Dam-tot-Damloop 2022

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On September 18thd one of the biggest running events in the world will take place again in Amsterdam: the Dam tot Damloop! Fifty thousand runners are able to participate in the 35th edition of the Dam tot Damloop on Sunday 18 September. What makes this event so special are the great atmosphere, the unique passage through the IJtunnel, it being one of the biggest business runs in the world, and the start and finish are located in two different cities.The main distance is 10 English Mile.

This year Habitat will bring a running team to the start for the sixth time: 20 people will run and raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Netherlands.Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action worldwide.

You can help! Run the Dam-tot-Damloop in our team and mobilize your network to sponsor you. Combine being active with a fundraiser! Click Join the team and run for Habitat!

All team members are asked for a registration fee of € 25 and to raise funds for Habitat, a minimum target of another € 225 for one of our projects. We will arrange your starting ticket, you will get a Habitat running shirt and ofcourse we will help you with all information, tips and tricks needed to raise sponsors!

Want to know more about the Dam tot Damloop? Please check https://www.damloop.com/news

What are we running for?
As you know, Habitat builds houses, because we believe that a safe house is the basis for a better future. More than 39 million people already live in a Habitat house, but there is still a lot more to do: 1 in every 5 people in the world still lives in a slum!

With the Damloop donations you support the work of Habitat: much of our work is now focused on providing safe shelter to refugees from Ukraine who fled their own homes because of the war. But we also continue to work in Uganda, for example, where we not only build houses, but also give young people the opportunity to follow vocational training, so that they can provide for their own income and that of their family. We also provide access to clean drinking water and proper toilets. Together we build better lives!

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€15 08-12-2022 | 23:56 To: Sundance #5. Valencia Marathon 2022. Homes for those fleeing Ukraine. Everyone deserves a home and inspired that Jill is running 26k to support this worthy cause
€50 04-12-2022 | 13:33 To: Sundance #5. Valencia Marathon 2022. Homes for those fleeing Ukraine. Congrats Jill to keep running and fundraising!
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You are more.

05-12-2022 | 15:32 Posted on: Sundance #5. Valencia Marathon 2022. Homes for those fleeing Ukraine. So I wasn’t able to cross the finish line this time. I made it to 26k and the race organizers told me to stop. They were opening up the roads to traffic, shutting down aid stations, and I wasn’t fast enough to make the time limit. I was heartbroken. I had come so far. Not just on this particular day, but in my overall marathon training. I had just run 32 kilometers a few weeks earlier. But I’d also be lying if I said I wasn’t also a tiny bit relieved. I had been running faster than I normally do, and was getting a bad headache and stomach cramps at that point. So I had to make a tough call. I promised myself I would listen to my body and stop if I needed to, but I also felt indebted to my friends who had donated money to this whole marathon project. I thought about just running along the sidewalks, and tried that for awhile. That didn’t go so well. I kept having to push my way around crowds, and was hit with walls of cigarette smoke from people outside the bars and cafes. That was awful. I then realized that I didn’t have enough water on me for another 16k in the sun, and I didn’t really know where I was going. I couldn’t see any runners in front of me, and since the race organizers had started taking down the ropes marking off the course, the path forward wasn’t clear anymore. So I called my partner for a second opinion, and eventually decided that the wise thing to do was to just listen to my body and stop. I guess it was time. Still, it hurt. Six months of training, telling just about everyone I know, planning and fundraising had me very committed. It’s hard to trip up when you’re so fully into something. Yet life is all about this. I know this intuitively. I read about the ‘fail forward’ mentality that makes people wiser and businesses stronger. But that doesn’t mean it comes easy and doesn’t sting a little bit in the moment. Anyway, here’s the cool thing:  there is always a silver lining. When my race was over, it gave me extra time to take a shortcut and meet my friend to run him over the finish line. Just like he ran me over my marathon finish line last year in Barcelona. Eventually, everything comes full circle. While calming down and waiting for him to arrive, I also learned a thing or too. I watched as 4 hour marathoners hobbled, struggled and barely made it to the end. Some of them seemed ready to faint. Others took it with pure ease. I smiled when I saw a man from Israel running fast and steady with a pineapple balancing on his head. And I felt humbled watching people run while pushing friends and family members in wheel chairs. We all have our own battles to fight. Some have it easier and some have it harder. And most people are fighting battles I know nothing about. So I’ve decided to be grateful, be kind to myself and feel proud anyway. I also learned that people can see when your heart is in it, and love is stronger than any failure. Thanks to all my friends, colleagues and family members who sent text messages saying, “I’m proud of you anyway’!” And thanks to everyone who donated to Habitat for Humanity’s Ukraine project. Finally, I leave you with this: -You are more than that race. -You are more than your job. -You are more than any goal you set. -Get back up and go for it again, and get busy living and loving.   Until next time, Jill            
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