We’re nearing Thanksgiving and the end of 7 months of running for 3 Million Meters. I should pass 2 million meters of my running goal by the end of November. I am very grateful to have come this far, healthy and still enjoying the challenge– though the Chicago weather is making it more challenging. Now is the time to ramp up some fundraising for Women for Women. Please check out the link on the right column, or go directly to crowdrise.com/3millionmeters
One week to go until the Chicago Marathon. I’m curently about 200 miles or 325K ahead of schedule on the 3 Million Meter Challenge, and have just started the fundraising for Women for Women International. But of course Winter weather is a challenge for running in Chicago, so we’ll just have to hang in there. And send out the appeal for the fundraiser.
BBC interview with Women for Women – Iraq director in April 2013
Valentine has run over half way in under 5 months – at 1,539,820 meters as of September 25th.
4 months in to the 3 million meter project, I have recorded 1240 killometers or 1,240,000 meters. Over the next few weeks I should have a crowdrise site up to raise money for Women for Women International which helps train Iraqi widows among other initiatives.
For the 10th Anniversary of “Mission Accomplished” artist activist Kevin Valentine is running 3 million meters (3 thousand kilometers) in one year to commemorate Iraqi widows. After his first month he has run 272.6K or 169.4mi.
10th Anniversary of “Mission Accomplished”
May 1st was not only May Day but also marked a decade since the famous Mission Accomplished speech meant to signal the end to major hostilities in the Iraq War. As continued strife in Iraq and it’s resultant neglect of issues relating to women and children keeps Widowsweave relevant, Valentine is starting a new commitment to this project. Beginning May 1, 2013 and continuing for one year, he will record 3,000,000 meters of running in an effort to engage more people in the discourse surrounding Widows in Iraq. 3 million meters, or 3 thousand kilometers is equal to about 1,660 miles.
Running for a cause has become an excellent tool in fundraising for charity across the globe. The hope is to fundraise for charity that can benefit Iraqi Widows in some way, though this project has proven that goal to be as elusive as peace in Iraq. I am currently exploring fundraising for charities already listed on this sight, plus Women for Women International. More details to follow.
On May 1st, I ran 7 miles (11 1/4K) – and also marked the day by drawing another 1000 lines in the sand at the Lighthouse Beach in Evanston.
Today, I added 6.5 miles for a total of about 21 3/4K so far. I am hopeful that this new initiative will propel the Widowsweave project forward.
Grant drawing Lines in the Sand for Widowsweave
Kevin Valentine and Grant Grieshaber marked the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War on March 20th by drawing a line in the sand – or rather 2000 lines in the sand to add to the total of lines drawn in Valentine’s Widowsweave: Lines in the Sand project commemorating 3 million widows in Iraq–a number estimated by the Iraqi Minister for Women’s Affairs on International Women’s Day in 2009.
To date, the Widowsweave: Lines in the Sand series of performances has drawn a collective 486,072 lines in the sand around Lake Michigan in Illinois and Michigan, on the Mississippi River, at Principia College,Illinois and in Hartland Quay, Devon, England.
March 20th will be the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war – the US/UK forces have left, but the fighting continues. How should I commemorate this sad decade of conflict?