Here’s the Haps- STUFT 60 Challenge Treadmill Run/Virtual Run for Sixty Feet

 

Okay. so the date of this is approaching quite quickly so I better get a few details figured out and tell you what I’m doing. Or rather what we all are doing, yes?

 

I’ve mentioned it a couple times before, but this year on my birthday, January 31, I’ll be running 37 treadmill miles for the charity Sixty Feet.

Yes, I realize that is just a little over 2 weeks away. Nothing like a little pressure at the last minute,right?

Originally it was going to 60 treadmill miles for 60 Feet, but as the date is getting closer I realized that just won’t be wise.

And, honestly, it’s not about the number of miles really, it’s about helping the children and doing what we can do to help with Sixty Feet and their mission:

Bringing Hope and Restoration to the imprisoned children of Africa in Jesus’ name.

I’ve been talking with them for quite some time and trying to figure out just how I can help. I’m drawn to their mission and their amazing work they do in remand centers in Uganda to help these children.

Here is the story of Sixty Feet directly from their website here. I’m republishing it because it speaks so loudly to me I want to make sure share it.

According to the most recent estimates, there are approximately 2.5 million orphans in Uganda, over a million of whom are a direct result of AIDS. In a country where the median age is only 15, as many as 1 in 6 children under the age of 17 is an orphan.

Outside Kampala there is a place where some of these abandoned, unloved and neglected children are kept. And this is where our story begins…

Not long ago a woman was on her way out of Kampala and drove past a dilapidated old sign that read “M”: Rehabilitation Center for Children. She was drawn to learn more about the place so she turned down a long, winding dirt road until she came to the end. To her horror, she found rooms of children locked up, young kids chained to windows, and even a 10 day old, malnourished and living in her own urine. She saw hundreds of children with little food and no supervision. As horrific as this was, on that day God began a glorious story of redemption for these children.

Eight thousand miles away, word of “M” made its way to the shores of America. Several families in Atlanta heard about “M” and their hearts were completely broken. Living amidst a sea of abundance and well cared for families, they could not begin to fathom the pain and suffering that these children endured on a daily basis.  The thought of orphaned children held in these circumstances with no one to advocate or care for them was too much.

So in early 2010, the men began to pray that God would send someone to help. They quickly realized God was planning to send them. It was clear they were being called step up and do something, so they responded and went. They wanted to see first hand how God was at work, and how they could serve.

The experience was life changing.  After witnessing the gospel in action and the heart of God poured out on orphans and imprisoned children, these men realized that God was calling them to not only proclaim the gospel but to live it.

Sixty Feet was born out of a desire to participate in God’s work at “M.” It was born out of a yearning to share the love of Jesus Christ in a tangible and meaningful way. To care for and minister to orphans who are otherwise treated as common prisoners. In short, Sixty Feet is a response to the gospel.

Unfortunately, we soon realized that “M” was not unique. There are other facilities around Uganda where children are held. So far we know of seven. The mission expanded quickly and our hearts grew exponentially. Within months of that first trip, God assembled an amazing team on the ground and He continues to equip us to minister to the children.

God has not only moved in our hearts but in the hearts of so many back in the U.S.  The response from people around the country (and the world) has been tremendous. The outpouring of prayers and support for imprisoned children half way across the world has been awe-inspiring. It leaves us humbled and encouraged to see the body of Christ rise up to share the love of Jesus with the least of our brothers and sisters suffering under horrendous conditions.

When all is said and done, Sixty Feet is made up of regular people who responded to a call God placed on our lives. We are fully submitted to the authority of Christ and to His will for this ministry. We exist for His glory and to serve His purposes as long as He would have us do so.

This is our story, and we pray that soon…. it may be your story too.

The picture above is from one of the actual centers they serve in.

Here is a list of the many things that Sixty Feet is doing to improve the lives of these imprisoned children.

And…

Here are the details on the STUFT 60 Challenge for Run Sixty Feet.

 

There are two options.

1. Register to join me and do your own virtual “STUFT 60 Challenge” race the same day or that weekend.

STUFT 60 virtual revised

OR

2. Simply donate to support my 37 mile treadmill run.

STUFT 60 treadmill run

I don’t want this to be all about my run on the treadmill, it’s about all of us coming together to raise money for these children and this amazing charity.

 

Option 1-

Virtual race details:

– You can run your own virtual race. It can be at your house, at the park, with your kids, with your dog, at an actual organized event, at the gym, on the treadmill or the elliptical, pretty much whatever you want it to be.

– You pick what you want to do and the time or distance. It’s yours. One mile or ten, a walk or a run,  30 minutes or an hour, etc.

– You pick what day of the weekend of January 31- February 2 (or any other day prior if that doesn’t work out for you). Yes, I just decided that weekend is a three day weekend that starts on Friday. Ha. It’s also Super Bowl weekend, so you might want to get moving before the game anyway, yes?

 

Whatever you choose to do, your virtual “race” will be a part of the STUFT 60 Challenge.

We’re in this together.

Go here to register.

STUFT 60 Challenge Registration

 

Make sure to write “STUFT 60 Challenge” as the race you’re going to run. Again, you pick the distance or time, whether you run or walk and day (January 31- February 2) that you want.

The $25 registration fee will go directly to the Sixty Feet and you will get:

– High-quality, “deliriously awesome”, poly-tech team running shirt.

– Online training, coaching and nutritional support.

– Online fundraising support and resources.

 

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If you wear your shirt when you do your virtual race (or your family walk, etc.) feel free to take a picture and send it my way. I can keep our STUFT 60 Challenge team and the runs/walks together.

 

Option 2-

Donation Details:

If you’re not up for doing your own virtual race and you’d just like to donate to the cause and to my 37 mile treadmill run, you can do so on my fundraising page here:

Kristin’s STUFT 60 Challenge 37 Mile Treadmill Run

 

My run day is January 31st.

My run will be on a treadmill for 37 miles (because it’s my 37th birthday and I’m not quite ready to take on 60 miles just yet).

My run will also be at a local news station. KUSI for those of you that are local.

My run may also include walking, lots of breaks, tears and most likely crawling the last few miles. We shall see.

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So that’s what we’ve got going.

I’m working on getting some giveaways for those of you who register and do a virtual race and/or donate, so I’ll share those as they come.

Friends, let’s do this and help make a difference for these children.

 

One more note:

Sixty Feet is also an Official charity for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & Half Marathon in Raleigh, NC on April 13, 2014. If you’d like to join the Sixty Feet team you can register specifically for that race with the team here.

 

I hope you’ll join me in this challenge.

Email me with any questions.

stuftmama@stuftfitness.com

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Comments

  1. 1
    Michelle Kim says:

    This is so awesome! What a wonderful way to use the gift of running to give to such a great charity!

  2. 2
    Tess says:

    Cheering you on!!!!

  3. 3

    Awesome! What a wonderful cause and a wonderful way to enjoy your birthday!

  4. 4
    Tracy Carson says:

    This is awesome! I am so proud of you! What a fantastic way to shine so brightly for The Lord while doing something you love. Seriously, this is just the best and so are you! Thinking of ways I could be involved…

  5. 5

    Yay!! I’ve been totally waiting for this post 😉 As I captained a team for Sixty Feet back in November for a half in Atlanta and am signed up to run with Sixty Feet in Raleigh, I am not going to fundraise for this one. However, I will definitely donate to your run! Running for something greater than yourself is so completely awesome, and I look forward to being able to support you, the children, and Sixty Feet in that way. May you be blessed for all that you are doing by blessing others! 🙂 Have a fabulous Wednesday!

  6. 6
    Nicole says:

    Always inspiring!

  7. 7
    Kim says:

    I’m so excited!!! I signed up for the virtual race on the 31st but I didn’t see a place to enter my distance. I’m thinking 30 (if I feel good I will run the 37 to support you virtually because you know I’m a huge fan of running your age on your birthday!!!).
    Love the cause we are supporting!!!

  8. 8
    Sara says:

    I love this idea, Kristin, and will sign up. On a side note, I will be 37 on the 27th – Happy Birthday! 🙂

  9. 9
    Angela says:

    I just entered to do the virtual race with you! So excited, thank you for sharing such an amazing and important mission! Happy to run around for team STUFT:)

  10. 10
    MILF Runner says:

    Good for you! What a noble cause 🙂

  11. 11
    Courtney says:

    i signed up! i’ll be running a solo run (prob 12 miles) but will love doing it “alongside” you!

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