We have now passed the 50,000km barrier. Our new total is 57,330km This is mainly thanks to a wonderful donation of the kms from the Ghost Town 3.5 miles event and Tony Mangan coming on board with his kms for the Year. I would like to thank everyone for their contribution so far. I can see that we can sill get the 100,000 kms before the Olympics. Let’s do it.
See below for Susan’s report from the Ghost Town Event.
As director of the Ghost Town 38.5 I try to make a contribution on behalf of my runners every year. This has varied from sponsorship (registration, meals and housing) for a small team of Navajo runners to a monetary contribution to a scholarship fund started by the late runner/writer Marc Witkes. My run this weekend had 47 participants. 43 finished the course, the other 4 gave it their best. Together they ran or walked 2, 821.45 kms. At the post-race bbq I told them the year’s contribution was going to be in their honor: their efforts would be added to the growing total of kms to be presented in Beijing as a statement that we athletes hope the Chinese will release their hold on Tibet. There were nods of approval throughout my crowd. The Ghost Town 38.5 is happy to be able to contribute to this cause.
What is the Million Kms for Tibet?
The International Campaign for Tibet have recently launched their new website and campaign to campaign and let people know about the Human Rights Abuses that are happening in China. It is called the “Race for Tibet” and the website can be viewed at http://www.racefortibet.org/
I have been a supporter of the Tibet Cause for a few years. This got me thinking. How can the ultra world and the sporting world help highlight the Tibet problem in the leadup to the next Olympics. This is when I thought of the Million Kilometres for Tibet idea. Why don’t we try and run/walk or bike ride a million kilometres to support Tibet in the leadup to the Beijing Olympics?
Anyone can join individually or even Fun Runs or Marathons can send their total kilometres. So please send me an email at pessam(at)bigpond.net.au if you would like to join and perhaps help make a difference.