Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Heat was On!

June 6th & 7th brought scorching temperatures for the inaugural Urban Adventure 100 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Runner’s World Tulsa held the multi distance race the first weekend of June. Runner’s had the option to run 25 miles (one loop), 50 miles (2 loops), 75 miles (3 loops) or a full 100 miles (4 loops) of a course that wound through many parts of Tulsa. 

The morning started with all of the runner’s excited, with many running their first ultra. As it had been fairly cool the weeks preceding the race, all of us were unsure how we were going to deal with the heat. It was predicted to get close to 100 °F during the day! Aid stations were set to be at various Quik Trips along the course with RunnerWorld the main aid station for the start & finish of each loop & the race as a whole.

The energy was high during the first loop of the course. All of us were fairly close together however the group spread out fairly quickly.


Without fail, temperatures rose fast & the sun was relentless. It took it’s tole on many runners as many of us dropped down to a shorter distance.

Know No Boundaries was no different. Despite our preparedness & drive to finish the 100 miles that we committed to, the roasting temperatures were enough to make us drop after 34 miles.

Needless to say, the high temperatures did not deter all of the runners to drop or changes distances.
Approximately 11 of the 31 runners who signed up for the 100 mile distance fought the elements to complete the full distance. THEY were the ones who were able to claim the coveted 100 mile belt buckle.

Well, although the buckle eluded us this time, we are committed to get the proverbial “monkey” off our our back in anther 100 miler later this year.

God is good & He will bring us through in another race.

Know No Boundaries is also going to attempt to run the Polar Bear Marathon this November in Churchill, Manitoba Canada this year as we had to pull out at the last moment last year. The funds raised will  help the community of Churchill, a remote community in the far North of Manitoba, Canada.

Stay tuned.


God Bless.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Runner’s World Tulsa’s Urban Adventure 100

We have our next adventure on our sights! It will be the Runner’s World Tulsa’s Urban Adventure 100 scheduled for June 6-7, 2015 here in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Although all of the details have not been worked out yet, the recipient of our fundraising will be a local woman who HAS & IS undergoing tremendous mental, emotional & spiritual struggles. Struggles that one would find almost impossible to comprehend. She has reached a “boundary within herself that most definitely is in need of assistance. As our relationship with this woman grows, we will try to share what we can so that YOU, those from whom we need your spiritual & financial help; can better understand this loving soul for who we are helping.

Due to the seriousness of her needs & the complexity of the situation, we will not be able to post any photos of her nor use her name. Our financial goal for this fundraising event is $4,000. The monies raised will go towards helping this loving & innocent soul & her counseling/therapy/medical expenses.

You will have to know & trust that we here at Know No Boundaries are centered on serving God & God’s people and that it would not only be against our mission as a foundation, but against God’s commandment to us to care for His people.
Pray for us that our fundraising is successful.

Stay tuned & God Bless You.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Rocky Raccoon 100 - Race Report

What BEAUTIFUL weather greeted us the morning of January 31st at Huntsville State Park in Huntsville, TX. It was dark & in the 40’s at the start as many friends from Tulsa (Runner’s World Tulsa) went down. Jason Bement & I had a quick pre-race photo as the his beard will be gone after he crosses the finish line February 1st.

Know No Boundaries was running this for Baby Henry Bell who was born in August 2014 pre-mature &  weighing only ONE lb. 12 oz! This would be our 4th 100 mile finish.

Although rain was predicted, constant prayers during the race & faith met with success as it only sprinkled a bit during the night.

The RR100 course was absolutely beautiful however it could have had a bit less roots!

Plenty of wooden bridges & winding trail throughout the park provided a perfect environment for prayer &  contemplation and to concentrate on WHO we were running the race for - Baby Henry!




It was to be (5) 20 mile loops to get the 100 mile finisher’s buckle however this race, it would allude us.

Due to many of the rolling hills, lower back spasms would take their toll  having us drop at mile 75.

Disappointed - of course. Do I feel that I let people down - yes.

Although in talking to family & friends about this they say that they ARE NOT disappointed or let down, it is my own internal feelings that I some how, did.

I always run with my heart & know that others are suffering more than I am so this helps me press on. I am SO INSPIRED by others who help us to do what we do at Know No Boundaries.

Well, no time to wallow in any sorrows or disappointments, there are more people who need God’s help & we plan on running more races to help.

Please continue to follow us on Facebook  & go to our website to see “Wuzzup” with us.


God Bless;
Ken (aka K2)





Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Hundred for Henry - Running Rocky Raccoon 100


Henry Douglas Bell was born August 1, 2014 at 24 weeks & 1 day old. He weighed 1 lb. 12 oz. and was 12” long. Henry needs your prayers.
 Although many people have been following & praying for Baby Henry, sharing in the joy as he overcomes challenge after challenge, there are also financial challenges that the family faces; challenges that are not in the forefront of our minds.
 Know No Boundaries has taken on the challenge of running the Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile Endurance Run in Houston on January 31, 2015 in efforts to raise money to help Henry & his family. Our goals, is to get at least 100 people to donate $100. All donations are Tax Deductible as Know No Boundaries is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation. Donations can be made on our website at the top of the Main page; www.knownoboundaries.org. 
The point is that we will be running 1 mile for every dollar donated. 100% of the funds raised will go to help Henry & his family with their financial burden. PLEASE DONATE to help Henry.

Know No Boundaries will be doing all of the work. The donation is the easy part.
Thank you for your support & God Bless you.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Ultra Running & Finding God Within


"1 Kings 19:11 - The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave."

It is the gentle whisper, the still small voice were one finds God. For me; like many; the hustle & bustle of our world make it difficult to hear this gentle whisper. There are so many things that pull & tug us in all different directions that we do not have time to quite ourselves, to have time with our God who is within us always.

Running the popular 5k or 10k race in town may be a time to turn within, but often times it is too short of a time & there are still too many distractions.

When I got in to ultra distance running (I.e. distances longer than the 26.2 mile marathon), I often found myself alone with no other runners around me. As I run at quite a slow pace, most of the other runners are long ahead of me. Since many ultra marathons are run on trails, running alone results in my being out on some long country gravel road or in the forest or out in the prairie for hours on end. To give you some feel for the time aspect, most 100 mile runs have a 30-hour cut off time. This means that I have 30 hours within which to complete the 100-mile run. Most races start early on a Saturday morning; run all day, all through the night & into the next day often finishing around 2:00 PM on Sunday.

It is during the long stretches of running alone at night where this “gentle whisper”, this “small voice” can be heard. THIS is the time when I commune with God & HE with me. No hustle & bustle, no traffic or blaring music, no e-mails to check, just quiet darkness. The crunching of my feet on the ground, the cool night air, the rustle of the leaves in the breeze all work in a symphony to create that perfect environment for God, the Almighty Creator of All, to be heard. When I am running at night, alone, with no other person to talk to, God & I have the most wonderful conversations. HE shows me the real me, allows me to know the Real God.

When I am tired & thinking of giving up, HE encourages me & lets me know that HE is with me & strengthening me every step of the way. HE knows that whatever suffering that I am going through is offered up for others & for the souls in Purgatory. I am aware that my suffering is self-induced, but none-the-less, I still offer it up for others. I am thankful for my ability to do this as my “quiet time with God” is indescribable & intoxicating.

Why do I run ultras you ask?

To spend quality time with My Lord.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Know Thy Limits

Good evening Ruddies (that’s slang for Running Buddies). It is 19 days until the 2014 Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd. A big part of me is stoked, while the other part is apprehensive.

WHY you might ask?

As Know No Boundaries is one to help others “break through” their self set, self limiting boundaries by “walking the walk & talking the talk”, there comes a point when one must look at reality & make a call as to whether not doing something is actually allowing that “boundary" to define our abilities to be, do & become all that God has in store for us or if it is a smart move so that one can live to fight (or in our case run) another day.

If one is well trained, well prepared & ready to do battle with the obstacle in question & STILL does not, then they have allowed that obstacle or boundary to define them.

If on the other hand, they are not prepared or well trained & decide to modify the challenge, obstacle or boundary only to return at a later time to break through & overcome it, then they are approaching things smart.

Such is the case with the 2014 Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd. Not having had the chance to train properly & get in the necessary long runs. It would be a bad decision to attempt to complete a 100 mile run way undertrained.

We have decided to approach this like one would approach any monumental task - - One step at a time. Instead of the 100 mile distance, Know No Boundaries has decided to cut back to the 100K. For one, it is a smart move; and as we also have the Polar Bear Marathon in Churchill;, Manitoba Canada in November, it is best to run smart.

The 100 mile “boundary” has been broken three times already in the past, so it is not something that we have not done before. It is just something that should not happen now.

Many times one needs to look at the Big Picture & one’s overall long term goal and make adjustments along the way.

Stay tuned for race updates from the 214 PHH as well as previews for the 2014 Polar Bear Marathon.

And as was mentioned in our last post, we are still short of our fundraising goals by about $1500 so if the Holy Spirit moves you, PLEASE consider making a Tax Deductible donation to Know No Boundaries (www.knownoboundaries.org).

Until next time - - - 
God Bless You 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fall 2014 Events and Fundraising Recipients

Know No Boundaries has partnered with Athletes In Action for our Fall 2014 fundraiser and recipient.
Athletes in Action has been using sports as a platform to help people answer questions of faith and to point them to Jesus. They believe that sports has the power to open doors and create connections in a way that few other things can, and that’s why they are constantly working to create new ways of reaching out to athletes and sports fans alike. Ultimately, their goal is to see peoples’ lives changed as they discover God’s purpose for their life.
This is perfectly in line with the mission of Know No Boundaries. Our goal is to facilitate or be the catalyst to help people "break out" of those self set, self limiting boundaries to achieve this same thing - - to discover & achieve God's purpose for them.
This Fall's recipients for funds are the Aboriginal (needy First Nations Children) of Northern Canada in Churchill, Manitoba. This very remote village has many, many needs due to their remoteness hence their being "bound" by this fact. Additionally, Know No Boundaries will have a chance to minister to the community of Churchill about "breaking through boundaries" and achieving God's plan for them.
The events for this fall are two-fold. The first event is Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd in October. This is a 100 mile run on rural roads in the NortheasternOklahoma town of Tahlequah.
Know No Boundaries successfully ran this in 2013 and will repeat this same feat this fall.
Our second fall event, and the one where we will be ministering to the people of Churchill, Manitoba, is the Polar Bear Marathon in November in Northern, Manitoba, Canada. Proceeds go to help the community of Churchill as mentioned above.
This marathon is an "Invitation Only" marathon limited to 40 runners. Churchill is the "Polar Bear Capital of the World" so runners will be in pairs followed by a crew vehicle with supplies and for safety (it IS bear country you know). Temperatures in Churchill in November can be near -30 Celsius, so it will be a bit "chilly" during the run. This will allow Know No Boundaries to also break some of our own boundaries.
Please keep us in your prayers and consider donating to our cause. Our FUNDRAISING GOAL for both events
All donations are Tax Deductible.

God Bless;
Ken