Who is Chris Scotch
Chris Scotch is not a runner.
In fact, I had despised running the first 32 years of my life. But in June 0f 2010 something changed and not only did I no longer dread running, I actually looked forward to running. The story unfolds as such:
In July of 2009 I decided to try and run a marathon, which I did, completing the Twin Cities Marathon in October of 2009. Clearly bitten by the running bug at this point, I decided at Mile 20 of TCM to also run the California International Marathon (Sacramento) in December of 2009.
I returned from Sacramento exhausted and drained, but also with lessons learned. I took a couple of months off from running, turning to recovery via the pizza and beer diet. I recharged and although I still did not consider myself a runner, decided to run two marathons in 2010, Grandma’s in Duluth and Twin Cities again. My wonderful Aunt Mari caught wind of my plans and suggested I think about running the marathons as a St. Jude Hero (Aunt Mari organized the Valentine’s Day event at which I heard Katelyn Atwell speak about her journey through life with cancer and the wonderful things St. Jude was able to do for her and her family). The idea to get involved with St. Jude, on behalf of Katelyn, had been percolating in my head for a year now, and this seemed like a great way to get involved. As I started putting things together, I felt a desire to create an ongoing campaign with the hope that I could raise more money and awareness than a “one and done” approach might yield.
In addition to raising funds and awareness for St. Jude, I wanted to use the experience as an opportunity to challenge myself, to “step outside of my box” and into the unknown. I was not a runner, I didn’t know if my body and mind would be able to take the abuse; I knew nothing about fund raising or social media as an avenue to spread my campaign, and I had no idea if I could make an impact.
Despite all of the unknowns, I felt a passion for this campaign which has continued to evolve and deepen. Katelyn was and continues to be my inspiration. It is her inspiration that has allowed me to meet wonderful new people, discover new things about myself and more fully experience joy on my own journey in life.