Run3rd for others!!!
$65 A Personalized Autographed Sean Astin photo. Choose between a picture from the Ironman Championship Triathlon on October 10th or from one of my films or television shows, (selections subject to availability because some of those films are dang old).
$125 Sean Astin Personalized Autographed Goonies 2 Sided Treasure Map Replica (2 Sided, not a Sequel!!!)
$175 Sean Astin Personalized Autographed #45 Notre Dame Football Jersey, like the one pictured on the poster.
$100 Sean Astin Personalized Autographed DVD Box set:The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy
$85 An official #Run3rd Hoodie.
Oh, so ya know... (GoFundMe minimum is $5) And, feel free to just donate, PRETTY PLEASE!!!!!
$5 - $50,000 gets ya a profound and simple Thank You. You have our sincere gratitude on behalf of the students.
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Now for some good info....
Our Innagural #Run3rd5k was held in Mesa, Arizona on April 11, 2015. $10,000 was raised for local after school running programs.
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#Run3rd for [your loved one or cause]
Accordingly, I hope you'll take advantage of some really special Triathlon Specific Rewards as I Live Tweet. It's going to be a dynamic process.
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We have a new cover photo. Here's the story behind the photo.
Kaleb is a very special boy with special needs. Halfway through 5k run along the nicely appointed desert scape surrounding Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Arizona, young Kaleb (9 years old), was running in the wrong direction.
We got to know each other a little before the run, when I was chatting with a bunch of the elementary school students who'd come out to run. He was always the first to raise his hand and his answers were razor sharp and imaginative. In a word, Kaleb was memorable. I did not however, expect to see him running the wrong way, well over a mile into the race. He had to have run the 1st mile in under 8 minutes.
"What's wrong Kaleb?" I am terrible with remembering people's names, but for some reason, not with his.
Through tears and a little genuine panic, he replied "My heart feels like its going to explode." I'm not sure where he thought he was going for help. If he retraced his steps exactly, it would be maybe 9 minutes back to the water station. He wasn't in analytical mode though, he was a little kid, whose native confidence and fearlessness drove him into this tough spot.
Full disclosure, Kaleb was not the only person to fail to heed my pre-race warning about not starting out too fast. Once again, I broke my own rule and hit a 8:29 first mile. Too quick for me these days.
So there we are, Kaleb and me, stopped on the 3.1 mile track catching our breath. A hard lesson I've learned too many times. But, the kid was providing me cover to take a 30 second reset, so under the guise of responsible grown up behavior, I snuck in a few deep cleansers. I don't think anyone saw.
Reassured that the Run3rd man from that movie was standing with him and talking to him, Kaleb stopped looking around feverishly for someone, anyone that wasn't me. Don't let me overhype it, people were passing us and wishing us well, no drama, just a scene played out on 5k routes all over the world. I don't have a son, but if I did, this would be one of those unforgettable, indelible memories.
"Let's do this together," I say, turning and starting back up. Not a slave to the power of suggestion, Kaleb considered and consented. Off we went. After a minute or two of trying to gauge what the heck we were gonna be able to pull off here, I rotated my wrist, fired up my Garmin satellite watch and set off on a the walk/run, "Ok Buddy, we're gonna run 30 seconds and then walk 30 seconds, does that sound ok? Can we do that?"
Not a quick answer. Again, through delivery room sized heaving, he evaluated the question. It became clear to me once again, that if people who don't have special needs took a page out of Kaleb's playbook, this ol' world would probably be in even better shape.
"Ok. Yes. We can," he said, and that's it. That became our pattern for the next 1.5 miles. The books all say that you should be able to carry on a light chit chat as you run. I never can, until today. Here's how some of it sounded…
Kaleb: Wouldn't it be great if a Robot could run instead of us?
Sean: Yeah, then the Robot would get the medal
Sean: Do you think Robots want to win medals?
Kaleb: I don't know.
Kaleb: My feet hurt. Why do they have to make a 5k so long? You know what would be great? If they had hover boards. Wouldn't that be great?
Sean: That would be awesome. You know what I would do if they had real hover boards that really worked?
Sean: Ok buddy, let's pick it up. We gotta earn those walks. It's gonna take way too long if we trot. No no no, don't sprint, just a.... perfect, we can hold this pace right?
Kaleb: (totally in the running groove now) Yeah.
Sean: I would take my hover board and ride it from my house to the stadium. Then I'd get off of it and run the race. Because, I love running.
Kaleb: You know what I'd do If they made a real hover board?
Sean: What big guy?
Kaleb: I'd ride it right now.
Kaleb: Yeah, I'd right it right now, until my feet stopped hurting and then I'd run again.
It went on like this until we stepped off of the pavement and onto the track within sight of the Finish Arch.
Well, guess what? It turns out that Kaleb has that same thing that all real runners have, a burning fire in the belly to blaze across the finish line and obliterate any competition crazy enough to stand between us and glory.
Kaleb lowered the boom, dropped the hammer, hit the after burners… This special 9 year old boy, who's thinking is as clear as Stephen Hawking and his heart as big as those breathtaking mountains in the distance, finished his last one tenth of a mile in olympic fashion.
I matched him measure or measure, but I'm pretty sure his hand, nose and feet crossed the finish line before me.
Not one to stand on ceremony, Kaleb made a beeline for his Dad I think, but not before I said, "Oh no you don't, we ran this thing together pal, you better look at me for a second.” Bear hug! And he’s off.
That's the moment you see above. I treasure it.
Respectfully and excitedly yours,
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I had made a donation to the Run 3rd campaign a while back and did not receive any info with regards to getting the picture as part of the campaign. Is there someone I can reach out to get info. Thanks,
I would absolutely love an autographed picture and I received an email about getting one, so I sent my info in a reply email. Was that all I needed to do? I wasn't sure! Also, just wondering if things like the signed LOTR DVD box set, #Run3rd hoodie and the Goonies poster are up for bid as well or are we able to donate again for these fabulous prizes?! You should have an online store linked up to the GoFundMe account! I'd buy/donate for one of each! :) Love what you're doing!! Thank you for running 3rd!! ♥