Thursday, July 21, 2011

Surround Yourself with those who Challenge You...

Let's just say I won't be skipping any remedial 8 mile runs anymore!!
"My oh my..." is all I could say as I read more about Lisa Bliss. A local woman, someone who I have yet the pleasure of meeting, will set out Monday morning to tackle a feat few have even thought of tackling before.
On July 25, 2011, Lisa plans to attempt to be the first woman and second person ever to cross Death Valley solo, unsupported and self-contained—meaning she will run alone, without outside help of any kind, carrying all her food water and supplies in a 230-lb cart custom designed for her by Glen Copus of Spokane’s Elephant Bikes.

The journey from the Badwater Basin to the summit of Mt. Whitney will take her from the lowest point in the contiguous U.S. to the highest—an altitude change of more than 14,000 feet. Lisa will cross more than 135 miles of asphalt followed by an 11-mile climb to the summit of the mountain for a total of 146 miles in blistering desert temperatures up to 130 degrees.

Why would Lisa want to do such a thing? To help the homeless youth at Crosswalk.

“I believe with all my heart and mind and body and soul that there is no failure in trying, for as long as we keep trying.” That’s something she wants to prove to the youth at Crosswalk teen shelter—both by making this attempt and also by attempting to raise $10,000 to fund the GED and college scholarship programs at the shelter.
Lisa wants to show the youth that when you choose to keep moving toward a glimmer of hope, focusing on any minute possibility of success—rather than focusing on the obstacles in the way—you succeed simply in the trying. Join Lisa by making a tax-deductible donation.


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