Helping Kids Make Good Choices

$1,600 of $10k goal

Raised by 34 people in 25 months
John Radich  GLENDALE, CA
Hello and thank you for your time and interest with my gofundme web page.  Will all have our passions in life, mine is that I run ultra marathons ( any race over 26 miles is considered an ultra marathon, 50km being the recognized distance).  This July 28th I am running my 14th Badwater 135 mile ultra marathon. 'Billed as one of the world's toughest foot races'. Starting at -282 feet below sea level in Death Valley California, 'officially 'recognized by the International Weather Service as the hottest place on earth. The Badwater (badwater.com)race is internationally acclaimed and followed worldwide. 85 ultra marathoners are pre-selected on an invitional basis only.

Recently the ran the Bandit 50km trail race which is ran along the rocky, hard scrambling trails in the Santa Susana mountains above Simi Valley, California. The course was quite challenging with steeps climbs and descents, attracting all levels of trail runners, including the very elite. The rocky course demanded your full concentration, scrapes and falls, ankle sprains are common on the rocky course,  earning you're "badge of honor". I tripped once, lucky for me it was on soft dirt, no damage done. Temperturein the mid 80's making it warm for a trail race in February. My goal was to finish in  6 hours, not close that day, finished in 8hours, 3rd in my age div. You meet very amazing trail runners and they inspire you, despite  not having your best race, you give it your best, you hang tough, suck it up and embrace the finish line. I love this sport!
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Update 6
Posted by John Radich
1 month ago
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Hello friends! Thank you all for your past support with last years Badwater 135. Your contributions are greatly appreciated. I have been pre-selected to run the Badwater 135 mile race the July 10th 2017, 'Billed as the Worlds Toughest Footrace'.
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Posted by John Radich
1 month ago
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Thank you all for your past support with last years Badwater 2016. Your contributions are greatly appreciated which are successfully helping youth make good choices in our dangerous environment. Drugs, gangs, intolerance and cyber bullying all are an threat to our youth. I proudly have supported The Way Happiness since 1989. TWTH is a 501c non-profit organization based in Glendale, CA. TWTH successfully works with police groups, Boys and Girls clubs, youth groups in trouble areas of East/ Los Angeles, Compton and surrounding counties of Southern, California.. TWTH is based on solely restoring commons sense values applying to all creeds, cultures and beliefs.
Last year's Badwater 2016 unfortunately was not successful for me having to stop with severe stomach issues at 77 miles. Having been selected once to run Badwater 135 this July 10th 2017 and being fully determined and motivated to successfully reach the finish! 'Billed as the 'World's Toughest Foot Race', Badwater starts at the Badwater basin 280 feet below sea level, covering three mountain ranges, running through Death Valley National Park, one of the hottest environments on earth, temperatures reaching over 115 degrees. 100 pre-selected athletes from 24 countries and 23 states competing against one another among the harsh elements; sleep deprivation, blasting sand storms, blisters, nausea, having 48 hours to complete 135 miles earning the 'coveted' Badwater belt buckle and the earning 'Badge of Honor and Respect. Badwater finishes at the Mt Whitney trail head at 8,100 feet. This will be my 15th Badwater. The training and preparation is great. Each runner has their own support crew team and vehicle. From my previous experiences as an ultra marathoner, Western States, Angeles Crest 100, numerous multi-day races, including trans European runs and running across America, Badwater for me is the most intense race of it's kind that I have competed in with the 'tight' 48 hour time limit and extreme conditions. I will summit Mt Whitney at 14, 492 feet the following day. Thank you all for your wonderful support! Striding on, John 'JR' Radich
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Posted by John Radich
10 months ago
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Hello Friends! I just recently competed in Douglas, Arizona 6 Day Ultra Marathon race with 322 miles ran, 2nd place runner with 308 miles, winning my 8th Douglas, Arizona 6 day, 'all good training' for the July 18th, 2016 Badwater 135 mile Ultra Marathon across Death Valley, CA, one of the world's hottest deserts, with blistering temperatures over 110 degrees! Badwater is Billed as one of the toughest footraces' on earth. Badwater.com Receiving international media coverage. 90 seasoned runners from all over the world, by invitation only, have 48 hours to complete the grueling 135 miles earning the 'coveted' Badwater belt buckle and recognition. Starting at -282 feet below sea level, traversing three major mountain ranges, finishing 135 miles later 11 miles below Mt Whitney in the Eastern Sierras at 8,100 feet. It will be my 15th Badwater race, an honor and privilege being part of such a great event such as Badwater. Thank you for your support with The Way to Happiness twth.int campaigns locally and nationally and for being a 'TWTH Ultra Hero', helping Youth Make Good Choices without drugs, gangs, bullying ( cyber bullying included) intolerance and a declining common sense values in our society. Kids are our future we all can agree!
Striding on, John Radich
Monrovia, CA
Note: I have run numerous ultra marathons across America and overseas, including running across America and Europe, Badwater is one of the most intense, grueling races that I have run-- without question! JR
Running Badwater! I am in the 'white suite'.
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Update 3
Posted by John Radich
23 months ago
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I ran the Wild Wild West 50km race this weekend out of Lone Pine, CA. It was spectacular trail running through the majestic Alabama Hills and towering Mt Whitney above us. Heat, wind blasts, rattle snakes, made for a great day of trail running testing any runners mettle and my Badwater 135 training.Much colorful movie history filmed here, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Ironman, Gladiator, naming a few. I haver been running the WWW race since the 80s, never tiring of the challenge and spectacular vistas. Thank you for supporting my youth character building campaigns with The Way to Happiness Foundation. Kids are our future.
I hung on (despite practically being wind blasted off the trail!) with a time of 6hrs 42 mins. 2nd place age div.
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Tom Burpee
25 months ago

Keep up the great work, John. Thanks for all your hard work and efforts to help our youth through your increbidle running feats.

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$1,600 of $10k goal

Raised by 34 people in 25 months
Created February 13, 2015
JF
$25
Jack Fussell
1 month ago
$300
Frank Mckinney
8 months ago
CB
$100
Curt Buethe
8 months ago
CW
$30
Christiane Wegler
8 months ago
TT
$30
Terry Turner
8 months ago

go John go! thanks for your efforts to make a better world.

JF
$20
Jack Fussell
9 months ago

Wishing you well pal

BG
$20
Ben Gaetos
9 months ago
$25
Marty Buttwinick
9 months ago
BL
$100
Bill Latter
9 months ago

Got get 'em, my Friend.

$20
Blue & Larry Monroe
9 months ago

Go John! You are amazing; thanks for for dedication & help you provide. :o)

Tom Burpee
25 months ago

Keep up the great work, John. Thanks for all your hard work and efforts to help our youth through your increbidle running feats.

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