DEEP BREATH. Exhale. What a past week. No, what a weekend. I’ve been so inspired, determined and in awe of seeing so many people come together for one cause.
Having been intently focused on putting together our fundraiser for Operation Underground Rescue — O.U.R. — it’s opened my eyes to a social ill that many think stopped over 150 years with the end of slavery here in America. But, human slavery still exists today. And, believe it or not, there are more slaves today (27 million) than there were here in America when slavery was legal — that’s a total from when slavery was introduced to the it’s end.
That’s a jarring realization. And, something that really isn’t talked about. But, it’s a problem that also includes over 2 million children — almost all as sex slaves. All appalling realities.
This past weekend was very much a bittersweet success. It was amazing and joyous to see SO many people within my community come together to fight child sex slavery. We had Tim Ballard — the founder of O.U.R. there along with Ed Smart and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. It was amazing!
We are within $5,000-$10,000 of our goal — which I know we’ll hit before the end of the year. We had a couple checks come in after the event ended and we have a few people donating matching funds for a few events happening this month.
It’s just been amazing to watch. I am very much overcome with emotion because of the nature of what we’re fighting and doing for these kids living in hell.
And, that’s why it’s bittersweet for me. All of that success we had this weekend with the fundraising gala and the 5K — it’s not enough. I’m VERY grateful for what we’ve been able to raise because that will help fund three missions to rescue kids.
But, it’s not all the kids.
The goal isn’t to save some kids — it’s to save all kids. And, that’s why I’ve felt a sense of anxiety to get involved, raise awareness, fundraise and do whatever I can. The two million kids trapped in slavery today — need me — need us!
I can’t think of a better motivating force and call to action?
And, this fundraiser isn’t it with my involvement. There’s so much more to be done, said and raised. The message of O.U.R. needs to be heard. The silent prayers of these two million children need to be heard. I have to be a part of that.
The weekend was such a great success. Not only did we raise nearly $60-$65,000 for O.U.R., but personally — I won a couple auction items I am excited about. One, I got a lifetime membership to my gym, Ignite Fitness. Very stoked about that actually. Jason offered five lifetime memberships for a $1,000 donation — he too has heard the call about what O.U.R. is all about.
Then I also won a banana picture. It was only $7, but OH MAN — wasn’t it perfect for me! I am now looking for somewhere to hang it. My Mom has already vetoed above the fireplace — she suggested the bathroom or basement? Either way it’s art perfection!
The 5K was a lot of fun too — Jorge and I ran it. And, it was tough. Much tougher than what you’d think a 5K to be. The one thing I forget about Bountiful is our hills. I know that’s hard to forget considering that I live on a hill, but the course was anything but flat.
The first couple of miles were pretty much at an uphill slant. But, I powered through it. I mainly wanted to see how fast I could go. I wasn’t anticipating a PR or anything — but, I finished in 37 minutes. Not bad, not good (to my standards), but it’s a good starting point.
I’ve signed up for a couple of 5Ks between January and March to go along with my half marathon training. I really want to get my 5K base faster and I thought that would be an excellent way to do it.
And, my legs are still pretty sore from the race — even two days later. That means two things — I pushed it good and I need to be in better shape. And, I’m working on that.
Anyways, I’m looking forward to this upcoming week. I should get A LOT more sleep this week. I averaged about four hours of sleep from Wednesday to Friday night — blah! And, my run streak did end — HAHAHAHA — at a week. So I am going to pick it up again. Well, either pick it up or go in another direction. I am not sure yet? More on that later.
I am also working on my 2016 goals and the 2015 Joshby Awards will be coming out later this week and early next week. Those will be a lot of fun.
Oh, and I am also running The Bakers Dozen Half Marathon in Hurricane this Saturday! That’s going to be a lot of fun. A LOT OF FUN!
Anyways, have a great week — and as always — HAPPY RUNNING!
O.U.R. BOUNTIFUL RESCUE
One of the many projects that I was involved in for the O.U.R. Fundraising Gala was putting together a video of the number of fundraising efforts, etc. that our team and community did leading up to the evening.
It was quite the project. Just getting a mass of pictures from everyone was a feat in it’s own right. But, putting it together to not just make sense, but move people and let them experience some of the feelings our team has had putting the fundraiser together was quite a larger feat.
Really, and quite honestly, I relied on inspiration. I can communicate my feelings, but how do you do it for a whole group? That’s tough. But, I felt like I did a good job. I got comments from my family and others about the video — so I hope it inspired and moved others to action.
Anyways — give it a play.
Then you have come join us for our next fundraiser!
RUNCAST USA — EPISODE ONE
We’re back! And, rebranded! The Utah Runcast is officially now Runcast USA! We were going to make the move to the new PodBash network in January 2016 with the other shows, but we got a jump start to NOW! This change includes our own iTunes feed, individual page at PodBash.com as well as our own website at RuncastUSA.com. Lot’s of fun stuff coming your way in 2016 with the podcast and more. So make sure you stay tuned in!
So for this episode Jorge joins us and explains why he didn’t show up for the last show. Let’s just say — the Mrs. isn’t so happy. We have a special guest — and first female on the Runcast — Shaylee Hurst from Runtastic Events. She shares with us a little bit about what she does with Runtastic along with how she got faster this past year.
Plus, we babble on about our goals, my 50K, Jorge’s injury and Jim’s marathon plan. It’s all good stuff. Catch it all here …
What is this … a salad for ants?! 🐜🐜🐜🐜 #funsizesalad @costavida A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on
This was one productive night at the auction. #bananapicture #itsgoinginmybathroom A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on
After running 5Ks I always wish I had kept count of how many of them I’ve ran. Though I don’t know the number, this one will be memorable. Not because I PR’d or anything like that. But, because of what it was for — we were literally running for those that can’t run away. Child sex trafficking is the most disgusting of all our social ills. To take away a child’s freedom and innocence is beyond disgusting and wrong. To be able to support a race like this @ourrescue 5K and know the funds go right to stopping the child sex trade — makes me feel blessed and like an abolitionist. It’s time to break the chain — please support @ourrescue and their mission to rescue kids and reunite them to their families. #ourrescue #5K #running #utah #runutah #rununited #breakthechains #our A photo posted by Running180™ (@running180) on
I love this picture of the finish line at the @ourrescue 5K finish line. The support the runners received and the joy this boy’s mother has for his accomplishment — it melts my heart. Their race is helping kids like him and YOUNGER to be rescued from human sex trafficking rings around the world. It’s been an emotional weekend for me seeing all this support from my community help answer the silent prayers of those children living in — hell. If you want to help our cause go to www.ourbountiful.org. #ourrescue #5K #running #bountiful #utah @running180 @fight4phat @kindaqwerty @urbantrail.run @ourrescue.run @ourrescue
Oh, he looks cold & hungry. Someone should draw him a hot bath and feed him some garlic and butter. #lobsterlove A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on
I’m ushering Stake Conference this morning — and as Ezra Taft Benson said, “What E’re Thou Art, Act Well Thy Part” #churchsecuritywannabe A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on
The secret to bakkles is how the love is seared into each cookie. It’s called deep fried in fatty goodness. #thatshowyoubakkle #norwegianchristmas A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on
MONTHLY MILEAGE UPDATE 2015Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015 2015 Training Miles – 259.5 miles 2015 Walking Miles – 504.55 miles 2015 Race Miles – 467.55 miles 2015 Total Miles – 1231.6 miles Monthly Total Miles for 2015 January – 78.8 miles February – 72.85 miles March – 115.3 miles April – 76.3 miles May – 97.4 miles June – 131.15 miles July – 101.65 miles August – 110.2 miles September – 115.69 miles October – 164.7 miles
November – 148.95 miles December – 24.6 miles