Run for One Planet

I recently posted a message about the “Run Daren Run” initiative where Kalamazoo resident, Daren Wendall, will be running 100 marathons in 100 days to raise $100,000 for his and his wife’s Active Water initiative. In letting colleagues know about Daren’s initiative, one my colleagues replied back to let me know one of her friends did something similar. That initiative is called “Run for One Planet“.

Run for One Planet “is an ongoing run endeavour focused on ‘Inspiring Environmental Action, One Step at a Time'” [ the “one step at a time” part of their tag line is similar to the Pick’n Run’s tag line: “cleaning the world one run at a time” ].  Matt Hill and Steph Tait started the “Run for One Planet” initiative in 2008 when they ran across Canada and around the perimeter of America. They ran a total of 11,000 miles in over 420 marathons as a duo.

Their vision is to motivate 1 million people to take to 1 new action that will help the environment.  These 1 million actions can be in the form of 10 different environmental-helping actions:

  1. Eat Local and Organic
  2. Turn Off Your Car
  3. Eliminate Plastic Bags – Bring Your Own Bag
  4. Use Green Cleaners
  5. Turn Off the Lights
  6. Turn Off the Tap
  7. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  8. Compost
  9. Bring Your Own Bottle
  10. Teach Your Children Well

Source: from the Run for One Planet web site

It is great to see this initiative, as well as Daren’s!!


Run Daren Run

Kzoo Uncaged, in our hometown of Kalamazoo, posted their interview with Daren Wendell this week. Daren is looking to run 100 marathons in 100 days, an initiative he is calling “Run Daren Run“.  He is looking to raise $100,000 for an initiative he has been working on with his wife for the past 5 years: Active Water.

Active Water is “a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses the athletic lifestyle and grassroots campaigns to bring clean water and sanitation projects to needed communities throughout the globe.”

The crew at Kzoo Uncaged (Andy, Carrie, and Sydney) did a great job with Daren’s interview.  You can read it via the following link:

Article: For Fitness, Intensity Matters

Who do you think lives longer?  The person that runs a 17-minute or less pace or a person that run a mile in over 17 minutes on average?  The answer is in the following article:

…more specifically in the following sentence from the article:

…people who walked briskly, at a pace of 17 minutes per mile or less, generally lived longer than those men and women who strolled during their walks, at a pace of 20 minutes per mile or slower, although the study was not designed to determine why the intensity of the exercise mattered.

Be intense, and immerse yourself.

Snow and ice

On January 2nd, my dad and I ran around a park in a neighborhood, close by, that was covered by about a half  foot of snow. It was at first cold, but we warmed up along the run. It was about 2-3 miles. A morning run for both of us. I wonder if anyone had ran in some deep snow?

Actually, have you ever heard an Antarctic Ice Marathon? It is the first time that I see races down in the coldest places in the world. Is this a race that you want to try? I would not try it right now for me.