The Great Race: A New Fundraising Initiative
Holy crap. Holy crap. Holy crap. My race across the French Alps is less than two months away. Those words don't seem real even as I type them.
Sadly, that also means that my fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters will soon be coming to an end. To date, we've raised just shy of $3,800. Every dollar of that goes towards matching underprivileged local youths with mentors. With each youth/mentor match costing approximately $1,500 per year to support, we've raised enough money to match 2.5 youths with mentors.
My Tour de Mentor campaign is all about utilizing my passion for a cycling as a means to raise awareness and funds for a local agency that does so much good for our community. Hopefully, the campaign does one or all of the following:
As we come to the finish line of the campaign, I know that there's still much hard work ahead. In my training, I have six more weeks of hell before I begin to taper. In my fundraising, I know that now is the critical time to close the gap between what we've raised and what the goal is - $10,000. It's going to be a tough push to the finish line.
And with that in mind, I thought what would be more appropriate than a race to the finish line? Races are won and lost in what I call "The Championship Miles". In most races, this is the last 20% of the race. We're here now. This is the last 20% of training and fundraising. These are the championship miles.
So at this critical time, I want to throw down the gauntlet. We're going to race. And it's going to be one hell of a battle. Hopefully one that leaves me totally smashed to pieces while leaving the coffers full of donations (donations that will support local youth mentorship).
Ok...how does it work? Simple. In July, I'm going to race against your dollars. My goal is to ride more miles than dollars that are donated to the fundraiser. So if the total donations for the month of July are $1,500 and I ride 1,501 miles in July, then I win. However, if I only ride 1,400 miles and the total donations are $1,500, then I lose.
Got it? Good!
Now, I should warn you - I'm hyper competitive. Like don't even want to lose a game of Monopoly to my Little Brother competitive. Oh, and I've been taught the art of trash talking by the most skilled trash talker in all the land - my father.
So ya...don't let me win. Open up those wallets, support a great cause, and serve me a piece of humble pie.
I'm a proud Big Brother, and despite my Little wishing that I wouldn't run so much, a proud endurance athlete. I started my endurance career by signing up for a marathon when I couldn't even complete a 10k, and I started my Big Brother career by volunteering when I wasn't sure I even could offer a youth much. Both processes have showed me that stepping outside of your comfort zone serves as the best method of improving yourself.