Friday, January 17, 2014

Project Purple and Lincoln Marathon

So, as of yesterday I am officially a member of the Project Purple Lincoln Marathon Team!  Well, what does this mean exactly.  This means that I will be running my 1st marathon wearing the color purple.  Okay, that was probably a little too obvious.  Project Purple is non profit 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds and awareness towards a cure for Pancreatic Cancer.  What are some of the reasons that this research is needed?  Pancreatic Cancer is actually the 4th largest killer out of the list of cancers.  It is also the least funded out of the top 10 cancers.

I have not been afflicted by cancer, but there are a lot of people around me that have been.  My brother's sister-in-law has been winning her battle with Breast Cancer.  The current Chairman and former CEO of Union Pacific Railroad (the company I work for) is currently battling Pancreatic Cancer.  So, right off the bat I have 2 direct connections to the need for a cure for cancer.  Family and the "leader" of my organization.

Beyond me directly, readers of the Dreadmill Drummer have been directly affected by Pancreatic Cancer.  Harry W. lost his father to Pancreatic Cancer in 2008.  Erin P of Calf Sleeves are Cool and her husband lost his step-mother 2 years ago after a 4 1/2 year battle with the disease.

Now, you are probably wondering how Project Purple relates to running.  I mean, I do have a blog dedicated to the things having to do with running for me like race recaps, snacks, gear, etc.  Well, by being accepted to the Project Purple Lincoln Marathon Team I will be helping to raise funds for Project Purple.  And for that support from me, Project Purple and the Lincoln Track Club (the one that puts on the Lincoln Marathon) have given me the opportunity to run the Lincoln Marathon on Sunday May 4th, 2014.  Now, this will be my very 1st marathon....ever!  So it is going to be a challenge for me, but I am willing to take on that challenge.  Especially for such a great cause.  I am not only running for me to run my 1st marathon, I am running for all of those with an affliction such as Pancreatic Cancer and the families and friends of those afflicted.

Another cool thing is, I have joined the Run This Year challenge and have set a goal of 2,014 km.  I think that training for my 1st, and certainly not my last, marathon will help me in accomplishing that goal.

And to top off the coolness, I'll be running on my dad's birthday!  I guess his present will be something to do all morning since they have live tracking.

If you want to find out a little more about Project Purple's mission you can watch the below video.

How can you help?!

Since I am running and raising funds I have set up a Crowdrise account as a place to collect these funds under Project Purple.  They set a base goal of $400 for each runner.  I think I can surpass that and hit at least $600.  So, it is my goal to hit that by May 1st, 2014 before I run.  In order to get to my Crowdrise page you can click the following link: and hit the big orange "DONATE TO THIS FUNDRAISER" button.  Every little bit counts.  If you can donate $1, I welcome it.  If you can donate $100, then that would be amazing of you.

Other ways to check out Project Purple:

Until next time, keep those beats coming!


  1. Done (In my kids names :) ) Tweeted too. Awesome cause! Causes are always fun to run for :)

  2. would love to connect more with you! i'm a runner, and a nebraska blogger who runs the nebraska bloggers connect group! go fill out the info and i'll add you to our list of nebraska blogs so others can find you :)

    also, i'm going to be sending you an email with a little info we're doing for a "lookin lean in 2014" challenge! would love to have you participate, there's a little post about it on my blog as well otherwise if you'd like to learn more in the mean time :)

  3. This is awesome! Thank you Cecil for doing this. My best friend's mother died from pancreatic cancer. By the time she wa diagnosed, she was already in stage 4. So thank you for your support in this cause!

    1. Sorry I didn't get back to you. I missed the comment and the time between this post and now has just FLEW by! I am loving helping out this cause!


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