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2015 Polar Bear (Half) Marathon In the Books

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Well my friends,Know No Boundariesmade it to Churchill, Manitoba for the 2015 running of the Polar Bear Marathon. It was ALMOST a bust as our luggage did not come in  to Winnipeg, Manitoba until Thursday night (the 19th) & we had a 7:30 AM flight the next morning.

Arriving into Churchill , we got our first impression of the local weather. . . . . . 

Sunny & warm!

NOT!

After we got our luggage (you know, the luggage that almost wasn’t!), we headed off to the Tundra Inn in town.


Friday night, Albert Martens (our race director), gave us some words of wisdom & assigned us to our Support Vehicles.

After this, we headed back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep (really?)






A quick pre-start photo to be sure I had all that I needed.

Race morning was not as windy, but every bit as cold. Temperatures at the start of the race were -8 F with a wind chill of -22 F.



                             (Can you say Brrrrrrrr?)




After Oh Canada sung by the local children of Churchill, & a quick pre-sta…

The Bear is On!

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Know No Boundaries will be teaming up withAthletes in Actionto run the 2015 Polar Bear Marathon scheduled to be held in Churchill, Manitoba on November 21, 2015.
Churchill is a remote community in Northern Manitoba where just the environment much of the year can pose their own boundaries & limitations.
Our participation in this event will bring awareness to their needs, allow us an opportunity to share God’s love for them all while pushing our own boundaries. Average temperatures in late November will be a “balmy” -30 degrees! (Yup, that IS a minus!).
Help us by making your Tax Deductible donation by clicking the DONATE button on our home page;Know No Boundaries.

Passion vs. Business

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As many of you know, my PASSION for Know No Boundaries has literally known no boundaries. I have spent countless nights brainstorming about ways to help others & what fundraisers would work best. I have looked for many different events & races where I could “push my own personal boundaries” in order to be a living example of “breaking through.” In essence, I have walked the walk AND talked the talk.

Through this passion to help other people, I have not been as diligent in the business side of things.

When looking for board members (E.g. fundraisers, accountants, etc.), I have looked to friends & family rather than those who know the business of non profit foundations.

Although everyone had golden intentions, my passion was not transferable. I could not infuse MY PASSION into someone else.

I decided to step back & re-formulate HOWKnow No Boundarieswill be in the near & far term. Where do I want Know No Boundariesto be in 2016? IN 5 years? In 10 years?

In order to know th…

One Hill of a Challenge

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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 cl…

Our 2015 Fall Fundraiser is On!

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Know No Boundariesis 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 bePumpkin Holler Hunnerdin 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 withAthletes in Action’sChristian 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, Kn…

The Heat was On!

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June 6th & 7th brought scorching temperatures for the inaugural Urban Adventure 100 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Runner’s World Tulsaheld 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 Runner’s World the main aid station for the start & finish of each loop & the race as a whole.
Theenergy 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…

Runner’s World Tulsa’s Urban Adventure 100

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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 coun…

Rocky Raccoon 100 - Race Report

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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 Boundarieswas 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…