By Wendi Chapman
In my journey of life and work I strive to be a leader. But in sport, I am humbled and grateful to be a follower and observer on the path of ‘Getting Worthy.’ It is on this path that I’ve tagged alongside some of the great unassuming and largely unpublicized heroes of running and philanthropy.
I have run alongside of sponsored Worth The Hurt athlete Kevin Kline and his relentless fight against pediatric cancer and will trail The SF Marathon’s own “Wandirtlust” trailblazer Jojo Reuland on the Costa Brava as part of her global media and charity campaign for Suicide Prevention. Just recently I reunited with Dan Czerwonka, my running partner in crime and Worth The Hurt sponsored athlete who leads the charge for Godparents Youth Organization, a travel-mentoring program for LA inner-city youth.
Furthering our mission of global philanthropy, I traded in my desk job for a spot on the front lines and decided rather appropriately to focus at the start line of the 2012 Blackmores Sydney Marathon produced by our race partner in our sister city. Needless to say, my ‘job’ never gets old, but somebody has to do it. With Dan leading our charge, we were off to the races as they say.
I was particularly drawn to Sydney (having never been), as an excited runner and tourist seeking all the adventure and wonder of this new city. I assumed that there would be no better way to view Sydney and all of the iconic sites than having the opportunity and freedom to run through they city unobstructed. I was spot on. It is through this experience that we gained a unique vantage point and were close enough to feel the warmth […]