Anyone who has seen any news recently knows* that this weekend, the city of Austin is hosting a Formula One event that is sure to attract the attention of millions (many of whom will be found in every hotel room from Temple to San Antonio, as well as stopping traffic in all lanes of I-35).
But very few know about a different event that will also take place in Austin.
Also occurring this weekend in Austin, a man is attempting to run for 48 hours. In a row.
Like my friends Danny and Christy, this man--Ryan--and his wife, Ashley, are heroes. Like Danny and Christy, they have already been blessed with two children of their own. But Ryan and Ashley have felt a calling for some time to adopt not one but two children--siblings--from Ethiopia, where there are a lot of orphaned children. Now, they don't know what two children they will be able to adopt, but regardless, they know that they definitely want to bring two children home with them.
As with Danny and Christy, Ryan and Ashley's main hangup is money. And so Ryan, who happens to be a ultramarathon runner (he runs races of 100 miles!), came up with a unique fundraising idea. He is going to run for 48 hours straight (and should have been running just over four hours at this writing) at the Runtex on Riverside Drive, and he has collected pledges per mile (he expects to run about 150 miles).
And the best thing? He is not only going to raise money for himself and Ashley. Instead, they have created an organization called 48 Lives, which intends to provide money for 48 children from Ethiopia to be adopted (including the two Ryan and Ashley want to adopt).
So go by Runtex if you happen to be in the area this weekend (I understand there might be one or two events in the downtown area) and say hello to Ryan. Better still, go by and make a pledge.** You'll be making a real difference in the lives of children who need your help.
And I think that's much more important than any other events that may be scheduled around here this weekend.
* And some of us have known for a long time.
** You may also pledge at the website, linked above. (And yes, the author of this blog has already pledged to this worthy cause.)