July 15th I run 135 non-stop miles in 125+ degree heat in Death Valley for Caring House. Why?

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24 hours pulling the tire at the Linton Bridge simulating Death Valley



Bio-sand water filter to fight cholera














134 miles to go…

Concret home in Haiti



My 6th finish
My 6th finish!
 









 

 

On July 15, at 6:00amPST the start gun will fire for my 8th attempt to finish the Death Valley Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon, the toughest footrace in the world according to National Geographic. You can follow my progress live via webcast: www.badwater.com/2013web/

After finishing 6 grueling Badwater races in a row, I failed to finish last year for the first time. What do you think will happen this year?

By the time I step off the start line Monday morning I will have logged nearly 1,500 training miles, including many runs of 50+ continuous miles, a 24-hour tire pull (http://bit.ly/16gsnjr), and some unique heat training that was featured on NBC.

Why would I put myself through this (again)? Only two reasons: 

To Undo an Undone (definition below, including more about Badwater)

To raise money for our Caring House Project Foundation, where I choose to "voluntarily suffer a little for those who suffer a lot involuntarily in Haiti and elsewhere."

Before going further, would you consider donating to our Badwater effort this year? I know you may have in the past, and for that I thank you! If you have or haven't, please consider a new donation, as those most desperately poor and homeless around the world who will benefit from your donation would really appreciate your support!

Remember: "compassion without action is a waste of emotion."

Donate $1 for every mile of my Death Valley Race, or $135. Your donation will provide 1,350 meals!
 
 


Donate $10
for every mile of my Death Valley Race, or $1,350. Your donation will build nearly half of a concrete home in Haiti.


 

Donate $30 for every mile, or $4,050. This donation will have a huge impact in Haiti. You will have built one brand new concrete home for a family of 8 who were living in a mud or cardboard shack. Your home will have 2 rooms, kitchen, front porch and bathroom. PLUS you will provide 1,350 meals! The ultimate donation for the ultimate race!

$4050 Dollar Donation

If these donation options don’t suit you, see http://www.frank-mckinney.com/donate.aspx for others, some starting at $10.

Ways to Donate:

1) Via the online links provided above or below.

2) Call 561.722.3950 to donate over the phone.

3) Mail your donation to Caring House Project, P.O. Box 388, Boynton Beach, FL 33425.

More about the Death Valley Badwater Ultramarathon and why I'm competing in it for the 8th time - to Undo an Undone...

First: What is Badwater? 

The Badwater Ultramarathon hosted by Chris Kostman of AdventureCORPS is an invitation-only race (100 invitees from 20 countries) held in Death Valley, California during the desert’s hottest month of the year, July. It starts at -282 feet below sea level.

The course traverses 135 miles on blacktop pavement (200+ degrees!) through the Mojave, over three mountain ranges and finishes nearly 8,500 feet above sea level. There are no aid stations, so it’s up to the runner’s crew to get him or her to the finish line. Again, National Geographic calls it the toughest footrace in the world.


Crossing the finish line after scooting along on my behind…

Donate $1 for every mile of my 2013 Death Valley race, or $135. I ask that you help those who can't help themselves. Please consider more than "1" in the quantity box if donating online. For every $135 you donate, you will provide 1,350 meals for the most desperately poor and homeless in Haiti.

$135 Dollar Donation

Donate $10 for every mile, or $1,350. Should you choose this option you will have built nearly 1/2 of a concrete home in Haiti. Talk about "ROD" - Return On Donation!

$1350 Dollar Donation

Donate $30 for every mile, or $4,050. This donation will have a huge impact in Haiti. You will have built one brand new concrete home for a family of 8 who were living in a mud or cardboard shack. Your home will have 2 rooms, kitchen, front porch and bathroom. PLUS you will provide 1,350 meals! The ultimate donation for the ultimate race!

$4050 Dollar Donation

If none of the above suggested donation options suit you, please visit our donate page, Once there, scroll down from the top. There are 70 alternatives to choose from.

Why I'm competing this year - to Undo an Undone...

Definition of “Undoing an Undone”:

Finishing something significant that you started, began and failed at, thought you had pursued for the last time; or turning a longstanding dream into a reality. Undoing an initiative that is undone simply means reversing or altering an initial outcome and completing it beyond your initial expectations.

Last summer, after completing the Death Valley Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon six times before, I failed to finish it for the first time. I came in last place, 96 out of 96 entrants, and I’d made it only 27 miles. 

That DNF (“did not finish”) broke my heart, but not my spirit. 

They say everyone who runs Badwater more than once eventually DNFs, a thought that had terrified me until it finally came true for me. It turned out to be the best thing that could’ve happened to me, and it began this process of introspection that has led to a Personal Renaissance

What began as a “post mortem” of my poor race performance turned into me looking at other areas of my life that had been falling short of expectations. And, ultimately, I came to the conclusion, or maybe the re-realization, that Badwater is part of who I am. 

I’d taken this part of my life for granted, but since committing to Undo the Undone, I’ve rededicated myself to all that is great about preparing for and participating in Badwater.

What would you consider your life’s Badwater? What one thing, when you attempt it and possibly achieve it, will reconnect you with all that was, is and will be great about you, and exceed your known definition of greatness in the process? 

The crew that got me there – literally!

Donate $1 for every mile of my Death Valley race, or $135. I ask that you help those who can't help themselves. Please consider more than "1" in the quantity box if donating online. For every $135 you donate, you will provide 1,350 meals for the most desperately poor and homeless in Haiti.  

$135 Dollar Donation

Donate $10 for every mile, or $1,350. Should you choose this option you will have built nearly 1/2 of a concrete home in Haiti PLUS provided 1,000 meals! Talk about "ROD" - Return On Donation! 

$1350 Dollar Donation

Donate $30 for every mile, or $4,050. This donation will have a huge impact in Haiti. You will have built one brand new concrete home for a family of 8 who were living in a mud or cardboard shack. Your home will have 2 rooms, kitchen, front porch and bathroom. PLUS you will provide 1,350 meals! The ultimate donation support for the ultimate race! 

$4050 Dollar Donation

If you would prefer to make your donation over the phone, please call 561.722.3950, or mail it to CHPF, P.O. Box 388 Boynton Beach, FL 33425. You can email me direct at frank@frank-mckinney.com for any donation or Badwater questions.  

Thank you in advance for your support.

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Frank McKinney
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