Help Steve Run Sub-3 for The Kids

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Sunday, May 21 - Surfer's Path Marathon - Santa Cruz

Total raised in challenges is over $4000 - THANK YOU!

Help me *finally* break 3 hours by putting some cash on the line, to help some kids who need it more than we do.

FIRST, BUSINESS
You can obviously donate now, using the green "Donate Now" button on the right...PayPal & you're done! NOTE, I used DonationTo, because they do not take a cut. The link goes directly to PSDI's PayPal account & you get a receipt.

THE CHALLENGE
Or, you can challenge me to run for the kids. Copy the "Levels" below, click "Contact Me" on the right, and fill in a dollar value pledge for one or more levels (or write your own challenge!). I will track these in the Posts. Then, assuming I am still alive after the race, I will encourage you to come back here & put up the cash, the biggest amount I qualified for.

Level 0: Finisher (No guarantees - I am old):
Level 1: Fastest 50-54 year old male:
Level 2: Faster than last year (3:01:43 or faster):
Level 3: Sub 3 Hours, Yeah Baby!!!:
Level 4: Top 3 finishers (probably sub 3):
Level 5: 2nd Place (Fastest of the Losers!):
Level 6: 1st place (I can dream, can't I?):
Keep me Anonymous? (Y/N):

ABOUT THE CHARITY
Partners In Sustainable Development, http://www.psdintl.org/

My CEO Joe Nettemeyer, and my company, Valin, have been supporting a special, tiny little charity started in Bangladesh by one of Joe's former high school teachers. On a budget of a few hundred thousand dollars a year, PSDI helps the poorest of poor children get into the government school system - which requires a test to get in - by giving them a free 2-year education in tiny 30-person schools.

Check out the photos of the schools - pretty amazing.

MY MARATHON HISTORY
I have been running marathons since 2011, and progressively faster each year...but have never broken 3 hours (best = 3:01:44, last year in Surfer's Path). I decided to turn this year's race into a fundraiser, so that the kids can benefit from all my hard work, and YOU can put a bit of pressure on ME to go a little faster this year.
2011: Morgan Hill, 3:44 (4 weeks on crutches, hip ligament tear)
2012: Morgan Hill. 3:29
2013: Morgan Hill, 3:13 (see photo, crutches in the car...couple of days, shinsplints)
2014: Took a break, studied "Chi Running"
2015: Portland, 3:11, OK after
2016: Santa Cruz Surfer's Path, 3:01, OK after
2017: Santa Cruz Surfer's Path...

Results from last year are here: (sorry, you have to copy and paste the link. DonationTo is apparently not so swift with the HTML)
http://georesults.racemine.com/lifestyleescapes/events/2016/Surfers-Path-Marathon-Capitola-Half-Marathon--Relay/results


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  • Steve Croft
    2017-05-22 04:04:45

    Race Day! The good news: I placed 3rd overall & beat my PR, continuing the streak - 6 marathons, every one a PR The bad news: I missed my sub-3 goal by 44 seconds. Time 3:00:43 Not for lack of motivation - thank you all for your support and for providing the extra "kick" with the Challenges.

  • Steve Croft
    2017-05-16 04:38:01

    OK, now we are getting somewhere...over $4000 has been pledged, but I will have to run really fast to get it. Some creative algorithms submitted. Thank you guys!! Running update: Quick 10 miler this morning, 68 minutes, or 6:48/mile. 5 seconds faster than 3 hour marathon time. BUT...it's miles 21-26 I'm concerned about. People call the last 6 miles the "second half."

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CREATED BY:

Steve Croft

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50 year old dad in Scotts Valley CA, trying to *finally* break 3 hours in a marathon here in Santa Cruz on 5/21.

Running for PSDI/PEP, a small charity in Bangladesh that helps "Extreme Poor" children test into the government schools by giving them a 1st & 2nd grade education.
  • $ 100
    Dave Hall
    4 days

    I am impressed, 3 hours, wow!

  • $ 200
    Anonymous
    4 days

    No Comment

  • $ 100
    Robert Tomkinson
    4 days

    Amazing effort Steve. Hope you smash your fundraising goal for a great cause. R

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Help Steve Run Sub-3 for The Kids

Share This Campaign

About This Cause

Sunday, May 21 - Surfer's Path Marathon - Santa Cruz

Total raised in challenges is over $4000 - THANK YOU!

Help me *finally* break 3 hours by putting some cash on the line, to help some kids who need it more than we do.

FIRST, BUSINESS
You can obviously donate now, using the green "Donate Now" button on the right...PayPal & you're done! NOTE, I used DonationTo, because they do not take a cut. The link goes directly to PSDI's PayPal account & you get a receipt.

THE CHALLENGE
Or, you can challenge me to run for the kids. Copy the "Levels" below, click "Contact Me" on the right, and fill in a dollar value pledge for one or more levels (or write your own challenge!). I will track these in the Posts. Then, assuming I am still alive after the race, I will encourage you to come back here & put up the cash, the biggest amount I qualified for.

Level 0: Finisher (No guarantees - I am old):
Level 1: Fastest 50-54 year old male:
Level 2: Faster than last year (3:01:43 or faster):
Level 3: Sub 3 Hours, Yeah Baby!!!:
Level 4: Top 3 finishers (probably sub 3):
Level 5: 2nd Place (Fastest of the Losers!):
Level 6: 1st place (I can dream, can't I?):
Keep me Anonymous? (Y/N):

ABOUT THE CHARITY
Partners In Sustainable Development, http://www.psdintl.org/

My CEO Joe Nettemeyer, and my company, Valin, have been supporting a special, tiny little charity started in Bangladesh by one of Joe's former high school teachers. On a budget of a few hundred thousand dollars a year, PSDI helps the poorest of poor children get into the government school system - which requires a test to get in - by giving them a free 2-year education in tiny 30-person schools.

Check out the photos of the schools - pretty amazing.

MY MARATHON HISTORY
I have been running marathons since 2011, and progressively faster each year...but have never broken 3 hours (best = 3:01:44, last year in Surfer's Path). I decided to turn this year's race into a fundraiser, so that the kids can benefit from all my hard work, and YOU can put a bit of pressure on ME to go a little faster this year.
2011: Morgan Hill, 3:44 (4 weeks on crutches, hip ligament tear)
2012: Morgan Hill. 3:29
2013: Morgan Hill, 3:13 (see photo, crutches in the car...couple of days, shinsplints)
2014: Took a break, studied "Chi Running"
2015: Portland, 3:11, OK after
2016: Santa Cruz Surfer's Path, 3:01, OK after
2017: Santa Cruz Surfer's Path...

Results from last year are here: (sorry, you have to copy and paste the link. DonationTo is apparently not so swift with the HTML)
http://georesults.racemine.com/lifestyleescapes/events/2016/Surfers-Path-Marathon-Capitola-Half-Marathon--Relay/results


CREATED BY:

Steve Croft

Contact me
50 year old dad in Scotts Valley CA, trying to *finally* break 3 hours in a marathon here in Santa Cruz on 5/21.

Running for PSDI/PEP, a small charity in Bangladesh that helps "Extreme Poor" children test into the government schools by giving them a 1st & 2nd grade education.
+Hide - Recent Posts
  • Steve Croft
    2017-05-22 04:04:45

    Race Day! The good news: I placed 3rd overall & beat my PR, continuing the streak - 6 marathons, every one a PR The bad news: I missed my sub-3 goal by 44 seconds. Time 3:00:43 Not for lack of motivation - thank you all for your support and for providing the extra "kick" with the Challenges.

  • Steve Croft
    2017-05-16 04:38:01

    OK, now we are getting somewhere...over $4000 has been pledged, but I will have to run really fast to get it. Some creative algorithms submitted. Thank you guys!! Running update: Quick 10 miler this morning, 68 minutes, or 6:48/mile. 5 seconds faster than 3 hour marathon time. BUT...it's miles 21-26 I'm concerned about. People call the last 6 miles the "second half."

  • $ 100
    Dave Hall
    4 days

    I am impressed, 3 hours, wow!

  • $ 200
    Anonymous
    4 days

    No Comment

  • $ 100
    Robert Tomkinson
    4 days

    Amazing effort Steve. Hope you smash your fundraising goal for a great cause. R

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