Running has torn down the awkwardness and created a platform for me to talk freely about my faith. It is my hope that these stories will help draw you closer to our creator – through whom we all have the strength to move mountains.
God has given me a body built for endurance. Over the years, I have run a few races and met many wonderful and interesting people. These posts contain my stories. You do not need to be a runner to relate to these events. We are all running the race of life. We all have our peaks and valleys that we have to climb and descend.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
We now have a 9 person crew coming to VT. We plan on posting updates via Twitter during the race if you are interested. You can follow along through the link at the top of the right side of the blog or via http://twitter.com/dexterpunisher
One of the guys from my crew (Travis Liles) interviewed me last week regarding the upcoming race. If you are interested you can check it out here: http://runtheultras.com/
Regarding our fundraising goal for the Free Wheelchair Mission, to date together we have raised enough funds to donate nearly 70 wheelchairs ($4,126.40). That's 70 lives that have changed because of your generosity. Thank you!
As I stated in the interview with Travis, we may not hit the 200 wheelchair goal by next week but we will hit the goal of running 200 miles through the Green Mountains of Vermont next week.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Why "The Punisher"? - Endurance Planet Interview (Lisa Smith-Batchen, Sam Thompson, and Ryan Dexter)
Sam was the first to run 50 marathons (actually 51) in 50 states in 50 days. Sam did this to help raise funds for Katrina relief.
Lisa has done and just started another amazing feat (50 miles in 50 states). She is running to raise funds for orphaned children.
You can listen online or download it at: www.enduranceplanet.com/the-endurance-planet-hour-11
From http://www.enduranceplanet.com/: "This week's Endurance Planet Hour focuses on 3 unsung heroes of the endurance sports world. Who are these heroes? Well, there's "Dexter the Punisher" aka Ryan Dexter. There's "Sam the Unseen" aka Sam Thompson. And there's "The Amazing Lisa" aka Lisa Smith-Batchen. Superheroes? I'll leave that up to you to decide. But, without question, they are people who are quietly achieving great things."
I am completely humbled to be a part of the stories from these "heroes".
McNaughton Park in Vermont 200 Mile Trail Run is only 2 weeks away! (www.peakraces.com/mcnaughton).
If you have wondered why the nickname "The Punisher" - you will have to listen to find out.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
56 Wheelchairs Have Been Donated So Far ($3,316.80 Raised to Date for the 200 Miles for 200 Wheelchairs Fundraiser)
3 Ways to donate:
1) You can donate securely online at: http://fwm.kintera.org/dexterthepunisher
2) You can click here to print out a donation form and mail it along with a check payable to Free Wheelchair Mission to:
Free Wheelchair Mission
P.O. Box 513538
Los Angeles, CA 90051-3538 or Fax to: 949-273-8471
3) Call and donate over the phone: 949-273-8470 (Monday thru Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST)
Please make sure you include the following if using options 2) or 3) so your donation can count toward our 200 wheelchair goal:
Event ID#: 249777
Event Name: Ambassadors for Mobility (200 Miles - 200 Wheelchairs)
Name: RYAN DEXTER
Participant ID#: 285865496
Monday, April 12, 2010
My friend Travis Liles (who will be part of my crew in Vermont during next month's race) drove up to visit with me a run the 50K. Travis ended up finishing 4th with the last 4 10Ks run in negative splits.
I had the pleasure of meeting and running (at least a little while) with an ultrarunning legend - Annette Bednosky. Annette ended up finishing 2nd woman and ran the first marathon in around 3:15 and keep going! I realized right around the marathon mark that I would not be able to maintain and still be able to run this week. Ended up with a 9:15 min/mile pace for the 62 miles.
I have averaged 105.35 miles/week for the last 9 weeks. We will be ready for Vermont in a little over three weeks!
I am humbled by the generosity towards the Free Wheel Chair Mission fundraiser that we are trying to do in conjunction with the McNaughton Park 200 Mile Trail Run May 6 in Vermont (http://fwm.kintera.org/dexterthepunisher).
Our goal is 200 Wheelchairs for the 200 Miles. So far we have raised enough money to donate over 25 wheelchairs to the mission ($1,839.80). Thank you so much! Please help me spread the word on this - it is a great cause and much needed in developing countries. It is sad to think that people are having to crawl around on their hands or wait around for people to carry them everywhere when a wheelchair is available for around $60. Please help me change people's lives!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
So here’s how I became an Ambassador for Free Wheelchair Mission – I’d been thinking about my race and how I could make it into something that would help others. My church (http://www.blackhawkchurch.org) did an offering this Christmas for a charity that sends wheelchairs to people with disabilities living in developing countries. At the time, I didn’t think much about wheelchairs, or how hard it would be to survive without one. It all made sense to me, I put the two together, and now I’m part of the FWM team.
I’ll have a great crew helping me out this May, but the 200 miles we are attempting to run pales in comparison to what many people have to do each and every day of their lives. We’re going to suffer for what, maybe 48 hours? Put that up against a lifetime of pain - there is really no comparison.
Now, this is a race and we are in it to win it, but I am bolder than ever knowing that I’ll be running while raising money for Free Wheelchair Mission. My goal is to WIN, and to raise enough funds for a wheelchair for every mile we are running! That’s 200 miles to run and 200 wheelchairs to raise. I definitely think we can do it. Please help me make a difference, not just in Vermont, but in lives around the world.
Thank you for your consideration. You can donate securely online at: http://fwm.kintera.org/dexterthepunisher