A Marathon for Miniwanca!

$3,846 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 79 people in 64 months
Shane Hinde
for American Youth Foundation (Ayf)
On October 20th, 2013, I am running the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon. I've been tossing around the idea of running 26.2 miles for a few years but recently committed myself to this goal. I've been training for a few months and feel pretty great despite constantly stiff legs and an insatiable appetite (I won't lie, I'm truly enjoying non-stop eating). I, however, am not content running this marathon just to fulfill a personal goal. Hence, I present "A Marathon for Miniwanca"

I am running this marathon to raise money to send kids to the American Youth Foundation's Camp Miniwanca. The AYF is a nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to "inspire people to discover and develop their personal best, to seek balance in mental, physical, social and spiritual living and to make a positive difference in their communities and in the wider world." The organization fulfills its mission through programming at Camp Merrowvista in the the mountains of New Hampshire and at my beloved Camp Miniwanca on Michigan's beautiful coastline.

The stunning Camp Miniwanca sunset over Lake Michigan.

I first attended Camp Miniwanca in 2004 as a participant at the AYF's National Leadership Conference, a week-long teen leadership camp. That week has proven to be one of the most empowering, influential experiences of my life. Being surrounded by a truly inclusive, positive community of mentors and peers was monumental in uncovering my unique identity and gaining the confidence to be that person. Located on Michigan's beautiful west coast, the camp offered the opportunity to both challenge myself and relax amongst good people in a gorgeous setting. I formed many friendships during that week that remain to this day.

The 2011 Leaders-In-Training, Sean, and myself.

Since that incredible first week, I have returned to Miniwanca as a participant, staff member, or volunteer every year. In my varying roles at the camp's numerous programs, I've seen kids of all ages have similar experiences developing those amazingly close friendships, discovering a bit more about themselves, and thriving in the joy that is camp. Taking part in such community and witnessing such moments is continually inspiring and I'd like to spread the "Miniwanca Magic" with others.

My goal is to raise $2,500 for camper scholarships at Camp Miniwanca. I'm incredibly grateful for all I've gained from camp and I am hoping to enable others to have their own MIniwanca journey! There is a quote by W.H. Danforth that runs around the camp - "One enkindled spirit can set hundreds on fire." I'm hoping you will help me on my quest to make some sparks.

I truly appreciate any support and donations. I'm looking forwarding to writing some thank you notes, telling hilarious stories of my mile 22 misery, and sharing my climbing/belaying skills with some donors!

Thanks and be well,
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20 Miles Completed!

I just completed the last long run of my training. I cruised through the run holding a steady 8:15 pace. Though a bit achy, I had a decent amount of energy left at the end. 26 miles seems totally doable after today's stellar run = I'm officially starting to feel hyped up for the race!

With 18 days left until the race, I've decided to bump up my online fundraising goal to $3,500. Everyone's generosity is both humbling and inspiring! I reached $2,500 far faster than anticipated thanks to this support. Feeding off the energy of a solid 20-miler and my stellar friends/family, I simply want to go even farther with this fundraiser and get more kids to camp!

Thanks and be well!

p.s. GO TRIBE!
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Including a handful of inperson donations, over $3,000 has been raised in 18 days!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has donated thus far. I'm humbled, grateful, and slightly overwhelmed at the inflow of support.

Race day is still over 3 weeks away. I'm going to keep raising money as I finish up my training and complete my 26.2 miles. That 5K is looking mighty tempting........
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$3,846 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 79 people in 64 months
Created September 6, 2013
Funds raised will benefit:
American Youth Foundation (Ayf)
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62 months ago
Jan Strube
62 months ago

How how! Great project! Have fun!

Autumn Beechler
62 months ago

Run, Shane, Run!

Julie Hughes
62 months ago

Hello my friend. What you are doing is absolutely stupendous. Thinking you may have inspired me to do something similar. Let's catch up soon, eh? Wanca love ya forever. Julie

Cleveland Rock Gym
62 months ago

Run like you stole something

Shannon and Justin Parks
62 months ago

We are so proud of you Shane! Love Justin, Shannon and Cameron

Amanda Hoeffken
62 months ago

So many amazing memories at camp!! Thanks for the amazing work you have done to help future generations enjoy Miniwanca! Happy running!

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