Throwback Thursday

When we decided to do a Virtual run we honestly didn’t know how big it would be so we decided to “shoot for the stars” by ordering 2000 medals. Yes, you read right 2000 MEDALS! To date we have sold 400 medals which is truly awesome but we still have a goal to sell the remaining 1600 whether it takes 1 month, 6 months or even a year, we just want to sell these medals because it will help these three families TREMENDOUSLY!

For those of you that have signed up, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! These medals were made with love, support and with the idea we are a family that come together during hard times. I know personally, that Ellie and Kym love seeing all these photos and feeling the love and support from each of you!

For those of you that are still on the fence about signing up below is a short recap of what we have done thus far for the #3CORWarriors

Here is a map showing where everyone has signed up thus far (that is 400 people between US and Canada)! Can we get all 50 States filled?

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What states don’t we have someone registered in yet? ONLY 12 STATES!

  • New Mexico
  • Kansas
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Arkansas
  • Iowa
  • Alabama
  • West Virginia
  • Deleware
  • Maine

But lets not stop there… let’s get people registered from other countries

  • England
  • Sweden
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Ireland
  • India
  • …list goes on and on

How much have we raised with this virtual run? To date we have raised roughly $8000 from selling these medals. Remember that $5 of each entry goes back to the cost of the medals whatever is left goes to these girls. If you choose to register and donate more awesome, anything over the $5 will go to the fund. Make sure when you register you do this as a friends and family so that PayPal cost won’t be taken out.

REGISTER HERE!

How many miles have been ran thus far for these girls? Well, as of today (May 25, 2017) there has been 486.69 miles  with accumulate activity time of 310:11:18 and counting!

This all so amazing!! Don’t forget to register by June 4 to be entered into some awesome prizes. Speaking of prizes, make sure you check out the list of prizes we have thus far!

PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!

If you have any questions please feel free to email me rachel.hillary@gmail.com. Please note, I will be traveling to Liverpool this week for a race (May 25-May 29) and won’t be checking email until my return. So if you don’t hear back from me right away that is why!

Cheers!

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Thankful Thursday by Ellie Rotter

This week I asked Elizabeth Rotter, one of the survivors from the accident if she would like to post something, especially after she finished walking the Spartan Sprint Sunday. She was only cleared a month ago which is crazy but awesome! Read below her recap from this past weekend at the Spartan Super and Sprint in Fort Carson.

This past weekend stands out far beyond I have ever experienced on any Spartan Race grounds in my whole OCR participation! After all the outreach, care, concern, care packages, cards, and visits while in and out of being at Craig Hospital, this past Fort Carson weekend surpasses engulfment of love from SO many people! 
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Laughter and joyful tears started with my best friend Jessica’s coming to town from Arizona, since the last time I was suppose to see her was three month ago to race Spartan Arizona. This was an overdue delayed/postponed race weekend to spend time together and catching up in person prior to being on the race grounds in the Springs.
Saturday’s events started once we stepped into the festival area to visit Stacy Sanderson and the Tatham’s , who were almost on their way out. Friends on Spartan staff gave hugs and talked through any inquiries and discussions to catch up since Breckenridge. Quite a lot to share, including the accident and any life stories that have come up since the last time we all saw each other. Strangers even approached to discuss the significance of the COR medal and reached out to share a hug. Very heart moving!
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Sunday’s events started once Jess and I were able to get to the corral and join others to step off into the 9:30am heat! Surrounded by COR jerseys, hugs and tears, once again, it was very welcoming to see members of my extended family in person. It all seemed surreal to experience and the heart beat was normal, knowing what to anticipate for the most part on course. My Spartan nickname quickly changed to “Eli” with an honorary moment of silence plus admiration for dear Corrina, to the crowd being informed that I was standing amongst the corral with everyone else. What a blessing!
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With my protective, supportive, encouraging, and belly shaking from laughter COR walkers were amazing to have alongside the whole course! Rachel Babcock, her boyfriend David, plus Jessica and I made it through the course with their circular and vocal protection! Our laughter and story telling are all quite memorable plus being able to take photos of these 3 enjoying the obstacles and getting muddy together was amazing. My itches to run and desires to complete the obstacles were on hold knowing those will be reintroduced once my body is ready to take on the challenges. Knowing that I just started walking without any balance issues a month prior to this weekend, early on having an oxygen tank every night to breathe fully out of both lungs and multiple fractures from my right shoulder to my pelvis, it felt incredible to say the least to be on race grounds taking each step and hill with a soul full of blessings to be able to accomplish such a feat! The third hill had my heart beating faster than ever focused on before and I was very grateful to see the last hill to climb. I will say with determination and perseverance, I climbed each of the 5 hills without taking any breathers until the peaks, grateful for the team around me in case anything happened.
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Once we reached Mt. Olympus, my eyes viewed the sea of COR people standing near the finish line and I was already tearful. Our discussion of jumping or walking or going around the fire obstacle spewed into my Niagara Falls of tears seeing, as we got closer to the finish line,  who was standing in front of the whole group, Tiffany, Corrina’s daughter. What an honor to receive the finisher medal from Tiffany! I am still completely humbled and my heart is full of so many incredible emotions from us all being together. These words only summarize a portion of everything that happened this past weekend. May the love of people keep spreading and bring us stronger and healthier together.
Much love,
Elizabeth
Here is a special note from Emily’s mom Julie. Ellie and Emily are buddies through the “I Run 4 Michael” group. More info on that program HERE.
“My daughter just completed her 5K for Elizabeth Rotter. She’s only 9 years old and is a special needs child who Elizabeth actually joined “I Run 4 Michael” group and was matched with my daughter so Elizabeth could run for her.  Since the accident my daughter has been determined now to run for Ellie and she has – and today she did big time!  It’s not easy for her, but she kept her legs moving and had a smile on her face pretty much most of the time.  🙂  I just think having a picture or two of her for Ellie would be neat.
Thank you for the opportunity to do this for these amazing ladies.  My daughter ADORES Elizabeth and even though they haven’t met (we live in Michigan), she has connected deeply with my little girl and helps my daughter overcome and push through her struggles with her special needs.  It’s been a privilege to support Ellie now during this difficult time.
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There is so much to be thankful for in our lives and its such a blessing to see everyone coming together to support these ladies. As we continuously mention, medals are still available and will be until all 1900 are gone!!! This is a big task at hand but the least we can try to do for these ladies that have given so much to others.
Remember, if you register and pay by the end of May you will be entered into some awesome prizes such as Tough Mudder entry, OCR Spear, thirty7’s apparel, LuLa Roe and much more.

Why Wait?! Register Today!!! 

Think About It Thursday! Sign Up TODAY

Wow! The love that we have received for these ladies is beyond words! I know they personally feel all the love, support and excitement around this race. Since announcing this race we have had over 1000 people all over the world reading about it and have about 200 people signed up between Canada and the US. This is just incredible! Our goal is to get 2000 people signed up from all over the world! Check out where everyone is running

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Today, Kym went in for her 4th surgery from the accident. She finally was able to part ways with Maurice (her ostomy bag). This is just another step in her journey to a full recovery. She had a going away party this past weekend for her and Maurice. Here are a couple pics and her vibrant smile.

Both Ellie and Kym are still out of work and recovering from the accident. By participating in this race you are helping take away their financial stress, showing support and love all the while they are able to focus on their recovery.

If every person that has looked at this race, the past  month, actually signed up we would have about 1200 people from all over the world which means the girls would have $30,000! That is nuts to think about!

What is stopping you from signing up?

  • Cost? Pay when you can just sign up to hold your medal. I won’t send medals til I know money has been sent.
  • Don’t know the girls? We will be showcasing each of the women over the next few weeks to let you see how amazing they are
  • Don’t have PayPal? Ok well contact me and we can figure something out!
  • Why should you? If you have or know anyone that has been in a serious car accident you know the stress, hassle and time it takes to settle everything (average length is 3 years). Each major surgery cost around $200k depending what is being done. It all adds up fast and not even including the emotional, physical and mental challenges that don’t have a price. In a blink of an eye these women’s lives changed forever.

Let me tell you through everything that these girls have been through, their strength, love and positivity amaze me. Yes, they have their bad days but overall they stay positive and move forward. They definitely took the term “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” to a whole new level.

MORE INFO HERE

What is Love?

 

Love is one of the funniest words in the English Dictionary.  It is a word that is so often said, yet rarely done.  Today’s society often tell each other how much we love them, only to turn around and hurt them seconds later.    The problem is of course, is that we tend to focus on ourselves, and not on others.

Love is more than an emotion it is also an action!  If we are going to show someone how much we love them then we need to show it by our actions, and not just by the words we say.  I often find myself wondering how I can show my love for God to myself and others.  I have always considered myself a very loving person but until recently I didn’t realize that maybe I wasn’t doing it in the right way or manner.  I have always found 1 Corinthians 13 to be wonderful chapter to live by in regards to love.  When I finally decided to take a step back and re-evaluate my love for myself I knew I had to read the scripture to gain a better understanding.  Every time that I read 1 Corinthians it really makes me evaluate how I am showing love and to question if it is in the right manner.  The most powerful thing about this scripture is that it teaches up how to act toward ourselves, other people and mostly how we should behave towards God but it is also a guide on how we should act when faced with difficult circumstances.  The first three things the chapter says about love are “Love is patient, Love is kind.  Love does not envy!”

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, patients is describes as: “bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint; not hasty or impetuous.”  Patience shows God that we trust Him and that we know He is in control of everything.  If we are following God’s will for our lives then we have absolutely nothing to fear or worry about.  When the enemy starts knocking at our door, and we are left to go through some trials in our lives, then we need to have patience and we need to trust the Lord with all our hearts.  We need to realize that there is a purpose for what ever it is we are going through, and then we need to approach God with calmness and ask Him what it is we need to learn from our current circumstances.  We have to remember that God will not make us go through something if it isn’t going to further his kingdom in some way and that He will not give us anything that we cannot bear (1 Cor 10:13).  Trials are hard, but they can be even harder when we are not willing to be patient enough to learn and grow from them.  When we are patient enough to learn and grow from our trials then God knows that we are dedicated to His purpose and furthering his kingdom.

Secondly this scripture talks about how love is kind.  Kind is defined as sympathetic or helpful nature, considerate, or gracious.  I don’t think the word “kind” gets the credit it deserves.  Sometimes when someone tells you “Oh you are so kind”, we kind of just brush it off like it is no big deal, but it really is!  Our kindness to other people shows them how much we love God! It is the will of God for us to love Him, ourselves and other people.  We are called to be gracious and kind. We are called to show grace and mercy to those who don’t deserve it.    Being kind is very special; it is showing other people love, the way that God showed it to us.  So the next time you feel the urge to hold a grudge, or blame someone else for your problems, think again.  Show some kindness, be gracious and spread the love of God.

The final characteristic of the three was envy.  Envy is defined as “painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage; an object of envious notice or feeling.”  One of the hardest things about being here on earth with billions of other people is it is hard to feel unique.  Especially for me, it is really hard to feel like you have a place in this world and your talents and ambitions actually matter or will even make a difference.  I think that is why we sometimes envy other people; well at least one of the reasons why I envy people.  We envy when we see someone else who looks like they have got it all together, then we desire whatever it is they have; but we can’t have it, because it is not ours to have in the first place, God gave it to them for a reason!  At some point each of us have wished that we came up with that particular idea or wrote that particular top seller book or on the opposite side of the spectrum think “how could I ever do something so amazing as that?”.   That is being envious!  God has created each one of us for a purpose.  No purpose is better than the other, and no purpose is too small or meaningless.  We have nothing to envy.  Envy is something that effects the person having the feelings more than the person who is being envied.  We have to remember “love does not envy”!  We need to do to show ourselves love in order to love God completely!  We need to realize who we are and to whom we belong to.  We need to have faith and confidence in knowing that God has a unique purpose and plan for each of us, and envy is only stumbling block in our path to fulfilling our true God given purpose.  If we really love ourselves and if we truly embrace who we are in Christ, then we have absolutely no reason to envy another people.

In closing I want to remember that truly loving God means putting aside every thought of evil and every action of sin.  It means putting aside ourselves and living for something greater… someone greater, in every decision made.  We need to demonstrate what love really is not only by our words but more so by our actions towards other.  And in doing so we are showing others and ourselves what the Love of God is.