so nice to have a rock memorial in a location where so many runners will be able to see it. Thank you.
The Forest Park Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Tax ID number: 94-3103055.”
Nathan Blair – Edurelief
Not sure what you were doing at 24 years old, or maybe you’re not even there yet, but I sure wasn’t thinking about needy kids in Mongolia. I was just out of grad school and starting my new first “real” job as a nerd in Arizona. Not so with my friend Nathan K. Blair, a.k.a. Pierre, who has been training with us in Eugene going on two years now. Pierre, who paced me at Western States this year, thought of combining his new found love of ultrarunning with his desire to help impoverished kids get an education through an organization called Edurelief. So, he got pledges to earn money if he completed his goal of Way Too Cool 50k, PCT 50 miler, Where’s Waldo 100k, and then Hundred in the Hood 100miler. He finished each in fine style and with a great attitude. I originally pledged to give him $100 but then John Ticer came along and pledged a dollar a mile so I’m now having to cough up 243 bucks. Here’s to you, Nathan. What a great example for the rest of us.