I have pursued this sport after college through the ups and downs. I've failed many times, and I have found success as well, and now I am here on the doorstep of the Olympic Trials in the Marathon. I want to do my best in this race to represent Minnesota, Minnesota Distance Elite, and my family, friends and supporters over the years. There is no way I would be here without your support over the long-term.
I grew up in Minnesota and found the sport of distance running in high school while at Cretin-Derham Hall. The sport has helped propel me through life and enabled me to attain an education at Loyola Chicago and many lifelong friends. It has also taught me hard lessons and the process of reaching the heights of human achievement. I'm here to do my best on the athletic stage and I hope to inspire you to reach for your best in life.
I will use the funds to help me pursue consistent and optimal training in the important weeks leading up to the Olympic Trials, namely January and February. It can be difficult to hold multiple jobs and still train at the highest possible level. Your support would enable me to have a sole focus during the buildup months to the Trials, when I am less able to make a sustainable income. Your vote of support will also inspire me and help me give the extra effort as I know you are making a personal financial sacrifice to enable me to pursue a dream. Thank you for your consideration.