RACE DAY WAS MAY 18, BUT THE FUNDRAISING CONTINUES THROUGH JUNE 20. THERE IS STILL TIME TO REACH OUR GOAL! WE NEED A GRASSROOTS MIRACLE; SMALL DONATIONS FROM LARGE NUMBERS WILL DO IT!
2014 BEAT THE BRIDGE RACE DAY RESULTS
On Sunday, May 18, The Lancet Liberator and his team ran the Nordstrom Beat The Bridge To Beat Diabetes 8K race in Seattle. On race day The Lancet Liberators held first place for team fundraising with a team total of $75,332. That's over 75% of the goal we set for ourselves! Beyond supporting research that will vastly improve the lives of those with T1D, when fundraising closes on June 20th the grand total raised by our team is going to set a high water mark for future Beat The Bridge teams to shoot for. Sponsoring our team this year will pay dividends to JDRF for years to come.
The credit for this incredible achievement goes entirely to you! Here's to all who are rallying behind our team and giving what they can. Our sponsors have made single donations ranging from $3 to $5000. We are tremendously grateful for each and every one -- all of them are making a difference. If you did not get around to sponsoring us before the race but would like to join our winning team now, donations are being accepted until June 20th. All donations made before this date will be added to our team's total and move us closer to the $100,000 mark.
Thanks again for the wonderful thing you are doing for Owen, for JDRF, and for all those with T1D who are going to benefit from your kindness and generosity!
Jason (aka "The Lancet Liberator"), Jessica, Owen and Miles Pollard
TOP 5 EXPLANATIONS FOR THE LANCET LIBERATOR'S RIDICULOUSLY SLOW RACE TIME
Last Sunday The Lancet Liberator posted a heroically unimpressive time, placing 3622 out of 4044 finishers. Why did a self-proclaimed superhero bring up the rear? There are many potential explanations -- take your pick:
- TECHNOLOGY LIMITATIONS: Timing chip technology can not handle my incredible speed. I actually ran the 8K course twice. I crossed the finish line the first time at a 2 minute/mile pace -- much too fast for the sensors to detect. Midway through the next loop around the course I slowed down just enough for sensors pick up my 16K time when I crossed the finish line the second time.
- LACK OF SPECIFICITY: The course crosses two drawbridges -- the Montlake bridge (about 100 yards from the starting line) and the University bridge (several miles from there). It's called the "Beat The Bridge" race, not the "Beat The University Bridge" race! If they named the thing appropriately I wouldn't have slowed to celebration/wave-at-fans pace after I crossed the Montlake bridge 45 seconds into the run.
- LAWS OF PHYSICS: I have what might be called an "ample" midsection. There's no stopping this gut once it gains momentum, but overcoming the inertia of my belly-at-rest requires a little extra time.
- WARDROBE MALFUNCTION: It's a fashion faux pas for superheroes to have panty lines, so beneath my costume I wear something called a "dance belt." That's just a fancy ballet name for "male thong." Have you ever tried running an 8K fast while wearing a thong? I didn't think so.
- I'M NOT IN VERY GOOD SHAPE: I suppose my race performance might have a little something to do with this as well.
THE LANCET LIBERATOR STORY
Most know me as a mild-mannered and somewhat paunchy guy that for almost 15 years has been living a simple and quiet life in Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood. But few know my alter ego -- The Lancet Liberator.
The Lancet Liberator is a superhero (a B-list one for sure, but a superhero all the same). He first appeared in the summer of 2011, when one of my then 3 year old twin boys, Owen, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). My inability to fulfill Owen's simple request that I make his diabetes "go away" triggered inside of me a Bruce-Banner-into-The-Hulk-like transformation that occurs every spring. But instead of becoming green and muscular, the Lancet Liberator has different powers -- an ability to run heroically slowly, and an insatiable appetite for seeking people to join him in raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
The 2014 Beat The Bridge To Beat Diabetes race on Sunday, May 18, will be the Lancet Liberator's third consecutive running since Owen's diagnosis. It also will be his last, as in July we are moving to Maine. For his team to succeed, the Lancet Liberator needs people to rally behind him locally, nationally and internationally. He needs your support (yes, you!). To sponsor him with a donation to JDRF click the blue "DONATE" button (above left). Also, please visit, like and share the Lancet Liberator's Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/lancetliberator) to learn more and help word of this fundraising effort spread far and wide.
There are lots of worthy causes deserving your support, and the effort to cure and prevent T1D is just one of them. However, it is certain that the world will be a better place without T1D -- better for Owen, better for roughly 3 million other Americans with T1D, and better for the 80 children and adults newly diagnosed with this life-altering disease every day. Please join the Lancet Liberator in working to fulfill Owen's wish for his diabetes to go away.
In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled. The Lancet Liberator occasionally trains in costume around Seattle. If you see him, give him a cheer!