Katie Spotz set the bar very high with her Row for Water, a solo row (yes, in a row boat) across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness and funds for Blue Planet Run. She helped raise somewhere around $80,000 so Blue Planet Run can provide safe clean drinking water to those around the world who otherwise would go without it.
If you go to my BPR page you can learn a lot about the crisis of water on this planet and what you can do about it. I gave lots of thought to this and did a lot of research. Blue Planet Run has an impeccable reputation and a unique and award winning way to keep track of the funds donated. Yeah, you get to see exactly how they spend the money.
As I watched some video of Katie after she completed her adventure I was more than a little envious. With a family, a full time job as a lifeguard here on Oahu and a business as a personal trainer, there is just no way I could row across the Atlantic or any other ocean. But when I saw how far she rowed - 2817 miles - I got an idea, a crazy idea.
Out of respect to Katie and with a sincere desire to help raise awareness and funds for the many in our world who do not have access to clean, safe drinking water, I will go on various endurance adventures including running, swimming, biking and paddeling around the dramatically beautiful Hawaiian Islands that will total, in miles, 2817 and will complete this challenge before my 51st birthday on March 28, 2011. For all of my efforts I simply ask that you imagine a life without clean water, read some of the info on the website and then make a donation of at least $30 to Blue Planet Run to help toward my $20,000 goal.
This is going to start with my being part of Team Palfrey and helping escort Penny Palfrey on her amazing attempt to swim from Oahu to Kauai. A wild way to get 80 miles closer to my goal
Then on to RACE the SUN 2, start at sunrise and bike ¾ the way around the island and paddle back the last quarter before sunset. Can you believe it? Some people are actually betting against me on this one. You’re going to lose, Dale.
I’m going to need some more ideas for these Race the Sun events. I’ll be doing lots of them. Please send in your suggestions and keep checking back in the days to come to see these lofty ideas get doused in saltwater.