Sunday, July 19, 2015

One Hill of a Challenge

Several years ago (actually 6 years to be exact), a good friend; Ken TZ Childress; & I decided that we would celebrate our July birthdays by doing something crazy related to the number of years of our birth.

We started when we were 50 years old & ran 50 miles, at 52, we did 52 repeats of the Pedestrian Bridge across the Arkansas River. (NOTE: It was great with a nice breeze until the sun got down to where it was beaming down on us below the  bridge covering). Why do I recall that someone stole our pretzels from our make-shift aid station after 6 years?

I believe that at 53, I ran 53 stadium stair repeats. At 54 & 55, I honestly cannot recall. At 56 however, I suggested that we do 56 hill repeats of a nice “hill” along the Creek Turnpike Trail (south of 91st & Hwy 169 just around the curve past the Fairmont Inn). 

The first problem was that I had not run up it beforehand to actually see just how tough it is.

None the less, we got the tent set up & began the climb.

And climb we did. The first assent told me already that this was NOT a good idea.

Oh well!

By the time Ken got there, I already had in 2-3 loops, but TZ did not waist time to start in.

I will say though, that the view from the top was very nice.

“Hello down there! Can anybody hear me?”

TZ & I were not alone as Cameron & Brandon Plate  were zipping up & down the hills like they were nothing. (Oh, to be young again . . . )













Michelle Bates got in her loops as did Jason Bement. My son Michael also came out to get in some repeats to add to his Crossfit training (Note: He did mention at home that his calves were smoked.) He was also nice enough to take a really killer video.

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There was another group of guys there doing their hill repeats as their training for an upcoming hiking trip to Colorado.

All in all, it was ONE HILL OF A CHALLENGE.

And as we say at Know No Boundaries - “There’s no mountain top view without a climb.”

As for birthday number 57 next year, let’s see what TZ & I come up with.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Our 2015 Fall Fundraiser is On!

Know No Boundaries is starting our 2015 Fall Fundraiser.

We will once again be raising funds to help the remote Canadian community of Churchill, Manitoba & will also be joining forces with Albert Martens & his Athletes in Action team.

Our Fall races are going to be Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd in October here in Tahlequah, Oklahoma & the Polar Bear Marathon actually IN Churchill, Manitoba in November.
Funds raised during this fundraiser will go to help this remote Northern Canadian community with many things that we often take for granted.

Churchill is also the Polar Bear Capital of the World so we’re sure to see plenty of bears! (Lions & Tigers & Bears - - Oh My!)

We will also have an opportunity to help with Athletes in Action’s Christian ministry which will be awesome for us!
Our fundraising goal is $3000 most of which will go to the community of Churchill. Most of the travel expenses, etc. are not coming out of the monies raised & will be covered in other ways. This way, Know No Boundaries sticks to our commitment to give 98+% of all funds raised to the cause at hand.

Although our website is currently undergoing a re-design, donations can still be made on our CrowdRise site.

PLEASE pray about it & if you decide to make a donation, you can click DONATE NOW & you will be taken to our CrowdRise page.

Thank you & God Bless.

Ken

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.