The following is a guest post by Wendy Pauls, a.k.a. Phil (the crazy monkey!)
Last year, we had a team of approx. 50 people running/walking on behalf of PI. This year, our goal is to exceed 100 participants for the PI Dream Team. At the time I am writing this, our team is 52 persons strong.
Now, back to me becoming the “mono loco”….while attending a charity conference earlier this year, I was sitting in a workshop trying to think of something that I could do personally to help raise more funds for the charity that I am passionately involved with. And I came up with this crazy idea. PI has a mascot – a stuffed monkey named Phil. Well, I decided to have a full monkey costume made so that “Phil” could join the Dream Team at Road2Hope this year. Now the “loco” part? Phil (me) will be running the FULL marathon at the event.
A full marathon, in case you don’t know, is 42.2 kilometres. Wearing fitness appropriate clothing it would likely take me 4 hours and 15 minutes to complete. Wearing a monkey costume? I’m not sure.
My fundraising goal for this “loco” idea is $10,000. (If I’m going to run 42.2 km as a monkey, I’d like to make it worthwhile.) If you would like to help me reach this goal by making a donation, you can visit www.iam1ru.com and find Phil on the list of race participants.
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