Fundraising is hard.

Training week: 4 of 18
Money raised: $1,609 of $8,000
Today’s run: 9 miles, 20 degrees
Cumulative training miles: 86

When I signed up to run Boston with a charity bib, people asked me which I thought would be harder: running a marathon or raising $8,000. I honestly wasn’t sure. So far, the physical challenge of cold-weather training hasn’t fazed me. (I can already hear Future Julie laughing at my naiveté.) But fundraising at this scale is no joke.

In order to reach the next fundraising benchmark set by the Trinity Boston Foundation — $2k by January 15 — I’ll need to raise $400 in the next 8 days. Even if I reach that, I have only a month to raise another $1,500. It works out to raising $64 per day, every single day between now and April 17 (which is exactly 100 days away, btw!).

I’ve asked a LOT of people to donate. I alternate between being overwhelmed by people’s generosity, and being disheartened by how far I still have to go. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve made a huge mistake signing up for this.

Sometimes I feel like Gob Bluth.

But I think I have strength in numbers. For today’s 9-mile run, I layered up and picked a route that I thought would be cleared after yesterday’s light snowfall. The sidewalks in Sudbury were pretty dicey, so I decided to hit Comm Ave in Newton and run along the marathon route near Heartbreak Hill. As it turns out, EVERYONE TRAINING FOR BOSTON is also running Comm Ave on Saturday mornings. It was great! I must have passed 200 other runners, all braving the cold and totally crushing it. I even ran into a team of various charity runners who said I was welcome to join them for future runs. Teaming up with fellow first-timers is going to be crucial as the mileage surpasses my familiar half-marathon distance. Knowing that there are thousands of other marathon runners out there, all racing toward an ambitious goal — and many of them fundraising at the same time — gives me hope that somehow, some way, I’ll figure it out myself.

Please consider donating to the Trinity Boston Foundation, to support educational programming that helps Boston youth achieve seemingly impossible goals. This fantastic organization provides out-of-school enrichment programming that leads to higher high school graduation and college-going rates in some of the most resource-strapped schools in Boston. TBF provides mental health counseling to individuals and families who cannot otherwise afford the intensive care they need. And, most meaningfully to me, Trinity Boston Foundation runs Sole Train, a half-marathon training program that teaches Boston high school students that they can reach for incredible goals that they never thought possible. Each of these programs resonates personally with me, so your donation means a lot.

Here are a few more ways to support me after you’ve donated, or if you aren’t able to give right now:

  1. Spread the word! Like and share my posts on Facebook, and encourage your networks to support my race. I’ve already received several generous donations from complete strangers this way. Asking your friends to donate is the biggest thing you can do to help!
  2. Share your fundraising ideas with me. What has inspired you to donate to charities in the past? Have your friends led successful fundraising campaigns? I’m ready to try anything!
  3. Let me know you believe in me! I need all the support I can get. High fives, Facebook comments, and cheery texts/emails really do help!

On another note, I would like to point out that the honor of being the FIRST to comment on my blog is still up for grabs. My husband and my mom tell me my posts are great. That’s how I know have at least 2 readers (well, 3, when you count how often I read it myself). Say hi!

4 Replies to “Fundraising is hard.”

  1. Wow Julie! All I have to say is thank you for pushing yourself like this to help others realize their potential. Thanks Julie, keep it up!

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