G'S 37 FOR 37 BIRTHDAY RUN/HIKE!

I'm about to start my 37th turn around the sun! Celebrating a new year of life and health with a mile for each year to honor my truths and to honor organizations that work hard towards making the world a better place. 

Join me in spirit and in sharing some love on Valentine's Day as I run/hike 37 mi (turned out to be 40 miles total when finished) in Portland,OR via the Wildwood Trail (30.2 mi) and the city (7 mi) and support some wonderful organizations along the way!

My truths: 1) Women are the largest untapped resource in the WORLD! 2) Violence against women is a global phenomenon that must end (1 in 3 women will experience violence globally)! 3) Adventure changes lives, I know this because it changed mine!

10 years ago I could barely run a mile as I was training for big mountains, so it's also a celebration of how we can transform our lives one step at a time. 

SHARE SOME LOVE ON VALENTINE'S DAY AND SUPPORT 1 OR MORE OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS!

 
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INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS

Throughout the world, violence against women is a pervasive public health and human rights issue, affecting the physical and mental health of women and girls and tearing families and communities apart. Worldwide, one in three women have been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some way, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The toll is enormous, costing billions of dollars in social, judicial, and health costs, in addition to lost productivity and wages.

International Medical Corps integrates innovative strategies into its core programs to address gender-based violence (GBV), which is defined as actual or threatened physical, sexual, and psychological violence that occurs either within the family or in the broader community. We take a holistic approach to all of our GBV programs so that we not only treat the physical and psychological aftermath of abuse, but also prevent future cases through community education and outreach.

International Medical Corps has conducted successful programs to prevent and respond to GBV in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Russia. These programs are implemented in areas of armed conflict and post-conflict, as part of more stable community-based development and capacity-building projects, and as a component of integrated health programs related to HIV/AIDS, nutrition or reproductive health.

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VDAY
 

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls*. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.

V-DAY also founded City of Joy. 

The City of Joy is a transformational leadership community for women survivors of violence, located in Bukavu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  Conceived, owned, and run by local Congolese, the City of Joy has flourished since it first opened its doors in June 2011, healing women from their past trauma through therapy and life skills programming while providing them with the essential ingredients needed to move forward in life – love and community.

Serving 90 survivors of gender violence aged 18 to 30 at a time, City of Joy is now in its 7th year of operation and has graduated 1028 women leaders in twelve classes.

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BIG CITY MOUNTAINEERS

Big City Mountaineers transforms the lives of under-served youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills. We partner with community-based youth organizations and caring adult volunteers who act as mentors in the field to help young people realize their potential. Our curriculum improves self-esteem, responsibility, decision-making abilities and communication skills in close to 1,000 youth annually.

BCM has a proven track record of improving young peoples’ lives with:
• Increased likeliness to stay in school
• Reduction in violence
• Reduction in drug use

Every contribution helps under-resourced kids develop the skills and perspective needed to navigate life’s challenges.

 
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DETAILS ON THE 37 MILES OF RUNNING AND HIKING ABOUT TO HAPPEN! 
 

I've never been one to shy away from crazy goals....so here we go! I used to live in Portland, twice actually! I've hiked and ran parts of the Wildwood Trail, but never in it's entirety of 30.2 miles, or added another 7 miles of distance on top of that. Since I am here for a short stay and working, I couldn't think of a better way to bring in a new year of life than by doing a physical challenge and doing it for good causes on my birthday. I plan to start running to the trailhead from somewhere in Portland EARLY on Wednesday morning, Feb. 14, 2018. The trail covers 30.2 miles with a Net Elevation gain of 2,800.00 ft (853.44 m). Photo of trail route below. The other 7 miles will be getting to and from the trailhead in Portland. Not sure how long it will take me, but I told friends to meet me for beers by 7 PM so better not be longer than that! 

In case you are wondering....no I have not been training for this! I've spent most of my past 4 months doing yoga and hikes while on the road. I am a very active person and always training for bigger expeditions and so I like to think I keep myself in strong mental and physical shape no matter what. This will be a mental game no doubt! The last time I ran a long distance like this was over a series of Half Marathons (13.1 mi) Summer 2017 and for the San Francisco Marathon 2016 (26.2 mi).

Besides my mountain adventures, other long distance runs include: The North Face Endurance Challenge 20015, 2016 (10K), Berkley Half Marathon 2015 (13.1 mi), Big Sur Half Marathon 2013 (13.1 mi), US Half Marathon (13.1 mi) 2010, 2012, 2015, Big Sur Marathon (26.2) 2009, Rim2Rim2Rim Grand Canyon in 19 hours (48 mi) 2008. 

Excited for the challenge and I hope you will join me in sharing some love on Valentine's Day with organizations whose work inspires me everyday and are near and dear to my heart. All donations go directly to these organizations and links are above. Funds will be collected via CrowdRise.

The past 10 years for me have been full of so much personal transformation and so this challenges honors that journey as well and to remember to always dream big and know anything is possible if we believe. 

Thanks for your love and support!!! xoxo

G

POST RUN PHOTOS- TURNED OUT TO BE 40 MILES!