I’m heading out on Thursday for another race—my first race of 2015. On January 31, I’ll be taking on Orcas Island 25k, a beautiful course run through old-growth forests that includes tough climbs and views of the surrounding islands, mountains, and of course, the Puget Sound. Orcas Island is the largest of the San Juan Islands, located in the northwest corner of Washington.
Like any race, I tend to get nervous prior to the start as doubt creeps in—and this race is no exception. I’m going into this race with little training and preparation. While I can’t promise a PR or even a speedy time, I can guarantee beautiful pictures capturing the beauty of the area.
Another race provides the opportunity to donate to a local organization as part of Small Change, an initiative I started to donate money to an organization in each of the cities I visit for a race or adventure. I have a friend who lives in Friday Harbor (a town on San Juan Island) and she recommended the Center for Whale Research for my donation—and after checking out their website, I couldn’t agree more!
The Center for Whale Research is dedicated to the study and conservation of the Southern Resident Killer Whale (Orca) population in the Pacific Northwest. The Center conducts benign studies of regional Orcas for the purpose of conserving populations and informing both the government and the public of their ecosystem needs.
Running a race in an area that is so dependent on the Puget Sound and its natural beauty and wildlife, I’m honored to support an organization that is helping to keep our whales thriving. I encourage you to visit the Center’s website to learn more about what they do and the magnificent Killer Whale.
Are you traveling for a race or adventure? Join the Small Change movement and together, our Small Change can add up to something good for communities. Be sure to check back here soon, as I’ll be unveiling a new section on my blog dedicated to the Small Change initiative.