This weekend is another milestone for me. One year ago today, I set out to run Speedgoat 50k, a tough trail race in Snowbird, UT. While I didn’t cross the finish line, I still consider it a successful day.
Speedgoat was my first Small Change race, benefiting Push to the Finish, an organization that provides opportunities for children with physical limitations to experience the enjoyment, competition, and sense of accomplishment of participating in a running race. My $25 donation covered a race registration for one determined kid.
Small Change is an initiative I launched to donate money to organizations making a difference in the communities we visit for a race or adventure. Or put another way, I founded Small Change because at the heart of it, I’m just a broke philanthropist who wants to give back.
To celebrate my one-year anniversary of launching Small Change, I reached out to Andrew McMahon, founder of Push to the Finish to learn more about his organization and what he’s been up to since I shared his story one year ago.
A long-time runner, Andrew has completed in many races and experienced firsthand the excitement that comes with crossing a finish line. When kids join Push to the Finish, barriers are removed, possibilities seem limitless, and an active lifestyle becomes reality. “There’s nothing like running for someone else to provide for them a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment of completing a race,” says McMahon.
Andrew was inspired by Rick and Dick Hoyt—the father-and-son team who have competed in hundreds of races and athletic endeavors (Rick is a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and is pushed in a mobility chair by his dad, Dick)—and wanted to give kids in Utah the thrill and satisfaction of racing.
Since starting Push to the Finish in January 2012, 750 kids have crossed finish lines at 52 races, translating to roughly 2,300 inspiring miles. Most of the kids who participate in races rely on a mobility device; however, some are able to get out and walk the final steps to victory themselves. [Continue Reading]