The fact that this isn't her first time running for 24 hours straight on a treadmill should already tell you a lot about Emily. This in fact is her second time around. The first time she accomplished such a feat was about two years ago. She ran for The Soujourner Center in Phoenix, AZ to raise funds and awareness for the thousands of women and children who are affected by domestic violence. She is probably one of the most physically fit individuals you might ever meet but will be the last person to brag about her amazing ability of endurance running.
From what we understand, Emily made the last 100 miler look easy. Here is a glimpse from that day...
"Em was all about the run; all about The Sojourner Center. She was doing all she could to raise funds and awareness for them. She is the most physically fit person I have personally met and known. She made that 100 mile run look like an easy downhill 10K. But aside from the physicality, her determination, focus, and dedication, her heart was what was so amazing. Running is hard. Running at the 16 hour mark is crazy and ridiculously difficult. Running at the 22.5 hour mark causes one to think "Is this really happening right now? This isn't real." Though in all of those moments, at all of her check points, her smile never left her. Her spirits were up and so was her energy. She talked and joked with everyone that came up to chat. Complete strangers were in disbelief and couldn't get over the fact that she'd already been running for that amount of time. To have the opportunity to witness something like that first hand is awesome! You could feel the love and the amazing energy that is EMZ and I will be forever grateful for the experience of being there."
We all know how hard running is and yet she is again preparing for an encore performance for Effect International and their efforts of providing a quality education to the children of India. We think it's amazing, superhuman, and selfless to share your talents in such a way that will benefit the lives of others. She has a wonderful family. The love and support that is shown by them provides a glimpse of their solid bond and the characteristics that Emily so openly displays in her service to help others. They are always ready to do what is necessary to help Emily succeed. Could we expect anything less?
We don't imagine that this time around will be any less amazing and an awe-inspiring experience for everyone who will be in attendance. To accomplish such a big task takes time, patience, and sacrifice. Aside from the physical requirements and the toll this will take on Emily's body, there are also the intangibles that one must have internally to build up the motivation, the determination, the drive, and the reason to push through when it gets tough. We all have our reasons for doing certain things but by her actions, Emily shows in this case that the intangible and powerful driver that pushes her is love. Love is a motivator of action.
We applaud you for your display of selflessness and your willingness to support such a worthy cause. We are glad that we can be a part of it. We look forward to cheering you on and experiencing it first hand. You are IKUNA. #iamikuna
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