One of the reasons our schools enjoy the Boosterthon program so much is the way students take an active role in pairing fitness with helping a good cause, their school. With our team members teaching about choosing fitness, and momentum building for the big Fun Run event, every student is excited about running for their school.
While many of our team members participate in races themselves—5Ks, triathlons, half-marathons, and even marathons—one team member decided to take the role of our students and run a race to raise money for a cause.
Rophe Mason, a member of our South Florida team, is training for her very-first marathon, a Fun Run so-to-speak, where every mile, instead of every lap, raises money for a good cause—clean drinking water for a village in Ethiopia.
We asked Rophe to explain why she is running and how we can all help!
Which race are you running, and why are you training for a marathon?
I’m running the ING Miami Marathon on January 27, 2013. A marathon is something I’ve always seen as a challenge. I want to do it to show myself and others that you can do anything you put your mind to. It just takes hard work and dedication!
Tell us about the cause you're running for.
When I started to train I wanted to do more than run 26.2 miles. I wanted to make a difference. Boosterthon encourages students to earn pledges to help their school, so I thought it would be cool to do something similar with my race. I want to help others while running, so I decided to run for a charity. I’m raising money for Charitywater.org because all of the donations go to villages in Ethiopia for clean drinking water. Right now, families have to walk 14 miles a day for water. I’m running so others don’t have to. I’ll also need a lot of clean water to make it through the long race, so I thought this would be a great cause to run for!
How are you training and what has been the most challenging part?
My running partner and I are following the New York Marathon training program. I am running an average of 30 miles a week and will even do three 20-mile runs before the race. The most challenging aspect has been the mental part. I just have to believe that if I follow the training schedule I will be okay. My legs are tired, so it’s a challenge to constantly remind myself to get out there, and that I can do this!
How can we help?
People can help by sponsoring me through mycharitywater.org/musthavewater
all of the proceeds will go straight to Ethiopia. If people can share the website and the cause with their networks that would be great! My goal is to raise $2,600, but I would love to exceed it. Together we can raise awareness and help a village.
Rophe is an Experience Leader for Boosterthon. Previously, she worked for a leadership development company while working on her Masters in Organizational Leadership. Rophe and her husband Paul live in West Palm, FL. Rophe is one of 190 Booster employees who aspire to change the world. Learn more about our team here.
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