I am doing something that I thought I’d never do. On January 23rd, I will be running my first ever marathon!
When I first learned that Feed the Children was the benefiting charity of the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon in New Orleans this month, I made the commitment to run a full marathon on behalf of the children we serve.
In fact, it had been several years prior to my current marathon training that I had even put on a pair of running shoes with the intent of running in them. The longest distance I had ever run prior to my commitment was 6 miles and that was a lifetime ago.
Number one question that my friends and family have asked over the last couple of months has been is this difficult? Absolutely!
In order to run 26.2 miles you have to train for months. Marathon training requires a lot of time, dedication and hard work. You have to be prepared to run in all kinds of conditions, the heat, the cold, rain and snow. Adding to the difficulty I experienced a fairly significant groin injury, had cortisone shots in both knees, and had muscle soreness like I have never experienced before, even during all my years of sports.
But, do the hardships that I have faced in my training compare to those faced by the children we serve each and every day?
Absolutely not! I accepted this challenge because I want to do my part to raise awareness on the issues of hunger.
Our vision of “no child going to bed hungry” will not happen on its own.
It will take each and every one of us to take a stand, make a commitment and unite together to defeat hunger.
As a father of four children, I cannot imagine my children having to worry about when or if they will eat again. Every child deserves to experience the awesomeness that goes along with being a kid and should never have to spend one second worrying about their next meal.
The fact that nearly 16 million children in our own country live in a food-insecure household is simply unacceptable to me. New Orleans is no exception with 1 in 6 people facing hunger issues on a daily basis. Yet, I believe the awareness we are bringing to hunger in New Orleans can change this!
What can you do to help Feed the Children realize our vision of no child going to bed hungry? Join Team Feed the Children as we run to end childhood hunger and make our miles meaningful. Join us or donate toward our efforts on our website.
Chris is the Senior Director of Corporate Donor Relations at Feed the Children.