This week's post was going to go into the details of Brian's knee surgery. However, since several posts have referenced his race goals, I thought I should talk about them sooner rather than later.
Undertakings like a 16 mile backcountry race require some kind of goal. For a first time racer, those goals might be to finish the race. Or to run the whole race.
This isn't Brian's first go at this race. He did it in 2015 as a walker. He finished in 660th place, out of 750 participants, with a time of 4 hours and 40 minutes.
This year, with his new knee, Brian's goal isn't just to run the whole race or to improve his time; he aims to more than cut that time in half. His goal is to finish the race in under 2 hours and make the top 100 finishers. To reach this, he will have to maintain a 7:30 minute mile for all 16 miles, quite a respectable pace.
Additionally, Brian aims to be the top fundraiser for the event this year. Last year, the top fundraiser raised $3,925. If Brian meets his goal of $4,000, he will have topped last year's record, most likely claiming the spot as this year's top fundraiser.
I asked Brian why he set such lofty goals. He got a grin and stated simply "I wanted a challenge."
He then continued and explained that his family benifited greatly from charitable organizations, friends, family, and strangers during his son's treatment. He wants to give back, hence his agressive fundraising goal.
Where is he now? Thanks to many of you, Brian is nearly half way to his fundraising goal. As far as his time goes, it is a work in progress. He has gone from relearning how to walk in post-surgery rehabilitation and physical therapy to about a 9:30 mile. Armed with his determination and his family inspiring him, with a month and a half to go he is confident he can get his times down to that lofty 7:30 goal.
Next week: Learn what changed for Brian and enabled him to even consider running a 16 mile backcountry race after 20 years of being unable to run.
What you need to know now:
The Lost Lake Run is a fund raiser to benefit those with Cystic Fibrosis. Brian has set a lofty fundraising goal of $4000. If met, he will have exceeded last year's top fundraiser of $3925.
What you can do:
Donate directly to Brian.
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