Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke warms up before kicking ass in the 100 meter hurdle race. Though her dancing is impressive, I highly recommend watching the actual race too. To skip ahead to the start of the run fast-forward to the 3:00 min mark.
To see Kate’s interview segment on KCRA News, which they won’t let me embed, click here.
“For fifty years, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has provided annual scholarships to students of Marines and Navy Corpsmen with attention to children who have lost a parent in action. Of the scholarship recipients, eighty-nine percent graduate from four-year institutions, forty-two percent pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and many go on to public service careers, demonstrating the societal benefit of these awards.
Kathryn James, a Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation award recipient, will be attending East Carolina University in the fall. Kathryn, whose father, Major Brian James, died after his V-22 Osprey aircraft crashed into the Potomac River, says the scholarship gave her the opportunity to fulfill her father’s dream of his children attending college. “The Marine Corps has given me more than financial help, it has connected me with families and offered me support to accomplish my dad’s dream,” said Kathryn.
Margaret Davis, President and CEO, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, believes the Foundation’s success in fundraising despite the weak economy was due to its vast network of volunteers and donorsinvolved over the past few decades, a strong board of directors with a commitment to the mission of the organization, and a dedicated professional staff team.” – via Philanthropy Journal
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Yesterday, a bunch of thrill-seeking runners participated in the first ever Run For Your Lives 5K. According the race’s website, Run For Your Lives is an apocalyptic 5K obstacle course. But you’re not just running against the clock — you’re running from brain-hungry, virus-spreading zombies.
When I first read about this 5K, I was intrigued but I was also wondering how the hell it worked. After researching the race a bit, I discovered the rules were actually quite simple. Before the race, each runner is given a flag belt. Just like in a game of flag football, these flags represent a runner’s health. Throughout the obstacle course there are zombies who want to take the runner’s flags, and if a runner loses all his/her health flags, he/she dies. And the zombies win.
As if being chased by zombies and having to complete an obstacle course weren’t enough, there is yet another trick to this race. The additional trick is that there are multiple routes a runner can choose from, and if you choose all the wrong routes you end up running a 10K rather than the 5K you anticipated.
In my dreams, I run alongside 29-year-old Ryan Hall. But this New York City subway installation demonstrated just how hard it would be to keep up with Ryan’s 4:46/mile pace (yeah, he runs that fast for 26.2 miles).