Working toward a world without violence.

Hello everyone,

If you know me, you know that I've always wanted to run a marathon. I've always been interested by an event that requires physical, mental, and emotional strength to accomplish. In April, I took the plunge and decided to run the Richmond Marathon on 11/16. However, I wanted to do something different; rather than making the event about me, I wanted to run it for charity.

When I left to run the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond, I realized I didn't have a running shirt for race day so I would have to go to the mall. Luckily that day, I left home a few minutes late and could not reach the mall before meeting at Anne's house to leave. At that time, a man posted on 4chan his intentions, entered the mall, and shot two people. The next Monday, the Boston Marathon bombing occurred. The rest of that week included anniversaries of Virginia Tech, Columbine, and Oklahoma City. It goes without saying that numerous acts of violence have happened since then.

During this week, I decided enough was enough. Violence across the world needs to stop. So I have decided to run the Anthem Richmond Marathon for a worthy cause, Futures Without Violence (FWV). FWV primarily focuses on domestic violence but has branched out to include other types of violence as well as educating the youth in fostering healthy relationships, helping men serve as role models, and improving community leadership. In short, "everyone has the right to live free of violence."

I encourage you to visit their website (http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org) for more information. Additionally, FWV has received four stars from Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6436).

I know a future without violence is daunting, utopian, and difficult to achieve, but if we work together, we can one day accomplish this goal. Any donation you can give is appreciated and will be going to a very worthy cause. I set the goal at $500, but I know we can easily surpass that amount by the endpoint (11/23/2013).

I'll do my best to keep you updated on my daily training runs. Currently, my goal is for 8:30 min/mile.

-Jake

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