Run for the Mountains

Team Fundraising Goal: $15,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 89
Total Value of Gifts: $9,295.40

Recent Donors

Ted Boettner

Deegans Judy Dixon

Ron & Lucie Refsland

Ed Maguire II



Barbara Steinke



Jeff Larson

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The New York City Marathon?! I never expected to run in this race. So when my boss sent an email to see if I would like to participate to support The Nature Conservancy's work, I laughed. I laughed not because I don't like to run. I have been running since I was 12 years old. I laughed because I was reading the email on September 2. The race is on November 7. Most people begin marathon training at least 18 weeks before the race. How could I possibly be ready to run in eight weeks?

The race idea planted itself in my feet. Within a few days, I watched my feet pick up the pace to a steady rhythmic run. All rational, practical thoughts about the inability to train in such a short time period were stomped out. The decision was made. Yes to eight weeks of sweating through West Virginia's mountainous roads and trails! Yes to eight weeks of sore quads, sore hamstrings, and aching heels! And yes to knitting together two of my great loves: running and working to conserve some of the most stunning natural areas in the Central Appalachian Mountains.

I could not turn down the honor of running with The Nature Conservancy's marathon team to raise money for the Conservancy's good work.

And it is an honor. The Nature Conservancy is made up of amazingly dedicated, inspirational, and creative staff, volunteers, and members. Though I have been working for this organization for over five years, I am still in awe of their successes. One of my colleagues led the way to conserving thousands of acres of forest in the New River Gorge, including the well-known scene on the "tails" side of the West Virginia quarter. Another colleague worked with partners to see much of the view seen from the Cass Scenic Railroad protected for families to enjoy for generations. And their work - like the hard work of all of my Conservancy colleagues - is protecting habitat for plants and wildlife seen and unseen, like rare and delicate orchids, black bear, Indiana bats, and beautiful Cerulean warblers.

So please do me the honor of pledging to support my 26.2 mile Run for the Mountains in New York City this November. We have raised over $7000 to date! And every dollar is easing the pain in my legs, putting a spring in my step, and fueling The Nature Conservancy's incredible action to see those landscapes that we love - from Canaan Valley to the Ohio River to the mountains that my family first climbed as children - conserved for all to enjoy tomorrow.

Your gift will bring me across the finish line. (I may not be able to walk once I finish, but I will finish!)

So do as I did after reading about the marathon opportunity. Don't think. Just run. Run to your credit card or checkbook. Pledge right now. Make your gift online by clicking on the "Make a Donation" link to the right of this letter, or mail a check to:

The Nature Conservancy
PO Box 250
Elkins, WV 26241
Please note on the memo line: NYC Marathon Fund-Beth Wheatley

As I hobble along on mile 23, 24, 25, and 26, I will think of you. And I will smile and thank you for making my decision to run for West Virginia's mountains worthwhile.

In pain and appreciation,

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