Arrowhead for Parkinson's

Arrowhead for Parkinson's

From Jake Lawrence

To raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s, I will be running the Arrowhead Ultra 135, a self-supported trek through icy tundra of Minnesota! Join me: make a contribution!

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Update #5

about 4 years ago

Greetings!

Thank you all for your participation in the Arrowhead for Parkinson's campaign. I am humbled and honored by your generosity and support.

The donation was sent to the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, MN in honor of Jan. The funds will be used in the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder division of the Mayo.

Onward and Upward,
Jake

Never stop moving. Never give up.

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:: Arrowhead for Parkinson’s Campaign ::

Driven by a deep-rooted belief that our capabilities are only limited by our imagination and by the notion that we grow by overcoming challenges, this campaign is devoted to the completion of a physically and mentally demanding quest that reflects the challenges of those battling the Disease. My goal is to raise $10,000 in research funds that will contribute to broadening our knowledge about Parkinson’s, and to raise local and national awareness of the Disease.

Inspiration comes to us in many forms and from many places. Personally, I've always been inspired by the actions of those closest to me. My father-in-law and close friend Jan Nyboer was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2012. Jan’s passion as a runner driven by an undying love of winter, pristine wilderness, and athletic endurance has inspired me to start this campaign and embark on this unique journey.  This campaign is about celebrating what we’ve accomplished and still have yet to do.  Keep moving, Jan!

I invite you to make a difference by supporting this cause and by making a contribution. With nearly 60,000 diagnoses per year of the Disease in the United States alone, your support can make a difference! While the primary goal of this campaign is to raise funds and awareness, this endeavor is also about creating a stronger community and uniting my friends and family through this powerful cause. 

Information about the Campaign Event

Date: January 26-28, 2015 (60 hours to complete)

Event Name: Arrowhead Ultra 135

Location: International Falls, MN

Event Website: Arrowhead Ultra135  

Details:  Arrowhead Ultra 135 is an event hosted by the icy depths of winter near the border of Canada and Minnesota. As a self-supported event, I'll be pulling a "pulk" (sled for hauling with no skis) that will be attached to my waist and loaded with all the necessary gear to survive in the arctic tundra. A small portion of your contributions will go towards assisting with the costs of the event and ensure safety and a successful completion. 

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Jake Lawrence posted a new update:
about 4 years ago

Update #5

Greetings!

Thank you all for your participation in the Arrowhead for Parkinson's campaign. I am humbled and honored by your generosity and support.

The donation was sent to the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, MN in honor of Jan. The funds will be used in the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder division of the Mayo.

Onward and Upward,
Jake

Never stop moving. Never give up.

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Jake Lawrence posted a new update:
about 4 years ago

Update #4

What a journey! The hardest physical challenge I have ever undertaken, by far. Your support fueled me through the dark moments when I was tired, hungry, and isolated. I kept pushing on, moving forward in relentless pursuit of the finish.

This was a great cause. If you or anyone you know needs inspiration to begin their own journey, please remember that it begins with just one small step. That one step leads to many, and ultimately leads to massive change for you and those around you. We are capable of anything, but often our own minds prevent us from fulfilling dreams and desires.

As General George S. Patton stated: "now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired... You've always got to make the mind take over and keep going."

A full race report is coming, but I'm not quite ready to relive all of that quite yet!

Cheers,
Jake

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Jake Lawrence posted a new update:
about 4 years ago

Update #3

Thank you for the flood of support! As you can imagine, an event like this is run as much with the strength of your mind and spirit, as it is with your body. You and your loved ones will all be with me in spirit for the upcoming 135 miles.

Here is an article from today's Star Tribune on the race:
http://www.startribune.com/sports/outdoors/289489251.html

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Jake Lawrence posted a new update:
about 4 years ago

Update #2

Greetings to all. The race is now less than a week away. I'm working on final preparations and planning some race strategy. So many variables in an event like this, the least being weather, that you've got to have a pretty broad base of clothing items to meet all potential needs.

Health/Training: I'm injury free, which is not something I've been able to confidently say about racing the last 18 months so I'll take it. My last big week of running finished up on the 11th and consisted of 23.5 hours of time on my feet, with a majority of those pulling the sled/pulk. I've been tapering since and hope to be ready to put in a good effort next week!

Race progress will be updated a few times on course and at the finish:
http://www.arrowheadultra.com/index.php/results/2015-results

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Jake Lawrence posted a new update:
about 4 years ago

Update #1

Hey everyone... training has been going pretty good. We've been in an arctic freeze the past week and it looks to continue. I've been pulling the pulk sled as much as possible, but it's still hard to imagine doing so for 40+ hours. I'll post some pictures of my gear later on in the day. Tomorrow night my plan is to sleep outside (looks to be about -10) to test out the sleeping setup.
Onward and Upward, Jake

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