Running For A Better Oakland

$2,225 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 60 people in 27 months
Rebecca Baumgartner
for Running for a Better Oakland
 OAKLAND, CA

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This winter I'm back on the lake volunteering with Running For A Better Oakland.  The countdown is on, and we have twelve weeks to prepare for this spring's half marathon! Saturday mornings with RBO are truly the highlight of my weekend.  RBO volunteers guide students as they are awakened to the power of endurance, and along they way their tenacity and perseverance replenish our hope for the future.    

Running For A Better Oakland is a non-profit organization that encourages K-12th grade students to develop healthy lifestyles through running.  With the support of run mentors and volunteers, RBO youth set goals, train hard, and build confidence during the program season.  RBO empowers students by promoting the idea that accomplishment is the result of dedication and commitment.  Students carry the skills gained through this experience into all aspects of life, drawing on them both now and in the future.

One factor critical to the organization's success is that the RBO community reflect the greater community of Oakland, and that there are no financial barriers for students to participate.  Your donation will support our efforts to meet this goal.

Your contribution will help provide students with race entry, coaching, running shoes if needed, and energy drinks/nutrition at practice.  RBO would not be successful without the commitment and generosity of volunteers and donors. We can't thank you enough!

Thank you so much for whatever your contribution may be.  I feel very fortunate to be involved with Running For A Better Oakland, and I'm excited to share this inspiring experience with you, regardless of a financial donation.

For more information on RBO check out our website at www.rboakland.org, and feel free to ask me any questions!
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Final practice of the season! Running for a Better Oakland was out in force; we hit the redwood trails this morning, and I was elated that all three of the kids I've run the Oakland Running Festival Half Marathon with these past three years were in attendance. It was a beautiful day in a beautiful location, but that didn't make those hill climbs any easier! Once again, thank you for supporting this empowering organization. See you in the fall!
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Time flies! Our big races were so much fun. I ran the 5K 'with' Jessy, which consisted of him sprinting away from me while I tried as hard as I could to keep up. Then he'd get tired and walk, until he got some spring back in his step, at which point the entire process would repeat. He's six now, and much more interested in running with any other little person than with me! Jessy's 5K time has definitely improved since we ran the 5K cowboy/cowgirl/cowperson race this past fall, though, and I'm sticking with him as long as he'll tolerate me. It's really exciting to see him grow and develop both a person and a runner.

Charlotte completed the 13.1 miles in a somewhat similar fashion, in that there was a lot of sprinting followed by walking. She started fast and strong, but halfway through she kind of psyched herself out. Andrew (her other run mentor) and I dug deep with the encouragement, and ultimately we endured. In all honesty, I think that between the three of us, I had the most fun. Charlotte wanted to be done, Andrew wanted to go faster, and I would have been happy to run with the two of them all day long!

It's interesting how distance running, like most challenging endeavors, is really quite mental. Beyond training, aptitude, or even natural talent, how we approach adversity has a lot to do with believing in ourselves, staying positive, and convincing our minds that the end result is worth the struggle we encounter along the way. And that's why I love Running for a Better Oakland! It's difficult to 'teach' grit and tenacity...you can't just lecture about it, and even if you model it, it doesn't really stick without the lived experience of pushing through pain and discomfort to reach a goal or reward. That's what RBO offers our student athletes: a safe, healthy opportunity to engage with (literally) miles of adversity. But the result, if the kids persist, is the unparalleled sweet relief of earned success.

Thank you for all of your love and support this season! Thank you for believing in us. You are a part of something great, and we couldn't be more grateful.
Jessy
Charlotte
Go Team!
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'Keep running the race that is set before you with endurance.' Hebrews 12:1

13.1 is happening!!! This week my lil mentee and her (other) mentor Andrew left me in the dust. Charlotte was racing her twin brother Jack, and she gave our six mile taper everything she had. As the RBO students persevere to the finish line, I'm reminded of what is accomplished by those with strength of heart and mind who push through exhaustion and endure. This Sunday's 5K and half marathon will be an adventure, and I'm so thankful for the support and friendship of everyone who has helped us along the way. Gracias to some of the fiercest, most giving women I know, including Lauren, Tina, Sharon, Natalya, and Diane. You keep me believing. And to all the fighters tired of fighting, thank you for not giving up.
the sky is the limit
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'May my heart be brave, my mind fierce, and my spirit free'
Today I'm three laps/ nine miles closer to clarity. Charlotte and Andrew let me tag along with them this morning, and it was a really lovely couple of hours. I've been stumbling a bit recently, and sometimes it feels like I've lost my way. Leaning into love always helps, and the therapeutic qualities of exercise are no joke! Today was an unexpected spot of bliss, for which I am grateful. The Oakland Running Festival is two weeks from tomorrow, and I have a feeling it's going to be a blast. Hooray for hope! Big thanks to everyone for your continued support. To my sweet friends Sharon, Erin, Erich, Jen, Ryan, Kathy, Jim, Liz, Tyson, Christine, Sarah, Bobby, Sharmaine, and Rob, your contributions are so appreciated. Thank you for cheering us on! Especially when life gets blurry, it is friends and family who help adjust the focus. I am blessed beyond measure to have so many beautiful souls on my team.
Jesse lost a tooth since last we ran! (Five, actually)
Charlotte is ready for 13.1!
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$2,225 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 60 people in 27 months
Created February 14, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Running for a Better Oakland
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Piedmont, CA
EIN: 273509778
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$25
Brooke Crenshaw
1 month ago

Always amazing, Bec!!!!

MD
$25
Mom Dad
2 months ago

So proud of your commitment to this great cause Becca!

SL
$25
Sharon Lupo
2 months ago

You are an amazing woman Rebecca!! xoxo

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Sharmaine Moody
3 months ago

Great cause! Thank you for your dedication to the kids!

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