I'm running the UTMB ultramarathon to support The Mountaineers Youth Programs!

On Aug 31st I will be competing in the UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc), a 104 mile, non-stop adventure run around Mont Blanc (touching France, Italy, and Switzerland) with an average altitude of 6,000 ft and a mind-blowing 33,000 feet of climbing. Because we welcomed our daughter, Sienna, to this world three months ago while I was training for this race, the importance of the Youth Programs at The Mountaineers became even more important to me. As a result of this, I am hoping to raise $5,000 for these programs and would like to ask for your support!

My wife, Sara, and I joined The Mountaineers, a 501c3 non-profit organization in the Pacific Northwest, to learn how to climb safely and responsibly on the rock, snow, and ice on the mountains around Seattle. After seeing the level of dedication of the volunteer leaders and the life-changing experiences The Mountaineers provides to those who take the various courses, I decided to give back by joining the Board of Directors. After serving for two years as the Treasurer, I was elected as President in February. Over the past two years we have been going through a significant transformation to focus on engaging youth since we know this next generation will be the stewards of our land and waterways. I'm excited to say that the Youth Education and Outreach Programs we developed have shown amazing results in introducing youth to the outdoors. We team up with community’s youth-serving organizations--YMCAs, Girl Scouts, youth homeless shelters and local schools, to name a few--to provide activities designed to build confidence, responsibility, trust and a passion for the outdoors while having a whole bunch of fun! The kids learn everything from how to rock climb...to using a compass...to campfire cooking...all while appreciating how to treat the outdoors with respect (Leave-No-Trace). We know that outdoor participation is declining among kids, but research shows that positive outdoor experiences during childhood can generate a lifelong appreciation of the outdoors.

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