I'm very excited to be participating in Reach the Beach again this year.
Can you tell from the picture?
No really, I took this selfie last year just before my nighttime 9 mile run. I was a bit nervous, but I have to say it was the most holy run ever. The sky was clear and was full of stars and the road contained the blinking lights of vests of runners who ran in front of me. It was quiet, serene and amazing.
Reach the Beach is an over 200 mile relay race in scenic (aka - hilly) New Hampshire. The experience was amazing last year and I’m looking forward to another memorably experience this year and another opportunity to raise money for the campership fund for Camp Calumet Lutheran.
For me, camp has been and continues to be a place where I can truly be myself. It’s a place where I learned about the love of God, the value of honest friendships and gained leadership skills that have transformed and shaped the way I do ministry today.
Another big thing for me, especially when it comes to overnight camp, is the important place it has in the lives of youth and young adults. We are connected to one another so often through social media and screens more than we see each other face-to-face, which works for some things, but hinders others.
When you go to camp, you get to live with people you may not choose to live with. You may be in a cabin or a tent with campers or a co-counselor that are much different than you are. During your week, two-weeks or entire summer together, you learn to live with others. You learn that your personal behaviors and actions impact those in closest proximity to you. In a day and age when we are more ready to speak rather than to listen, living with others at camp forces us (in a good way) to live in the context with care and concern for those around us.
As I enter into the last week leading up to Reach the Beach, I hope you can help in one or more of the following ways.
1) Please check out my fundraising page. See the video of me in my staff shirt from the 1990s and learn more about why I’m running this year.
2) Share my fundraising page with people you know love camp and want to help more kids experience camp.
3) Pray for the group of runners, drivers, chaplains and luggers (they help get mattresses and sleeping stuff situated for our runners & drivers) who will be participating in Reach the Beach on September 13 & 14.
4) Make a donation of any size on my fundraising page. (Options to donate offline are there, too. If you are local to me, you can hand me a donation in person.)
Last year as I trained and ran, I helped raise funds for the campership fund for Camp Calumet Lutheran (the camp that shaped my faith and life as a kid and young adult.) Last year our runners, chaplains, drivers and luggers helped raise enough money that Calumet was able to lower the cost of camp by $100 for every camper. Imagine that!?! If you can help in any way, it is deeply appreciated.
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