Donate Enough Money and I’ll Run an Ultramarathon

Loyal readers might remember last year when I ran a half-marathon to raise money to send underprivileged South African students to a posh private school.

Well, I’m going to do it again…except as of right now, I’m totally signed up to run the ultra-marathon. That’s 56k, about 35 miles. Over a mountain pass. Yeeeeaaahhh…

While I did successfully finish a marathon back in November, I’m not sure if I have a mountain ultra in me. A big part of me feels I can probably finish, but I’m not sure if it’s the best idea. I’ll probably get hurt. I’ve been dealing with a whole string of running injuries since April that have really thrown me for a loop. So there’s a good chance I’ll have to settle for the half marathon again.

Either way, sometime in late-March/early-April, I will once again attempt some sort of running event on the historic Longtom Pass to raise money for the KLM foundation.

The KLM Foundation was started by some former PCVs with the goal of educating the future leaders of South Africa. From the website:

Kgwale le Mollo (KLM) Foundation gives educational scholarships to girls and boys from economically disadvantaged, rural communities of the Mpumalanga province to attend secondary school at one of South Africa’s leading institutions. The programme emphasizes scholarship and service and as a result, award recipients are talented, motivated young people who wish to better themselves and their country. We recruit young people who want to change their world.

In collaboration with Uplands College, the KLM Foundation offers tuition and maintenance scholarships to young South African students entering secondary school. Each year, one recipient scholar is selected to enroll in the 8th grade at Uplands College. Tuition, room, board, academic fees, travel expenses, tutoring and a modest allowance are provided to the recipient scholar for five years.

KLM Foundation identifies and nurtures young South Africans with the potential to lead their country into the future. Despite the barriers of poverty and economic deprivation, South Africa’s rural communities possess the talent, innovation and vision that brought about the democratic transformation of the country a decade ago. Now, more than ever, young South Africans of talent and promise need the education to carry forward that legacy.

My fundraising goal this year is $5600, $100 for each kilometer. Then I *promise* I’ll run the ultra, unless I have some sort of major injury or the Peace Corps doctors freak out on me. I can’t promise I’ll finish, since they cut us off at 8 hours. But I’ll try. Anything less raised, and it’s likely the half again. But that’s SO BORING.

So if you want to see my flabby, bouncy self do 56k of mountain, donate away. It’s tax deductible! Send it to KLM, or else the money that would have been deducted from your taxes will be used to subsidize tanning for high-ranking Congressional representatives. Wouldn’t you rather help send a rural South African child to a world-class school than give some poor lawmaker skin cancer?

Donating is easy:

1) Go to the KLM Foundation Website and click the Donate button in the top right corner.

2) Fill out the form. You can donate (much) less than $100 if you want. Even a few bucks is awesome.

3) In the Longtom Marathon box (“If you are making this donation in support of a participant in the Longtom Marathon, please indicate the runner’s name”) put my name, Michael “Shin Splint Mothership” Sherman .

4) Revel in your support of a future South African leader and government-funded physical therapy.

You can also donate by check. Ask me for help or read the instructions on the Donate page.

Please let me know if you have problems or questions, or have a peek at the KLM website.

Thank you all for your consideration. It means a lot to me and to a good charity.

Nice knowing you all…

1 Comment

chrissherman01 says:

Dude, please do not run an ultra marathon. That is fucking crazy.

09 Feb 12 @ 5am