So where exactly did the 100 Mile Challenge take us?
To zoom in and out of the map and see it in different types of maps (like a satellite map!) click on this link:
(Sorry, miles 1-5 and 90-100 tend to over lap. Also, the course goes to almost 107 miles because the Staten Island Ferry and one section of Fort Lee we didn’t dribble were included. Don’t get too confused! Also, this is NOT the exact map we used for our mile markers. We used bikes with odometers to map out the entire course.)
A Picture of the Church
100 Miles completed. Did you look at that course??? How in the world did we finish that thing? How did we get everyone in the right position at the right time? Because Occh is amazing at details right? Wrong!!
Did everything go according to plan? Of course not! During the last week we lost 5 dribblers who were unable to participate. Twitter updates stopped in Brooklyn due to cell phone battery issues. Imagine having to lead the last 25 miles of this with no cell phone to see where people are. Should have seen that one coming!
To our credit, we did begin at our anticipated 6:00 am start time. However, we finished at 11:30 pm! We also learned that 6:00 am and 11:30 pm are extremely cold times to be outside in the middle of October.
There are plenty of other mishaps I could mention that happened that day. So how did we pull it off?? When God puts a dream on your heart, He will provide the people to make it happen. The 100 Mile Challenge was an awesome picture of His Church. Each of us had our role, each of us did it well, and together we were used of God to accomplish something amazing for His kingdom. Ball for Lives began as the vision of one man. Look what it is today. Amazing!
So, in addition to all of our runners who particpated, special thanks goes to:
–Gian Paul, Dave, Bernie, and Ashely, who all dribbled 10 Miles each so we could finish our course!
–Danny Mundo who drove everywhere getting people where they needed to be (and brought me home!!)
–My sister Elyse who drove me to Staten Island and then brought my stuff to the ferry. Sorry for bad directions Elyse!!
–Morgan Cook, representing all those who prayed fervantly to our Father on our behalf. Thank you!
–Gaston Nunez and others who made sure runners were in their correct spots, especially in Manhattan.
–Jim McNamee, who biked at least 40 Miles of the 100 Mile Challenge so that runners knew their course.
–Whitney Rodgers and others who found time to take pictures amidst other responsibilites. Pictures are coming!
–Mrs. Ten Kate and Carly who came to cheer Ashley on and bring her home. After miles 5-10 at 10:00pm she wasn’t making it back on her own!
–And to my wonderful mother who brought food for everyone when it got late-Thanks Mom!!
To all of you who participated, prayed, or donated, thank you. Enjoy this wonderful accomplishment in the Lord.