Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Running From Bali to Jakarta — for Charity

Be wary of those who put why they do what they do into words. People who go on endlessly about doing the “right thing” typically have no idea what they’re talking about. They’ve spent far too much time honing and defining their ambitions to allow their actions — not their intentions — to back up their words.

The fact that Scott Thompson can’t really articulate why he’s running 1,250 kilometers from Bali to Jakarta to raise money and awareness for both a cancer foundation and a youth development charity is reason enough to get behind him and his March mega marathon.

Thompson is silver-tongued and smiling when it comes to talking about how he came up with the idea for the run, his 100-kilometers-a-week regime and how he’ll have to don running shoes two to three sizes bigger than normal to contend with the swelling he’ll endure for 25 days come his March 8 D-Day.

But when asked why he’s running from Bali to Jakarta, Thompson can’t seem to find the words. “It’s like if you ask someone why they want to climb a mountain,” Thompson says in his light Scottish accent. “Because it’s there. Some people say trying to raise this money is just a drop in the ocean, but we’re going to create a little ripple and see where it takes us.”


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