In February I shared Small Change is heading to Colorado for the Silverton Double Dirty 30. Runners who take on this challenging race will be treated to 60 miles of beautiful terrain, golden foliage, and escalating mountain views. For many, the reward will come when they cross the finishline; but the miles they fought hard for will have lasting impact for someone they’ll probably never meet.
Megan Finnesy, the race director, has worked tirelessly to create something very special for both the runners and the community. Proceeds from Double Dirty 30 benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado (a portion will also benefit Search and Rescue). Her goal is to raise $75,000 for the organization through a combination of corporate sponsorship, fundraising efforts by runners, and a contribution from race proceeds (fundraising is not a requirement of entry, but rather a suggestion).
The motto of the race is “Go BIG or go home!” As you’ll read in Megan’s interview, her passion for running and giving back echoes this sentiment and then some.
Why did you make Big Brothers Big Sisters the race beneficiary?
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring programs fill an important gap in our communities by pairing kids in need with a positive and supportive role model. I experienced this firsthand when I was a Big Sister to an inspiring little girl. I saw her confidence, courage, and leadership skills skyrocket. The experience was mutually beneficial—I know my role had a positive impact on her as she did for me. I’m incredibly honored to partner with BBBS and hope to raise significant dollars for the SW Colorado chapter, as well as inspire the Double Dirty 30 runners to get involved with their own local chapter. [Continue Reading]