As I related in Part 1 and Part 2, I have set the personal goal of running a half marathon as a participant in the CCFA (Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America*) Team Challenge. Unfortunately my Crohn’s disease apparently hasn’t yet received the emails and SMS notifying it of my new runner status. A series of health issues have made running 13.1 miles in a mere 60 days something of an impossibility.

With regards to my goal, I have not given up. This is merely a schedule change — nothing more. I will overcome my current health setbacks and I will participate in Team Challenge at the ING Miami Half Marathon on January 31, 2009. As I’ve stated previously, I’m intent on giving my all to achieve this goal. And with your support, I will succeed.

There are two bits of good news in all of this. First, I look at this as meaning I have an extra 12 months to get into shape, because I will definitely be running in Team Challenge in January 2009. And second, my wife Priya will be running in this January’s Team Challenge event, raising awareness of Crohn’s and raising much needed research funds.

Priya has been training on a daily basis for about two months now and currently runs over six miles in one stretch. A substantial achievement when you consider that she has never run a marathon before ... or a half marathon ... or even a formal 100 meter dash. I have no doubt she’ll finish and have a great time. And although I won’t be running this time around, I will be in Miami to cheer Priya on. You can keep track of Priya’s progress at www.active.com/donate/MI08WISC/seepriyarun. Please consider showing Priya your support — both financially and in spirit. Your contribution will allow CCFA to continue sponsoring critical research to fight and eventually cure Crohn’s disease.

Read Run for Your Life — Part 1
Read Run for Your Life — Part 2

You can visit Priya’s Team Challenge web page at: www.active.com/donate/MI08WISC/seepriyarun

*The best source for information about Crohn’s disease is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, also known as CCFA. CCFA is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. CCFA recently opened an Information Resource Center that provides accurate, current, disease-related information to the public, health care professionals, and patients and their families. The CCFA Information Resource Center can be reached at: 888.694.8872. The CCFA website is www.ccfa.org.

By Kevin A. Barnes

I am a writer, marketing practitioner and astronomer-in-training. My interests include science, technology and the future of just about everything. You can learn more from my Bio page.

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