Trans-Pecos Ultra 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Fundraiser supporting "Outdoor Youth Leadership Camp in Big Bend!"
-A Message from the RD
TPU is a unique event that breaks people from the highly stressful 9-5 urban lifestyle to experience nature and the power of a shared purpose - food, shelter, and camaraderie. It has always been a dream of mine to start a charity but it's only until recently that the pieces have come together. My vision is to create an annual outdoor youth leadership experience in Big Bend to connect, educate and prepare young minds for the future. The aim would be to connect local youth in the Big Bend area with their urban counterparts in a non-judgmental, outdoor learning environment.
As the youngest child of a divorced family, I struggled to find peers throughout primary school, carried a low-self esteem and developed a poor body image. In subsequnt years, this translated into alcohol abuse and eventually social anxiety. While these and other struggles remain a part of me, I'm blessed to have the support of a BIG and loving family, friends, and perhaps most importantly, the faith to find solace in the great outdoors.
TPU has confirmed in me the concept that the outdoor world provides a living laboratory for adventure and personal discovery. It is with this in mind that I have set my goal for this event to give back to those around me by developing an outdoor youth leadership experience. After literally moving homes every 1-3 years since I was 5 years old, it's with great enthusiasm that I announce Big Bend as my home. And it's with even greater joy that I announce Big Bend as a place to reflect on life and connect with people for the greater good of humanity. Sometimes a simple existence is simply perfect. That is what TPU means to me and that is what TPU offers to those who participate and volunteer each year.
So this year it's time to officially give back. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $5,000 through donations made on behalf of a TPU2018 participate or general donations made to this campaign by Aug 1st, 2018. With this message, I commit to give back 100% of these funds to launch a new annual outdoor youth leadership experience in Big Bend!
To support our youth leadership camp you can either 1) register for TPU and share this page to start collecting a minimum of $500 in donations or 2) simply give to this campaign by clickign the 'DONATE NOW' link and follow the prompts.
If you have any question or comments - or just want to chat about Big Bend - give me a call!
Creator / Race Director