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Help Others Get the Runner's High

By Xmarkm @matthews_mark
I have signed up for two half marathons in 2014 to raise funds for RUNWELL. I will be running the Dexter Ann Arbor Half Marathon on June 1st, and then the Run Woodstock Half Marathon on September 6th. Or, another way to think of it, I will be running a full marathon that will take me 3 months and a week to complete.



Runwell is an organization whose purpose is close to my heart. The organization raises funds for addiction treatment and raises awareness of the role a running lifestyle can provide for those in recovery. CHECK OUT MY DONOR PAGE HERE
In my 21 years of my sobriety, Running has provided me with incredible natural highs, a great sense of accomplishment, and has been an essential asset to my own recovery. Keeping that to myself just doesn't seem right. Not only that, but substance abuse treatment saved my life.
80% of the funds raised will go to Eastwood Clinics in Royal Oak, MI. Eastwood serves primarily a low income and indigent population, and they do excellent work. They are a bedrock in the recovery community and a place where alumni of their residential program often return with a recovery glow on their face or to ask for help in times of crisis.

If you can donate just a dollar, that would be awesome. If you can donate ten dollars, that would be awesome times ten.

If you can donate $25 dollars, and you happen to be a writer or blogger looking for promotion or traffic, here's what else I can offer.
Bloggers: donate $25 dollars and I will post your blog link to my right sidebar, say thank you in a blog post announcing your awesomeness to the world, and tweet it out for everyone to see for digital eternity.
Writers: donate $25 dollars, and I will place the cover image of your book on my right sidebar linked to your amazon page, say thank you in a blog post, and also tweet your awesomeness into the twitterverse for eternity.
The promo on the sidebar for both of these should last approximately two weeks, depending on the number of folks who donate. Since I know someone is curious, I average 250 hits a day, (don't judge me) have 1200 twitter followers, and my posts are also read by those on goodreads and my amazon page.
Of course, you can donate anonymously, or you can donate and have me write your name on my arm with a sharpy while I run. (no joke). Shoot me a message at xmarkm(AT)gmail to let me know you contributed, and I will get any of these rolling. 

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