I am not a runner.
Everyone who knows me knows that I am not a runner. In fact I was recently referred to as a stork and a giraffe while running…I don’t think either were meant as compliments. Needless to say, the idea of running a marathon sends shivers up my spine and loyal affirmation toward whoever is attempting it.
Recently I had the privilege of meeting and working with Bret Crock (featured in the picture above). This will be his 11th year running the Leadville 100 to raise support for VisionTrust’s medical services. In case you don’t know what the Leadville 100 is (I had no clue), it’s a trail run climbing 4,000 feet and spanning 100 miles (that’s almost 4 marathons back to back). Runners must complete the race in 30 hours. If you don’t eat correctly during the race, your body literally starts eating itself.
In other words, it’s my worst nightmare and the most intense all-nighter in existence. So obviously my first question when meeting Bret was “why?!?”
It turns out Bret had a legitimate response. He has a passion for running and for helping others, but found himself wondering how he could use those gifts to serve the Lord…until he discovered the Leadville 100. Over the years Bret has raised over $142,000 for kids around the world to receive vital medication and surgeries.
That blows my mind. Bret’s story keeps reminding me that God can and will use the most obscure passions for His glory if we let Him. Whether it’s running, high-flying trampoline-ing or just loving on people, God can use it.
I asked Bret if halfway through the race he wonders, “Why am I doing this?” His response, “Never. I know why I’m doing it.” I want to be like that. I want to do something crazy for the Lord. And when people ask me if I regret it I want to be able to say, “Never, because I know why I’m doing it.”
To learn more about the Crocks, the Leadville 100 or to support Bret in his race go to www.visiontrust.org/bretcrock.