250 Mile Madness!

I've never done anything like this before. I'm still trying to tell myself its ok to ask for help. This goes for the whole journey that I have a desire to embark on.  250 miles may seem like an impossible distance to some and to others may seem like a walk in the park compared to what the mileage could be. To me it's not about the mileage it's about the journey.
I started running in 2012 when I first moved to Tucson, AZ from Illinois. Luckily I found running because i'm not sure where I would be now if i didn't have the release of running trails. When I found running I was at a pretty low point in my life. I was depressed and alone in a new state with no family. I hurt people I loved and was hurting myself. I was drinking non stop and having fun with a lot of different types of drugs.
I remember the moment I knew something had to change. My exact words out of my mouth that day were " I need to run now or something bad is going to happen". I knew the more I ran the less I smoked cigarettes, the less I drank and did drugs and the more I took care of my body.      
My first major race of any kind was an attempt at a 100 Mile race. Javelina Jundred to be exact. A fun halloween race in the exposed desert around Phoenix Arizona. I never even ran a marathon before that and I decided to go for the whole hundo. I thought a marathon sounded boring. I made it approximately 66 miles before I pulled out. It took me four attempts at a 100 mile race before actually finishing one. Part of me believes I chose to run those crazy distances without training was because It gave me a reason to bawl my eyes out without seeming weak. After a handful of races I started to notice that I didn’t want to cry anymore but I wanted to growl and sing!! I started to recognize myself dancing with the trails. I also started to realize I had some talent! I was starting to see a part of myself that I hadn't seen in years, my competitive and silly side, part of me that I deeply missed. Putting myself in front of a challenge like an ultra marathon made me realize I can do anything in my life.
 I have finished a small handful of 100 mile races and now it's time to up my game. A 250 Mile point to point race in Central  Arizona seems like a good idea to me. A race beginning in Black Canyon City, AZ running through Crown King, Prescott, Sedona and finishing up in Flagstaff, AZ.
This is more than a race, It's more than a hobby. It's what keeps me going in life. Running keeps me motivated to take care of myself and to be a better person. Ultra Marathons aren't cheap. This is why i'm asking for help on this one. I am only asking for help with the registration fee. There are multiple other expenses that will be needed but I have a year to prepare for those. Thank you for hearing my story and I greatly appreciate your time and consideration.


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Erin Dial 
Tucson, AZ
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