That Time goodr Decided to Woo Me Back!

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Great news all! Less than 24 hours after my quirky courtship email to goodr went in, I received the thrilling, heart-pounding human response back:

Hi Rachel‍,

SQUAWWWK! Thanks for reaching out! You sound like a great candidate for ambassadrship!

Currently, the 2019 Ambassadr program is closed…our Flamboyance was chosen earlier this year, but don’t let that get you down, there’s always hope for next year! Applications will open again in December.

Be sure to sign up for our email list and follow our Facebook page to get updates on product, fun runs, and next year’s ambassador program. We love what you’re doing!

Thank you for the goodr love!
Katie

These are definitely my people, you guys. <3‍

That Time I Decided to Woo goodr

It’s thick in the season of gaining and renewing ambassadorships and as usual, I got really gung-hoe about collecting as many badass ambassadorships as I could.

This year, I’m thrilled to have rejoined with Ragnar and to have re-finagled TransRockies Run (that was a tricky one this time around, my bad Houda). And I’m waiting to hear back on some other, super exciting ones.

That’s when I realized that if I’m going to sell myself for swag, why not see about the one company that makes a product I wear constantly…inside and outside…to a fault (but not to bed, at least, because that’s ouchie. And weird.).

The product to which I refer is sunglasses and even when I’m not wearing them on my face, I’m wearing them on top of my head to keep my hair out of my eyes.

Furthermore, I’m a die-hard goodr girl. And all the rainbowy colors make it that much worse for me not to spend money in running stores because I can’t resist their fun colors at only $25.

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Thank you for this borrowed photo, Running NW. I appreciate you.

And why not? goodr goes everywhere with me. EVERY. WHERE.

See? goodr goes running with donkeys and runs the Grand Canyon and hangs out with Ultra Dirt Divas in Moab and makes stupid faces at Ragnar and goes on river trips in Idaho and goes on snowshoe adventures. Just look at all the places goodr goes!

In other words, I’m perfect for this ambassador job. It could be and should be a beautifully symbiotic relationship.

So imagine my sadness when I visited the goodr website and discovered they weren’t taking applications for ambassadors right now! WHAT!?

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But listen, a blocked path has never kept me from trying.

Full disclosure: I definitely went into full stalker status when I was trying to land my first entry level job in my field. And guess what, haters? It totally worked. Eventually. Over a year later.

But this isn’t work, it’s love. So I decided, that like any human in love, I should do my due diligence and begin a courtship.

So here goes nothing. I’m popping off this email to some goodr wizard on the other end of the internets somewhere and my fingers are crossed for a quick reply.

(But not so quick as that time I asked Salomon to sponsor me, when an obvious robot responded and I realized no human actually read, nor appreciated my eloquent, yet quirky email to them. I’m still pissed about that, by the way.)

Subject: goodr, will you go out with me?

Hiya!

I found the ambassador page and I also found that the ambassador program is closed right now. I’m curious to know when it opens again because in the past 2-ish years, I’ve been an exclusive goodr sunglasses girl, which is actually saying a lot because I only got Lasik 4 years ago and couldn’t wear sunglasses before that (stupid regular glasses only), so I’m obsessed with and basically can’t stop collecting sunglasses (i.e., goodr sunglasses and nothing else at this point, and I can prove it).

So obviously, I’d be super pumped to be an ambassador. I’m already repping goodr at donkey races, Leadville Race Series races, on epic river trips, Ragnar, Grand Canyon runs, TransRockies Run (I wear my 2018 TRR goodrs more than any others). My goodrs go on adventures, on training runs, snowshoeing, to visit my mother, etc. I’m rarely seen without them and even when it isn’t sunny, they rest on the top of my head (notoriously).

Since I write a trail running blog, I thought it might be fun to do a goodr series…where will my goodrs go next (2020 is shaping up to be another epic adventure year…my first time to Zion, for example). But this is where it would be extra special if goodr agreed to go out with me, so you can join the fun.

Anyway, I hope this reaches someone who likes it and if nothing else, I simply hope for the approximate date of the ambassador application opening and then consideration for a job I’m happy to pretty much continue doing for as long as the sun keeps shining (or as long as I have hair that my goodrs can help keep out of my eyes during shady times).

Just so you know I’m serious, here’s the link to the blog I already wrote about my first attempt at wooing you! https://lightningpickles.wordpress.com/2019/10/31/that-time-i-decided-to-woo-goodr/

Thanks!

Rachel

Fingers crossed, folks. This is my jam, I know it is.

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Update: within minutes a robot did reply to me, but not to shoot me down like the Salomon robot did, but instead with the promise of a real human to respond in a couple days! And guess what? That robot writes just as unconventionally as I do and I’d expect nothing less:

Hello!

Your request has been received by the goodr Customer Happiness and Wellness Team. Though we are often very busy flying in to provide a pre-bonk banana to someone in the middle of an ultra, we’ll get back to you in within 2 business days with a good(r) solution to make you happy.

If you have additional comments to add, please reply to this email.

Stay tuned!

 

Trailhead Break-In Vigilante

Disclaimer: This isn’t the smartest or safest thing to do when you stumble on someone breaking into your car, I realize that. But when you’re wrapping up a 10-mile run, and get slapped in the face by the adrenaline of actually witnessing your car window smashed and your valuables stolen, some people (not me because I’m kinda wimpy and easily frightened and easily injured) might take matters into their own hands because there’s no time for anything else. 

But also, this goes without saying I hope, please don’t try this at home. You follow?

This is a story about a guy who went full-on cowboy on some assholes breaking into cars at a trailhead the other day.

I’m writing his story for all our different run and mountain bike communities to enjoy a little vengeance for once…with his permission, of course.

And with names and locations omitted because…well…he may have broken a few laws trying to get his shit back from assholes.

For anyone who’s had their car broken-into at a trailhead. Or for anyone who’s had to worry about their car getting broken into at a trailhead because it happens so often.

This story’s for you.

And for me.

 

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My car at the Green Mountain Lakewood Florida lot on June 24, 2016, sans a complete window, but with a freshly bejeweled driver’s seat, and me in the background trying not to cry while on the phone.

 

Here we go. Fasten your seatbelts ladies and gents!

For the sake of legal protection, we’ll call our hero “Eastwood” because his candor, grit, and vigilantism aligns perfectly with Clint Eastwood himself, the baddest ass cowboy extraordinaire.

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Eastwood’s an ultra runner, training for LT100 with a full-time job plus lots of overtime and a family, which he graciously refuses to compromise for his training.

Because he’s a good dude.

So naturally, because of all his responsibilities, he runs at the butt crack of dawn.

And that’s the ideal time of day for desperate assholes to prey on parked cars at trailheads, as we all know well, unfortunately.

Eastwood’s wrapping up his 10-mile run and is within sight of his truck parked on the side of the road at the trailhead. He notices something suspicious.

There’s another car parked across the street from his truck and in between the two, another vehicle is just hanging in the road. Not parked and not parking.

Eastwood’s cowboy hunting instincts kick in and luckily, he’s blessed with better fast-twitch muscle fibers than I am, enabling him to start hauling-ass to get back to his truck before this suspicious car goes anywhere.

This is about the time he sees a guy smash his window, get into his truck, get back into the car, and the car taking off.

Not today.

Eastwood drops into an even faster pace, is now sprinting, reaches his truck, jumps onto a seat-full of glass, and takes off after the car.

Think about it. How often, really, are we close enough to actually witness the break-in AND fast enough to get there in time?

When it happened to me, I simply returned to a broken, rifled-through car and felt like shit for the rest of the day….week….month.

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But this isn’t my story, it’s Eastwood’s and he’s a fucking badass.

So yes, now Eastwood is engaged in a full-speed car chase.

And those of us who’ve experienced a trailhead break-in (or any break-in) are thinking, “yeah, Eastwood, go get those motherfuckers!”

He’s able to corner the bandit car in a parking lot. The car is wedged into the corner and Eastwood’s truck is positioned diagonally so they can’t get out.

The other driver sees an opening tries to shimmy around Eastwood’s truck and a tree, at which point Eastwood throws the truck into reverse and slams on the gas trying to pin the car against the tree and stop them.

Adrenaline so high, he’s willing to wreck his truck for vengeance.

He missed by a hair and away they went.

The good news there is he only has to fix a broken window and not a crushed back-end, I guess.

Also, it would’ve been so awesome if he’d been able to stop those assholes and had gotten to witness their arrests.

Meanwhile, Eastwood had been asking other drivers to call the police because Tweedledee Thief 1 and Tweedledee Thief 2, of course, had stolen his phone.

So now we get to the cops.

When this happened to me, it was such a low priority to the Jeffco police, that they put me on a waiting list to be called back.

And the best way I can describe their general sense of urgency was as a sleepy “meh.”

Because….

This shit happens all the time.

And when it happened to me, they hit the Green Mountain Florida lot, then the Rooney lot, then Mt. Falcon, and finished their little thieving tour at Lair o the Bear.

By the end of the day, between the trail running and mountain biking communities, we had zeroed in on the suspects’ vehicle make and model and the suspects’ descriptions. I believe we even had a license plate number, but I can’t remember now.

Nothing came of it because in order for anything to happen to these asshole people, the cops needed more than those things apparently.

But it is a fascinating observation into the sociology behind break-ins and social media groups. I very much value the sense of community and camaraderie in our local trail communities.

So back to Eastwood.

He had 3-4 people call the cops for him while he was in active pursuit of his stolen goods and the assholes who did the stealing.

And what became of those calls?

Cops showed up at Eastwood’s house and started questioning Mrs. Eastwood for being involved in a crime.

Somehow she’s become some sort of suspect in this?

Really?

*facepalm*

*double fucking facepalm*

Now, after 20-30 minutes of chasing these fuckers around town, some of Eastwood’s adrenaline wore off and he realized he should probably stop being a vigilante and just go to the police about this.

(By this point in the story, I’m starting to feel grateful that no one appears to have any weapons to use on each other.)

Eastwood’s experience with the cops was about the same as mine…a “meh” because again, this happens all the time.

“Well, if it happens all the time, shouldn’t we start to do something about it?”

His question fell on deaf ears.

But not first without a stern scolding and a light threat about how Eastwood had decided to go on a high-speed car chase and how his vigilantism was dangerous and stupid and therefore, yes, reckless endangerment, something, something.

Fair enough.

Next up, find my iPhone.

Just like the real Clint Eastwood, our hero has enough grit to commit some reckless endangerment, but he also has a highly intelligent brain muscle and decided to use it to try to get his stuff back by other means…less dangerous means, ideally.

Upon checking find my iPhone, he sees his phone is moving and like a scene out of any of the Lethal Weapon movies, excitedly he slams his palm down on the table and says, “Let’s go get ’em!”

And away he goes, this time with Mrs. Eastwood behind the wheel, off to get the bad guys, once again.

They arrive at the location where phone is said to be and of course, Eastwood expects to reunite with the car whose back-end he’s become intimately familiar, having chased it all over town.

Instead, he finds another vehicle.

A fucking mountain bike.

Tweedledee Thief 1 and Tweedledee Thief 2 had tossed the phone out the window and a mountain biker passerby found it and picked it up.

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But yay for Eastwood! Now he’s reunited with his phone!

His smashed phone.

His phone he’ll have to replace anyway.

Meanwhile, a cop did track down the thieves, thanks to all Eastwood’s efforts to get their license plates called in.

Unfortunately, the cop who caught them isn’t gifted with Eastwood’s fast-twitch muscles either and they got away on foot.

So the lame ending to this story is that Eastwood spent the rest of the day and part of the next day dealing with the consequences of the break-in. He had to replace his driver’s license, cancel all his credit cards, replace his phone, and get his truck scheduled for a new window.

The thieves made $150 off him maybe and yet, he’s paying easily quadruple that in deductible and phone replacement costs.

Not to mention the idiotic waste of time he’s enduring trying to deal with all the shit you have to do with when someone decides they deserve the contents of your vehicle more than you do.

As I mentioned earlier, the guy works hard and a lot, he has a family, he doesn’t want to spend one second picking up the pieces of yet another trailhead break-in, let alone a day and a half.

And there’s also the residual violated shit feeling that hangs out inside us for days, weeks, months, years after a break-in that feels like something between anger and sadness…or both mixed together.

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I still can’t park my car at a trailhead without feeling that feeling and without having at least one moment of worry while I’m out running or riding.

Anyway, I hope this story about an adrenaline-fueled trail runner who decided to get his shit back from trailhead thieves brings a little light into your day.

Maybe the next vigilante trail goer will actually catch the fuckers.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the car they were driving was stolen too.

Hunter Goes for Leadville, Part 7: Go Hunter GO!

Hunter Goes for Leadville, Part 7: Go Hunter GO!

I appreciate everyone’s support of this epic young man so very much.

So just to recap, here’s all the crazy awesome stuff that Hunter has in store for his year.

This year, he’s running Carbon Valley for the second time on Saturday, May 11, 2019, which happens to be Mother’s Day weekend, which is so appropriate for Monica.

Monica is a dedicated and hard-working mom who keeps herself up-to-date on the latest options, studies, and breakthroughs in autism, so she can help Hunter any way she can.

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She claims not to be a runner, and yet, she runs the half marathon every year. She says, “Hunter doesn’t get to quit when it’s hard, so neither do I.”

Next, Hunter will be running the Leadville Heavy Half Marathon on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Heavy Half also happens to be on Father’s Day weekend, which is appropriate for Will, since he’ll be out there running with Hunter, as always.

I plan to write another blog detailing Hunter’s race day in Leadville, but if you’d like to track him, there will be a link for athlete tracking on the race website.

I love it. This year, Hunter gets to run a race for mom and a race for dad.

Finally, Hunter will be running the 2nd Annual Miners Day Burro Race on Saturday, September 21, 2019 with Blaster.

Please check out the list of ways you can support Hunter (below). There are lots of different ways to support him and we appreciate any or all of them!

How to Support Hunter

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Hunter’s loyal entourage. Left to right: Steve, me, Logan, Monica, Will, Hunter, Jaxson, and Brian (easily Hunter’s biggest fan)

There are a number of ways you can support Hunter’s goal. Please pick any or all of the following.

  1. Share this post on social media.
  2. Donate to Hunter’s fundraising page (all donations go to Children’s Hospital Colorado and research through the Autism Treatment Network). Click here to donate.
  3. Join us on Saturday, May 11th for the Fun Run (1 mile), 5k, half marathon relay, or half marathon–so there’s a distance for everyone. Walk, run, or crawl…no excuses! Click here to register.
  4. Don’t like running or walking or crawling? Fair enough. Come volunteer! Click here to sign up.
  5. Hunter’s running the Carbon Valley half again this year! Come cheer for him. The course is easily accessible for spectators. Here’s a map and the race starts at 8:00a, so bring a camping chair to hang out anywhere along the course and just wait for Hunter’s big smile to come along.
  6. Make signs for Hunter’s race to be distributed along the CV race course. Last year he LOVED his signs and took a picture next to each one. Let’s make even more for this year! Email me (rachel.kay.link@gmail.com) if you’re interested in making a sign and I’ll get the signs posted throughout the course beforehand.

Hunter Goes for Leadville, Part 6: John Elway

Hunter Goes for Leadville, Part 6: John Elway

As I started writing this series, I realized I had completely forgotten about Hunter’s hope that the mayor and John Elway would come to last year’s party.

Here’s the actual conversation I had with Will when I remembered this.

Me: REMEMBER HOW HE WANTED US TO INVITE THE MAYOR AND JOHN ELWAY???

Will: Lol. The mayor is probably doable but John Elway probably not.

Me: I’m gonna try anyway.

Will: Lol haha please do.

Me: If I were John Elway and I heard about Hunter and about the fundraising for Children’s, I’d come to the party. I just wish I’d thought of this 6 months ago, since he’s probably already busy next weekend.

So then this happened.

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And now I’m writing about it, which means Google didn’t produce John’s personal cell phone number or email address for some reason.

If you see this blog and you know John personally, please ask him to come to Hunter’s party after the race. We’d love to have him.

How to Support Hunter

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Hunter’s loyal entourage. Left to right: Steve, me, Logan, Monica, Will, Hunter, Jaxson, and Brian (easily Hunter’s biggest fan)

There are a number of ways you can support Hunter’s goal. Please pick any or all of the following.

  1. Share this post on social media.
  2. Donate to Hunter’s fundraising page (all donations go to Children’s Hospital Colorado and research through the Autism Treatment Network). Click here to donate.
  3. Join us on Saturday, May 11th for the Fun Run (1 mile), 5k, half marathon relay, or half marathon–so there’s a distance for everyone. Walk, run, or crawl…no excuses! Click here to register.
  4. Don’t like running or walking or crawling? Fair enough. Come volunteer! Click here to sign up.
  5. Hunter’s running the Carbon Valley half again this year! Come cheer for him. The course is easily accessible for spectators. Here’s a map and the race starts at 8:00a, so bring a camping chair to hang out anywhere along the course and just wait for Hunter’s big smile to come along.
  6. Make signs for Hunter’s race to be distributed along the CV race course. Last year he LOVED his signs and took a picture next to each one. Let’s make even more for this year! Email me (rachel.kay.link@gmail.com) if you’re interested in making a sign and I’ll get the signs posted throughout the course beforehand.

Hunter Goes for Leadville, Part 5: Heavy Half

Hunter Goes for Leadville, Part 5: Heavy Half

I talked about Leadville a little bit already, but since this is Hunter’s main focus this year, it deserves its own, dedicated description.

I remember when I first started tackling the half marathon distance and my runner buddy, who’d been able to convince me to do all kinds of crazy races already, tried suggesting the Leadville Heavy Half.

Without hesitation I sad, “15.5 miles up in Leadville? Absolutely not. That’s just crazy.”

And then, a couple months later, here we are on Mosquito Pass, climbing to the highest point of the course.

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So Hunter has his sights set on this thing. This is what the course profile looks like. It’s nuts.

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Undeniably nuts.

Just look at this thing.

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Most years, because the race is relatively early in the season and goes to such a high elevation, race volunteers have to go dig out the highest part of the course because it’s still under several feet of snow leading up to race day.

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I like this picture because it does the course justice. It gets pretty steep in places.

But you take it one step at a time and eventually, you get to the top of Mosquito Pass at 13,185 feet.

Ken Chlouber, founder of the Leadville Trail 100 hangs out at the top, cheers on runners, and takes pictures with them next to the sign.

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Hunter will have to get his iconic top-of-Mosquito-Pass picture with Ken.

And then you get to go down. And as you go down, you get to look a this.

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The view alone is worth every ounce of the challenging high-altitude climb to the top.

It’s beyond worth it.

And with Hunter’s bottomless physical energy, he’ll get it done and then he’ll run around in circles at the finish line while the rest of us sit down for a beer, exhausted!

How to Support Hunter

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Hunter’s loyal entourage. Left to right: Steve, me, Logan, Monica, Will, Hunter, Jaxson, and Brian (easily Hunter’s biggest fan)

There are a number of ways you can support Hunter’s goal. Please pick any or all of the following.

  1. Share this post on social media.
  2. Donate to Hunter’s fundraising page (all donations go to Children’s Hospital Colorado and research through the Autism Treatment Network). Click here to donate.
  3. Join us on Saturday, May 11th for the Fun Run (1 mile), 5k, half marathon relay, or half marathon–so there’s a distance for everyone. Walk, run, or crawl…no excuses! Click here to register.
  4. Don’t like running or walking or crawling? Fair enough. Come volunteer! Click here to sign up.
  5. Hunter’s running the Carbon Valley half again this year! Come cheer for him. The course is easily accessible for spectators. Here’s a map and the race starts at 8:00a, so bring a camping chair to hang out anywhere along the course and just wait for Hunter’s big smile to come along.
  6. Make signs for Hunter’s race to be distributed along the CV race course. Last year he LOVED his signs and took a picture next to each one. Let’s make even more for this year! Email me (rachel.kay.link@gmail.com) if you’re interested in making a sign and I’ll get the signs posted throughout the course beforehand.

Hunter Goes for Leadville, Part 4: A Donkey Named Burrito

Hunter Goes for Leadville, Part 4: A Donkey Named Burrito

After Carbon Valley, months after in fact, Hunter was still talking nonstop about running, the Leadville Heavy Half, ultramarathons, etc.

And then something awesome happened.

Brad and Amber Wann, these two donkey-lovin’ and incredible humans, brought burro racing to Hunter’s stompin’ grounds.

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They added the 1st Annual Burro Race to the events surrounding Frederick’s Miners Day, which already has a 5k run.

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Amber Wann “haulin’-ass” into the finish line.

So, the Vickers family ran the 5k and then, partly because Steve and I were running it, Will and Hunter stuck around to watch the donkey race after.

They picked a very unique spectator spot: a curve in the bike path that enters a tunnel.

A few things about these donkeys:

  1. They usually run on trails in the mountains, where their biggest issue is getting rocks stuck in their feet and crossing bridges—bridges scare them.
  2. They don’t see the same as we do, so certain things, like bridges, tunnels, trash cans, anything with a significant shadow, etc. make them nervous and they may refuse to continue forward. A tunnel looks like a big, scary, black abyss to them.
  3. They rarely have to run on concrete, so the fact that this course is almost all concrete meant that a lot of donkeys didn’t want to run or wanted to run in the weeds beside the bike path.

So. Will and Hunter were at one of the most challenging spots on the course because we, the runners, were expecting the donkeys to funnel onto the concrete and pass through a long tunnel.

Low and behold, the donkeys really didn’t want to.

Hunter got to watch A LOT of donkeys protesting and refusing to go into the tunnel and he wanted more than anything to help get them going again.

And thus began Hunter’s newest running love: the donkey race.

Which is actually so cool because donkeys have been found to make great companions for folks on the autism spectrum.

Donkeys and Autism

My interest in burro racing began as I was hiking with my friend Becki on Mount Galbraith for her hubby’s 50th birthday. Becki is a badass ultrarunner with more compassion for other people than you’re likely to find in anyone else.

She started telling me about her newest running goal, and I expected to hear about some crazy-hard 100-mile race.

Instead, she started talking about this article she read.

This article. Read it. Read it now. It’s so good.

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About burro racer Hal Walter, who discovered that donkeys have a knack for helping kids with autism because his son Harrison is on the spectrum and Hal’s donkeys, who’ve confused him with their stubborn nature for years, just seemed to “get” Harrison.

Maybe it’s because autism creates a lot of sensory challenges and donkeys are sensory-driven animals.

Maybe it’s because donkeys share so many stubborn traits as humans and since folks with autism see things from a different perspective, they figure out how to better communicate with donkeys.

Or maybe it’s just something we’ll never understand.

“As social creatures, donkeys are very aware of their environment and the people within it.” said Caron Whaley, Director of donkey-assisted therapy at The Donkey Sanctuary. “I have witnessed sessions where people that may struggle to communicate or connect emotionally with another human somehow seem to be able to connect with our donkeys.” (Source: Donkey ‘Therapy’ Helps Autistic Young Woman Tune Into The World Around Her, by Nisha Kotecha)

Nonetheless, when kids with autism hang out with donkeys, they feel calmer…even after they’ve gone home.

So finding out from Will that Hunter wanted so badly to run the next Frederick Burro Race, I immediately connected him with Amber Wann to see about taking Hunter for a donkey training run.

Amber’s family is actually mentioned in the New York Times article.

Brad and Amber have a son, Ben, with epilepsy, which has created similar struggles for him as does autism for other kids.

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And spending time with burros has helped Ben manage his epilepsy.

In fact, Ben participates in burro races himself, with his donkey Burrito.

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Which also means that Brad and Amber have a soft spot for kids who can benefit from being around their donkeys. Kids like Hunter.

When I connected with Amber, she worked with Will’s schedule to plan a training run just so he and Hunter could give donkey running a try. She even planned for Will and Hunter to run with Ben’s donkey Burrito because Burrito is already so comfortable running with kids.

And since we weren’t sure how Hunter would handle a donkey, should it refuse to run, Amber gave Burrito two lead ropes: one for Hunter and one for Will.

This day was epic. Under blue skies, Hunter and Will practiced running with Burrito for 6 miles on South Table Mountain in Golden.

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Hunter had a blast and did an awesome job with Burrito.

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And so Hunter’s committed to the 2nd Annual Miners Day Burro race in September, where he’ll get to run with Blaster, the Colorado School of Mines mascot, who runs the length of the football field on game day.

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Hunter’s 2019 race season is shaping up nicely: Carbon Valley, Leadville Heavy Half, and Frederick Miner’s Day Burro Race.

I think I’m more excited about his race season than my own!

How to Support Hunter

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Hunter’s loyal entourage. Left to right: Steve, me, Logan, Monica, Will, Hunter, Jaxson, and Brian (easily Hunter’s biggest fan)

There are a number of ways you can support Hunter’s goal. Please pick any or all of the following.

  1. Share this post on social media.
  2. Donate to Hunter’s fundraising page (all donations go to Children’s Hospital Colorado and research through the Autism Treatment Network). Click here to donate.
  3. Join us on Saturday, May 11th for the Fun Run (1 mile), 5k, half marathon relay, or half marathon–so there’s a distance for everyone. Walk, run, or crawl…no excuses! Click here to register.
  4. Don’t like running or walking or crawling? Fair enough. Come volunteer! Click here to sign up.
  5. Hunter’s running the Carbon Valley half again this year! Come cheer for him. The course is easily accessible for spectators. Here’s a map and the race starts at 8:00a, so bring a camping chair to hang out anywhere along the course and just wait for Hunter’s big smile to come along.
  6. Make signs for Hunter’s race to be distributed along the CV race course. Last year he LOVED his signs and took a picture next to each one. Let’s make even more for this year! Email me (rachel.kay.link@gmail.com) if you’re interested in making a sign and I’ll get the signs posted throughout the course beforehand.