Monday, April 16, 2012


The Carmel Half Marathon in Carmel, Indiana will be my 4th half marathon in my 2012run12 campaign to Run4NF and raise awareness and money for Neurofibromatosis (NF).  I’m really looking forward to the Carmel Half Marathon race for many reasons. 

The Carmel Half Marathon could be the race for me to set a new PR (Personal Record) and with Mother Nature working hard in favor of the runners, it just might happen.  As of today, it looks like the temperature will be about 48 degrees at the start of the race, and in my opinion that’s just about perfect.  Carmel, Indiana is one of the fastest growing cities in Indiana and in 2010 it was voted #14 in Money magazine’s “Best Places to Live”.  The half marathon course boost picturesque views the country, park trails and neighborhoods.  When you put that all together, you have the reasons why I am looking forward to a great race and being a part of the community on race day.

When we were mapping out our plans for 2012run12, there were almost 40 half marathons to choose from throughout the state of Indiana.  It was the community of Carmel, Indiana that seemed very appealing and was the reason we chose the Carmel Half Marathon.  I am also looking forward to seeing how Carmel has made use of roundabouts instead of stop lights.  Now, I may have a different opinion after experiencing them, but by replacing 78 stoplights with roundabouts certainly has got to save a lot of energy, and for that, Carmel should be applauded.

So far, each of my 2012run12 half marathons has been memorable and when I cross that finish line at the Carmel Half Marathon and I am given my medal, it will be a reminder of just how fortunate I am just to be able to Run4NFNeurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that affects 1 in 2500 births.  Neurofibromatosis does not have a big name spokesperson or a big budget.  Its goal is to support families with Neurofibromatosis, create awareness, improve treatments and promote research.

I became aware of Neurofibromatosis, because John, a former student of mine has the disorder.  John’s success and determination in facing every day challenges is what has inspired me to choose to Run4NF.

Every donation big or small will make a difference.  If you are interested in supporting my campaign to Run4NF to raise awareness and money for Neurofibromatosis, please visit my donation page.

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