Tag Archive: orphans


Finish Line…Dead Ahead

Running. One foot in front of the other. Sounds easy, right? I’ve done it many times, usually only a few miles at a time. I might have done 10 once or twice…and maybe sometime I’ll give a half-marathon or even a marathon a go…which brings me to exciting news for the day!

If you have followed for any decent stretch, you’ll know that a great friend of mine has been traveling on foot for nearly 8 weeks now, running over a marathon a day nearly the entire time! Mr. Brian Hunter as of his last update was within around 2-3 days from running across the entire country of Mongolia. That’s 1500 miles. He has endured brutal conditions including heavy rain (of liquid and freezing variety), sleet, snow, mountains, hills, dogs…and the Eastern border is in sight!

What’s the purpose of enduring all of this? To raise awareness for the orphaned in the country. How cool is that? He is an inspiration to many and will be completing his physical journey very soon. Here is the deal. The reason for the journey is far from over. The expedition needs your support for two important things.

Support the children of Mongolia…Brian and his family endured some tough conditions. However, the kids live in conditions far worse than they have. They eat scraps and survive in the sewers of the city just to stay alive in the extreme cold and the extreme poverty. Supporting strongtothefinish.com will help them continue to contribute to these kids on a continual basis.

Support strongtothefinish.com and their film effort…Brian has had a film crew following his adventures. The hope is that a documentary will be made to continue the expedition of helping the children of Mongolia. Go to their website. Explore it. Engage in supporting it. Spread the word!

1500 Miles on Foot

1500 Miles on Foot

So we’ve been following a great friend over the past few weeks in his recent expedition and quest to run across the entire country of Mongolia. Communication has been minimal because of the task and because of the limited access to the internet. But recently, photos and messages have been popping up more frequently. From the information, towns have been far and few between and I would imagine that internet access has been hard to come by.

Brian Hunter of Strong to the Finish has started his journey to complete 1500 miles. As of the last report, he has covered approximately 350 km which equates to around 210-215 miles. More plainly, around 8 marathon races…with more to come. Why in the world would somebody do this? Great question. There is always a purpose with this guy.

Go and visit acrossmongolia.com to track his progress and like strongtothefinish.com’s facebook page to get the occasional posts. There you can find out about the two projects he is running for that support Mongolia’s orphans. Also, there are opportunities to join him in the journey by sponsoring a mile. Go check it out right now!

Run, Brian, Run

Running.  It’s something I do for exercise from time to time, even though I’m not the best at it.  I’ve even run a few “races” in my day.  However, the only ones I actually won were against my kids.  When it comes to the distance running, I don’t do it to cross the line in first place and beat opponents.  I do it because I want to defeat the voice inside my head that tells me to quit.  I may end the timed race in 327th place, but I will have won every time.

If you’ve followed the blog a while, you’ll know about my friend, Brian Hunter, who has plans to go on a distance run of his own…a 1500 mile run.  I’m sure his body will ask him to quit.  But I know this about Brian.  He won’t quit.  The children of Mongolia will receive all the benefit of his labor, and he will finish strong with every step.

mongoliaThe List, a local television show, recently did a spot on the Across Mongolia Expedition where Brian is expected to run 30+ miles per day for about 50 days.  The physical goal is to cross the entire country, but that is not what this adventure is all about.  The running is to help the orphans of Ulaan Baator have a better life and experience greater love and joy in this life.

Brian has been training hard for a while now, and his official across the landscape will begin on July 15.  The organization is still raising funds for the orphans, so jog on over to the AME website and find a way to make a difference in the children of Mongolia today.