Sam Weis 30th Birthday 30k Challenge!
As some of you may know/remember, Sam XC skis his new age each year on his birthday, which is January 15th. Since he won’t be able to carry on this tradition this year, I thought he would be really excited to see his friends and supporters take on this challenge on his behalf.
Now, if you’re starting to do the math in your head… yes, 30k is 18.6 miles. It’s no joke. This is definitely going to be a challenge, but you have 22 days to prepare for it and I know you can do it. Here is what I am thinking:
A little background info & inspiration....
You guys, I am so excited right now.
And considering that this has been easily within the top five worst weeks of my/our lives, excitement feels GOOOOD.
This week, an old friend sent us one of the most touching notes Sam and I have ever received. Well, we actually received so many touching notes this week, but this one really stood out. Here is part of it:
A few years ago, I remember seeing pictures of you guys on facebook conquering the most amazing athletic feats in the most beautiful places in the world...I had recently come out of a 3 year relationship and remember saying, "I want a partnership like Jenny and Sam. I want a life partner who will take on crazy adventures to see beautiful places with me and encourage me to seek out athletic challenges to see the most remote and beautiful places, and who just makes me the happiest I've ever been." You and Sam, without knowing, gave me so much hope that I could find a partner to take on life adventures in the best and worst of times. I am getting married [to my fiancé in 2016], who is exactly that person. I think about you and Sam often and how you live in the present- milking every moment, seeing and enjoying the beauty of this world together- where ever you are! So basically- you guys are rock stars and you inspire me everyday.
Wow, right? We were floored and so heartened by this story. I was so excited to share it with Sam because he LOVES to inspire people to get outdoors and experience more of what our natural world has to offer. As an environmentalist, he always prioritizes enjoying the places he/we works to protect. And, his passion for the outdoors completely changed my otherwise quite sedentary life. That is why I'm so excited for the #30forSam challenge and hope you'll consider joining me.