Today I’m going to talk about the number 102. This number doesn’t represent the number of miles I just ran or am about to run, but rather the aggregate of thousands of miles represented by 102 race medals—medals that are on their way to Medals4Mettle for distribution to 102 courageous kids and adults battling an important race of their own.
Medals4Mettle is a nonprofit organization that facilitates the gifting of finishers’ medals to those who are fighting debilitating and life-threatening illnesses. The medals serve as a symbol of courage and endurance.
I heard about Medals4Mettle a couple years ago in an online running forum and was immediately inspired to gather my collection of medals and send them in. Truth be told, I was a little hesitant at first thinking about parting ways with a few of them, particularly my New York City and Boston marathon medals. NYC was my first marathon and I felt a special kinship with it (despite that it had been hanging on door knobs for 20 years). The Boston medals—well, simply because they’re from Boston. [Continue Reading]