How can you feel that you made a difference for children you don’t even know? We didn’t think that that was possible, until we became GO Champions. We had a Take Action Project at school. Most people were doing something like “Save the Pandas”, but we decided that we wanted to make a difference in in the world; something that did not just impact others, but changed our own perspective. We then settled on the topic of Clean Water for school children.
We contacted Bart after we heard about the GO organization from a friend. He assisted us in learning more about the topic, setting up a successful fundraising page, and most importantly, achieving something we would never think of being possible- running a half marathon! The whole experience was amazing, especially when you thought about what it’s actually for and how much you’ll impact people’s lives.
At first, we weren’t sure that we would be able to raise the money, but little did we know that we would raise above what we needed! For the week before the race we were very nervous, since the farthest we’d ran before was only five miles. The expo was even more intimidating, with hundreds of people- many of which, very athletic looking. On April 7, 2013, we lined up at the starting line, ready to run! We were nervous and excited at the same time- excited that the big day was finally here, but nervous that we wouldn’t finish the race. Looking around, there was no one remotely close to our age. A photographer snapped a picture of us just before the gun went off. We started out very slow, for we did not want to waste our energy, but then built up into a decent jog. The views along the course were breathtaking and took away from the reality that you still had twelve more miles to go.
Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge was our favorite part, although it was a bit disappointing to have cars constantly passing us, despite all our effort. The actual bands were kind of a gyp, since there were only two and the lead singers were a bit tone deaf. But hey, it’s not like they could get Justin Bieber.
The last mile was the toughest- you were so close but so far at the same time. We pushed along dragging our feet at each step. We knew we had to go on since it means so much to the students. They’d probably run at least 13 miles to get clean water, let alone a system to constantly have it. Crossing the finish line was probably one of the greatest feelings we’ve ever experienced. It was a huge accomplishment and even better, since it was benefiting others too. And no, we were not in first place, but we feel that we were winners to the children in Rwanda. Hopefully someday we can actually go there and see the difference we have made!