500 Miles For SMA
I began running for charity in 2004, when I completed the Boston Half Marathon for the Northeast chapter of what was then known as the Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I ran to raise money to fight this disease because it took the lives of my two brothers before they even got the opportunity to take their first steps. Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy is now known globally by a new name: Cure SMA.
I continued running for charity over the years, graduating from the half to the full marathon, running the ING / TCS New York City Marathon annually from 2005 through 2017, supporting the New York Road Runners Team for Kids and helping them provide running programs to over 250,000 NYC kids each year.
In 2012, I upped the ante a bit further, by running a marathon a month to raise money for the Dream Team Project, which focuses their charitable efforts toward helping the Make a Wish Foundation.
In 2015, the ante was raised a bit higher, as I ran from the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco to the front gates of Disneyland in August in order to raise awareness and donations to once again fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The effort was referred to as "500 Miles for SMA".
In 2017, I began to really catch the triathlon bug, so I became a Certified Ironman Coach. I've been providing free on-line coaching to athletes ever since.
All of this leads in to a fantastic year of action planned for 2020. I'll start it off with some runs during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January. After a few other races in the February / March timeframe, it's time for Ironman 70.3 Oceanside. After a few other races, it's on to the main event of the year: IRONMAN Santa Rosa, followed by another 500 Miles for SMA long distance run. Details to follow!