Making it hurt
With Mercy Home in his corner and a new plan of attack, John sought redemption on the Chicago Marathon. In 2013, he achieved his goal of completing the race in less than four hours, cutting 35 minutes off his previous time. Still, something didn’t feel complete.
In fundraising for Mercy Home, John went above and beyond – raising about $6,000. Yet he felt there was more he could do.
Recalling the words of a friend who passed away, John decided to look inside himself and dig deeper. “You’re not giving enough, if it doesn’t hurt,” his friend used to say.
This message stayed with John, and he decided he would not only push his limits physically, but financially as well.
During John’s training, he encountered a pair of runners wearing shirts that said “50 marathons in 50 states”. This planted an idea in his head, but John wanted to take it a step further.
Like the inspiration of 10/10/10 to run his first marathon, John once again decided to motivate himself numerically. He would embark on a journey to run 50 marathons in 50 states, and he would raise $50,000 for Mercy Home as he went.
But as the dollars and miles began to pile up, John felt he needed to push himself further.
“I realized $50,000 is going to be nothing,” he said. “So I raised it to $100,000. And then shortly thereafter, I realized I’m on pace for $250,000. And that’s where the bar is set right now.”
From a simple one-mile run in 2009, John is now on a quest to conquer marathons nationwide while raising crucial funds for the children of Mercy Home. And he has had plenty of memorable moments along the way.