Selected as a New York City Marathon Ambassador!
Received a great email yesterday…
YOU’VE BEEN SELECTED
You’ve been selected to represent your state as a
Marathon Morning Across America Ambassador in the second annual
Marathon Opening Ceremony featuring the Parade of Nations.
Here’s how it happened, I posted this on Facebook last week…
The ING New York City Marathon is looking for “Marathon Morning Across America Ambassadors”… a person from each state to represent their state in a Parade of Nations. I’d love to represent Pennsylvania! To apply, I need to: “submit a 150-word statement telling us why you’re the best person to represent your state.”
How do I best tell my story in 150 words?
If I use your comment to enter, I will send you a free copy of Because I Can! And if I use your comment to enter and I’m selected, I will send you an amazing prize box! A Because I Can book and shirt, bottle of champagne, a NYC souvenir, a marathon souvenir, a tree leaf from Central park and more!
This is what I submitted… (150 words exactly!)
I almost lost my leg and my life in an accident. Thanks to amazing doctors, I survived, but they had doubts if I’ld walk again due to massive injuries.
I recovered better than anticipated, thanks to a few things: skilled medical personnel, support from family and friends, the endurance from being a runner the previous 10 years and growing up on a Pennsylvania Dutch farm in a strict Mennonite family (almost Amish) where hard work was the norm.
By “doing what I can, because I can” I returned to running four years post-accident and the beautiful rolling hills of Pennsylvania provide a great place to train. Running is my personal Declaration of Independence and I want everyone to know they’re capable of more than they give themselves credit for. I’m thrilled to be able to do the NYC marathon and I’d be honored to be a Marathon Morning Ambassador.
I used concepts from a few of your ideas, but I used words most directly from Sarah Emlen Besterman’s and Daniel Toocheck’s comments.
And I won!!
Thank you Sarah and Daniel! Both of you will be receiving a gift basket. I’ll be in touch with details after the NYC marathon.
They asked that we wear something to represent our state. So what do I wear to represent Pennsylvania? Eagles shirt? A cheesesteak? Amish clothes? IM ABLE clothes? (since they are sponsoring me to do the marathon) Because I can clothes?