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Posted by on Aug 26, 2010 in news | 0 comments

Doug’s Pikes Peak Ascent

On August 21st, Doug ran the Pikes Peak Ascent and he did it with the help of his friends, family, and the community around him. The PPA is 13.32 miles; elevation gain (start to summit) is 7,815′; the start is at 6,300′ and the summit is 14,115′.

We are extremely thankful for the efforts he made to help raise money for our organization. He reach out to the people around him to become virtual Cheerleaders. He ask his cheerleaders to;

  • Make a financial donation to a great organization, Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana (Online donation form)
  • Re-Tweet/Tweet about the run and my fundraising efforts (@douglobb)
  • Like my fundraising page status updates on Facebook or
  • Dedicate a run this week to my cause and tell your friends about it

Read his story below;

Why he did it?

“Twenty years ago I was stationed at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver after I followed my grandfather’s footsteps into the military. I was in peak physical condition weighing in at 125lbs with pretty much no body fat. Little did I know I was preparing for Desert Storm. Shortly after my return to LA, I was deployed to Saudi as a Flight Medic with the 872nd Med Det.

While stationed in Denver, I ran a 10k race called the BolderBoulder. I left Colorado before I had a chance to run the Pike’s Peak Ascent. Last year I ran the BolderBoulder to celebrate my 40th year of life (20lbs heavier) and set my goal of completing the Pikes Peak Ascent this year.

Running has reversed unhealthy habits and has inspired me to take on new endurance challenges. Running up Pikes Peak will be no easy feat… especially when the only hill I can find in south Louisiana is a parking tower and my training has been at sea level. I’ve trained rigorously for the past year and feel that I’m 90% ready for this run.”

Why Boys and Girls Clubs?

“After exiting the military I got extremely involved in the community. I had the honor and privilege to work with Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana. The 4,000 kids who are impacted by this organization continue to inspire me on a daily basis. As part of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America – Boys and Gils Clubs of Acadiana has developed an astonishing array of programs which facilitate the leadership and development of at risk kids.
As a former board member, fundraiser, donor, and volunteer – I can personally vouch for the organization and promise that every penny raised gets invested in building character for the next generation of leaders. I view all kids as at risk regardless of their socio-economic class. This is why I have a lifelong commitment to the organization and wish for them to receive funds from my army of virtual cheerleaders.”

Douglas Menefee

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