Dream Big or Go Home – Lilyan’s Run

Everyone, I have been working on something audaciously bold. Something that for me at least is well beyond anything that I have ever tried before and maybe more than I ever will again. I have mentioned it to a few of you but until now I didn’t want to post it because I wasn’t sure that it would actually happen. Well that and after I hit the publish button there will be no turning back.

A little background about the what and why. As I have written about before, there is a group called I Run 4 that matches runners with those that are not able to run because of various conditions. I Run 4 Lilyan, a very special young lady who works very hard to show that Cerebral Palsy is a condition she has, not a limitation. One of the biggest things that I have learned is that Lilyan is a much better motivation for me than I could ever be for her. The things that she has overcome in her life are far beyond anything that I will. I was talking with Ladonna about this earlier in the year and about how the first race I did for Lilyan was also my first half marathon. Lilyan is now 8 years old. 13.1 for the half marathon times 8 for the years equals 104.8. That was it, the start of the plan. What could be done with that number that could show how much I appreciate Lilyan and raise awareness for CP? Something that would also show that you don’t have to be a super elite athlete to do your part, just someone that tries their best and enjoys running.

Ssssoooo… Here we go… Wait for it…

104.8 miles also just happens to be the distance, if you add a few curves, from Kingsport, TN to Knoxville, TN. Why don’t I just run from one city to the other? If I can do that and manage to let everyone know about Lilyan AND raise money for Cerebral Palsy… Well why not? An idea, maybe a little strange logic, a note to Ashley, Lily’s mom, her OK, a few emails back and forth with Tim & Amy at I Run 4 and then with United Cerebral Palsy it brings us to here. In less than six short months I will set off on an adventure of a lifetime when I start on Stone Drive in Kingsport and follow existing Greenbelts, highways and green ways to wind my way to the banks of the Tennessee River in Knoxville. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing more details and asking everyone to help by contributing to United Cerebral Palsy, being part of the support team, joining me for segments (or the whole thing) and sharing this with every person you know.

And yes, I am a runner and a paramedic so I am crazy.


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