30 Apr '14, 7pm

Dakota Jones takes a challenging look at both charity and "selfish" runners' motivations.

Now, having cut into Sam’s validation for her long runs, I should mention that I run long distances too… but I don’t donate to anybody. I travel around the world to compete in mountain races, but when cast against the angelic light of Sam’s project, my runs seem shady and self-motivated, more inclined to favor personal wealth and glory than to alleviate the sufferings of the disenfranchised millions. Why I run and climb in the mountains is much more difficult to explain than it is for someone who donates to charity. People like Terry Fox and Sam can (could) say, “I spend hours every day training to complete these challenges, but it’s for a greater cause than myself.” But all I can say is, “I spend hours every day training to complete these challenges… and I’ve had some very special experiences.” Or I could say that I’m trying to inspire people to be better by doing my own ...

Full article: http://www.irunfar.com/2014/04/justifying-the-freedom-run...

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