Showing posts from 2012

The BIG Picture - Stay Focused On It!

Well friends, Thanksgiving 2012 is now behind us and hopefully we all spent time with family friends focused on what we are thankful for! Things have been nothing short of chaotic so I am JUST NOW giving a Race Report / Fund Raising Report for Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd held the end of October.

Race morning started off a bit chilly (36 degrees) but warmed up quickly.

(yes, I am in there somewhere.)   As the day unfolded, and night set in, it was becoming evident that it was going to be Deja Vu from last year. Time knows no allies and is equal to all. Time was NOT ON MY SIDE this day however I was 30 minutes ahead of last year's race.

I needed to focus on the BIG PICTURE.

The BIG PICTURE was raising money for Jason Bowlin and NOT MY own selfish endeavor to finish a race. The decision was made after 70 miles, to "call it good"  &be satisfied with the cause. All in all, Know No Boundaries raised just over $1050 to help Jason & his family with his medical expenses. No …

2012 Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd - PREVIEW

The 2012 running of Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd is THIS WEEKEND! WOO WHO!

We are very stoked here at Know No Boundaries. This is the year that we will "Smash the Pumpkin".

Sunday, this will be in OUR HANDS.




Now remember this quote.

See you after PHH!

God Bless;

2012 Fundraiser: Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd +

Well friends, it is officially Fall! Cooler weather, nice evenings on the back porch with the chiminea on, beautiful fall foliage on the way, thoughts of the delicious fall holiday meals (Hint: Thanksgiving) and of course, Smashing Pumpkins!

WHAT you say?

You read it correctly. October 20-21, 2012 is the 2nd running of the Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd 100 Mile Trail Run (well not actually "trails", but definitely gravel country roads.).

Know No Boundaries ran the inaugural Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd last year & due to time constraints, bailed at mile 70. This year however, we are going to "Smash the Pumpkin" and finish the entire 100 miles! The recipient of our fundraising is a young man from Sapulpa, Oklahoma named Jason Bowlin.

Jason has Squamous Cell Carcinoma (skin cancer) in the lower face and neck area and has been undergoing radiation & chemotherapy and wil also be undergoing reconstructive surgery. As an ex-construction contractor, Jason does not have medica…

Schedule Changes - Chisholm Trail Ultra

Hello friends. I am SURE all is well with you (as they should be since you DO have a choice, right?).

I have recently taken a new position with a new company. With changes such as this, we need to step back & review our priorities.

Life Events such as this often affect other things in our lives. In this case, it is the vacation that I have (or should I say NOT HAVE) this September.

With this said, the Chisholm Trail Ultra that was initially planned for September 13th through the 20th will need to be postponed (notice I DID NOT SAY cancelled!). IT WILL HAPPEN, but just at a later date. I am considering some time in the Spring 2013 when the weather in Oklahoma is tolerable.

Although this was a real bummer for us here at Know No Boundaries, it could actually be a blessing in disguise. NOTHING happens without a reason. This delay will allow additional things to be considered. One option we are kicking around is the possibility of adding a Relay option. Hmmm, the jury is still out on …

Mental Toughness

We all have moments wherein we feel we have "had it", where we want to "throw in the towel" and just give up. We feel that we have done all that we can and cannot give any more. This could be during a long and greuling race, looking for a new job, being a better spouse or parent, building a relationship or any number of things we attempt to do.

But you CAN oversome these mental barriers. Mental Barriers you say? Yes. Let me explain. If you just "had it" and could do no more and suddenly saw that your child was in dire need of help. Not only would this perceived barrier disappear, but you would go at it with renewed vigor UNTIL you achieved what was needed. Did the barrier go away? Was it even real or just conceived within your psyche? The thing that was perceived as a boundary DID NOT go away, it WAS REAL (at least in your mind) and your overcoming it was an exercise in mental toughness.
You decided to allow the circumstances to become mental chains to kee…

Chisholm Trail Ultra - New Event Logo!

Sorry for the hiatus in my postings. Things have been slightly above chaotic!

As we continue to make plans for our running of The Chisholm Trail this September, we comissioned a local graphic art company to design a logo that depicted our Phoenix along with the long horn steer, that the Chisholm Trail is famous for. Here is our logo.

We will be driving down to the Oklahoma/Texas border later in July to "check out" the starting line, meet with the Director of the Chisholm Trail Museum & then follow the proposed course.

Stay tuned for more undates & photos.

Chisholm Trail Ultra

Well friends, plans are continuing for our Chisholm Trail Ultra scheduled for the week starting September 15th.

We will be starting at the Texas / Oklahoma boundary on HWY 81 & run north. until we reach Caldwell, KS; just at the Oklahoma / Kansas boundary. It is approximately 233 miles. We will be following (for the most part), the Chisholm Trail & will pass through many small Oklahoma towns. The point is to run a set distance each day & overnight at various places along the route.

The "POINT" is to be a living example of "breaking boundaries" so that others know that with the right mindset & attitude, most any boundary can be broken through.

We have also implemented our 100 100's Fundraiser. Our goal is to get 100 people to donate $100 each. All donations are Tax Deductible as we are a 501 (c) (3) non profit foundation. Go to our website ( or contact me directly to make a donation.
Additionally, we want to thank …

14 Year Old Dillon Hicks PRs in his FIRST 5K

14 Year Old Dillon Hicks is our March 2012 Boundary Breaker. Despite Dillon's numerous disabilities, he is a young man FULL of energy. He loves the outdoors & especially loves going for a "run"with either his Hannah or Stacy; his parents. When out with them, he feels as if his limitations have been lifted & is without boundaries. The first photo is Dillon with his dad; Stacy; in an OLD chair. The other one are his new "wheels".
Know No Boundaries was able to work with Adaptive Star to get Dillon a new chair, one in which he could not only be comfortable in for some time, but to be out with is family to participate in the numerous runs in which they do. March 17th was the 30th Saint Patrick's Day 5K held in front of Runner's World Tulsa and Dillon Hicks showed off his new found freedom. If you were not there, you missed out on quite an event. Know No Boundaries was be there in full force to be with the Hicks family in support of this big step for Dillo…

Two Down & ??? To Go (Post Oak Challenge Summary)

The first (2) major broken boundaries for 2012 are now in the history books. The 2012 Post Oak Challenge is done - 50K on February 25th & a marathon on February 26th. The weather could not have been better for running & most of the races were full.

(The only real problem was that the poor road took out the radiator of my car - - but that is a different story.)

Before our early start, a few of the Marathon Maniacs posed for a pre-race party pic; yours truly (in green tights) John, Wilma, Lyle & company all in smiles.

After a very short jaunt on the road, we turned off onto some beautiful trails. What started off in a rough pack, soon strung out into more of a single file as we wove (or is it weaved?) through sticks & stones, twigs, branches, roots & rocks. We soon were out into the open country.

The aid stations were AWESOME as were all of the volunteers. They really make it possible for many of us to make it through these events. Ken Childress & company reall…

A Boundary Breaker from the Great White North

Albert Martens is a gentleman unlike anyone I have come to know & a boundary breaker unlike no other.

Albert lives in Manitoba, Canada, has been married to Edna since 1970 & has (3) children. So far, nothing out of the ordinary, right?

Well, Albert has completed (46) full marathons, (11) ultra marathons including (4) time entry into the Marathon des Sables in Morocco (one official finish), a 1024 km run across Germany for a fundraiser, a 333 km run across Switzerland, Badwater Ultra, Biel 100 km in Switzerland, Run 101 (for his mother's 101st birthday).

Albert's TOTAL DISTANCE run is equivalent to once around the world = 40,074 km!

In addition, Albert was inducted into the Manitoba Running Hall of Fame in February 2011 & has raised $225K for various charities through his running.

Albert has also completed (2) books -

One Million Steps in 1997Sand in My Shoes in 2008
What are his plans you might ask? Albert is planning on producing a running documentary (Grand Canyo…

Is this boundary really necessary?

Okay, so my goal here is not to reiterate the fact that many of the "boundaries"  or "limitations" that seem to keep us from becoming all that we have been created for are within our own minds (sub consciously at times), but to just bring up some of those ridiculous things that we consciously set & which does create a boundary.

It is a boundary drawn between individuals or individuals & society.

Look around, do you see it? In today's world, it is EVERYWHERE.

That's right. practically everyone you see is wearing headphones. Be it listening to their favorite tunes, that inspirational podcast or that audio book that they have wanted to read.

They are everywhere; walking in some self created Zombie-like state. They are within themselves often oblivious to anyone or any thing around them.

What they have done, is created a boundary between themselves & everything around them.

And we wonder WHY communications on many levels have begun to break down (no…

Are You a Hunter or a Fisherman?

Okay, let's start with a bit of explanation. As a hunter, you scout out your territory, look into the patterns of your prey, get into a good position & when your prey is in your sites, you FIRE! Now, if your prey happens to sense that you are there; if they smell you or feel your presence, they will BOLT as fast as they can in the opposite direction robbing you of that prize.

On the opposite side now, we have the fisherman. Now fisherman are quite different in that they go about things in an entirely opposite way. Although they might still scout out their fishing spot & look into weather patterns & favorite feeding spots but here they cast their bait & WAIT. If the bait is right, the fish will come to them & take their hook.

What is my point you might ask.

Well in hunting, what you are trying to catch runs the opposite way when you are sensed while in fishing, what you are trying to catch comes to you.

We are a lot like that as well. We have some product or se…