By Ken Gordon, Potlatch Fund, Executive Director
It is another beautiful day here in the Northwest. As long term readers may recall last year Dana Arviso and I both participated in events which were part of the 2009 Seattle Marathon.
We did this so that we could stay fit and also to raise funds for Potlatch Fund. We were very successful with both goals. Dana and I both finished our events, met our goal times and together with all of our matching dollars we were able to raise about $6,000 for Potlatch Fund.
This event also inspired the entire staff. This year the entire staff has been working out, training and participating in running events. At the very start of summer we all participated in a 5km run organized by King County (the Big Backyard 5k fun run). This weekend just gone Heather Miller and Dana both did a 10km event. I also did the half marathon at the Rock and Roll event held in Seattle on June 26.
I haven’t been writing about running so much as I have had a series of injuries which has dramatically been slowing me down. I tore my calf muscle last year while preparing for the Seattle Marathon, and while I was able to get through that event (with a good time for an old timer like me) basically if I accelerate or try to quickly dodge something then my calf gets re-injured. This happened most recently at the Rock and Roll event when I tore my calf muscle yet again at the 20km mark and had to hobble home for a very slow last kilometre.
I have been seeing a great podiatrist for feet issues (Dr Warnerkross) and he advised me to see an equally great PT (Jutta Schneider) who can hopefully get my calf right. Jutta has told me that I can’t do any running until the strength and flexibility in my left calf at least matches the right side.
All that said I am signed up to do the Seattle Marathon again this year. I am going to make it so. Heather has signed up for the half marathon, and Dana, Kelly Gemmell and Lawrence Leake will most likely either do the 5km or 10km events.
We are doing this because (all evidence to the contrary) it is fun. There is also a great running tradition in Indian Country and this is one of those sports that you can do with very simple equipment. And yes we are also doing it as a fundraiser.
I am kicking off the fundraising by pledging $2 for every km run by the Potlatch Fund team. My podiatrist Dr Warnerkross has also committed to the event – but I still have to nail him down for an actual amount. All sponsorships will be announced on this blog (unless of course you wish to be anonymous), and at this stage we have confirmed that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give us a dollar for dollar match from all donations made by individuals. Essentially my $2 per km pledge will become a $4 per km of cash in our hands thanks to the Gates match.
These funds all come to Potlatch Fund. They do not come personally to any of the staff, and all contributors will receive a tax receipt for their contribution. The funds will be used for our program work in Indian Country and for regranting.
Lastly, we are also looking for people who will join the team and who can also participate in the event as a fundraiser for Potlatch Fund.
I want to thank everyone who supported this event last year and open up the opportunity for new supporters this year.
If you have any questions you can call me or any of the Potlatch fund staff on 206 624 6076.
Naku noa Ken Gordon