Hello! My name is Cori and I'm a happily married mom of three little girls residing in Colorado, USA. I'm thrilled to be traveling to England next April to participate in my first marathon - The Virgin Money London Marathon - just shortly after my 44th birthday. I'll be running on behalf of the sponsorship and fundraising I am doing for The Donkey Sanctuary.
Donkeys and running are a very big part of my life. For the past several years, I've been able to combine my passion for animals with my passion for the outdoors by becoming an avid member of The Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation. Pack burro racing is a niche sport which pays tribute and respect to the rich history the burro or donkey played in the Colorado gold and silver rush 150 years ago.
Donkeys love to run and having the privilege to run alongside these animals and earn their trust and companionship has been one of my most rewarding experiences to date. Today, I have four of my own beloved donkeys who have all been rescued from unpleasant circumstances. They now enjoy a safe, fun life of trail running, hiking and a whole lot of ear scratching from my family and me.
I want to fundraise for The Donkey Sanctuary and share my story so that more people can be educated about these wonderful creatures. I believe that the combination of many first-time experiences – first time fundraising, first visit to London and running my first marathon in April - will absolutely become another one of my life’s most rewarding experiences.
Right now, I’m focused on making crafts with my daughters to sell and raise money for The Donkey Sanctuary, including some festive Reindeer Food! We are also planning a fundraising night at a local restaurant and plan to partner with an English bakeshop to make a marathon and donkey-themed cupcakes to sell. Finally, we are partnering with many local stores to feature donation collection boxes on behalf of my fundraising efforts for The Donkey Sanctuary.
My running is going well. I’m averaging about 6 miles for my regular runs and 10 miles run/walk for my long runs. I have long way to go but, luckily I have many friends and co-workers who are long distance runners – burro racers, marathoners and even ultra-marathoners. I’m relying a lot on their expertise, asking a lot of questions and also reading everything I can from training books to running with a zen like attitude.
Thanks for your interest and support for my journey to London next April!