Sometimes it takes a lofty goal to find out what you’re really capable of accomplishing.
A few of us at ConnectedHealth and some of our friends embarked on a fundraising and physical training adventure called Concrete Hero, an urban obstacle challenge that takes place on July 14, 2013, in downtown Los Angeles. The experience has really helped us put energy toward some key values: fitness, fun and helping others. These can sometimes get lost in the midst of hard work, deadlines, travel and other priorities at home. But Concrete Hero gave us the impending deadline we needed to focus our energy.
Our team, Running with Scissors, began raising money to support AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), a Los Angeles-based organization that offers HIV/AIDS-related care, prevention and advocacy for thousands of low-income Angelinos who need the most help. Each participant in the event needs to raise a minimum of $400 in donations to this worthy cause. For some of us, that seemed daunting – asking other people for money doesn’t come easily to everyone. But each of us tackled it anyway.
We are committed to running a five-mile obstacle course in downtown L.A. where we will scale buses, a massive replica of the famous Hollywood sign, a field of abandoned cars, fire, mud, wind…you name it! To be clear, not one of us is a regular in Cross-Fit classes nor do any of us run more than a few minutes in the gym on any given day. But, we put our hands in a pile and started on the adventure.
So far, we’ve already hit a number of milestones:
- We will have our own team logo, designed by a friend, for team t-shirts.
- One of our team members is currently the top fundraiser in the entire event.
- And, best of all, our team is the second highest fundraiser to date. (The top team, by the way, has 75 people and we only have 10.)
- Definitely a highlight: there have only been minor training injuries to date.
Lots of good things happening already, and plenty more to come, as we get closer to the July 14 event date. In the meantime, you can read more about this (or even donate!): www.concretehero.org.