Meet Chris 'Irish Goat' Knodel, a DripDrop ambassador and this week’s guest blogger. Chris is a coach, trainer and ultra-runner in San Antonio, TX. He has completed over 250 organized competitions and races in the last 5 years. Learn more about his personal experience and how DripDrop plays a role in his life.
I have been running just shy of five years. I have covered ground in twenty-two states, and five countries on three continents. This month, I just broke a cumulative tally of 11,000 miles. I have toed the line at over 200 competitions and have shared trails with some of the greatest runners on earth. I chose ultra-marathon because it best represented who I am, and how I choose to live. But I am not an ultra-marathoner. I will not accept that moniker simply because I run. I am a broken soldier, loving husband and former addict. I run because I have to. Without it, I am lost.
At the start of 2015, twelve amateur athletes will begin racing across America. I am honored to have been selected as one of those participating in the inaugural Race Across the USA (RAUSA), a 3,080-mile journey from California to Maryland across the mid-drift of the American Heartland. These twelve runners will be racing to the nation’s Capital with several goals in mind, “but the primary one,” as the RAUSA site explains, “is to raise awareness about the childhood ‘inactivity’ epidemic. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. At the present time, 18% (or almost one in five) children, aged 6-19 in the United States, are obese.” So, the RAUSA is a charity run –and the specific charity is the 100 Mile Club®.
Inspired by the 1992 Olympics, special education teacher, Kara Lubin, used the dream of becoming a gold medalist to inspire her hard-to-motivate students. That year, The 100 Mile Club® was born from a simple idea: Run 100 miles and earn a medal. With incentives earned along the way, including our unique milestone t-shirt, lessons in goal-setting, determination, and team spirit are developed through exercise. The 100 Mile Club® now has in over 600 schools in all 50 states (October 2013). In fact, last year, this dynamic organization went international, adding schools in Canada, Japan and New Zealand.
The goal of this Race Across the USA is to raise awareness about childhood “inactivity,” to raise money for the 100 Mile Club® and to champion as many schools as possible along the way. In essence, we are running to prevent childhood obesity, and are meeting with as many children, schools and groups as possible along the way.
I will be using DripDrop throughout my trek across the American Heartland. I use their product daily as part of my 25-mile per day training regimen. But DripDrop is more than just another product to me. I am a DripDrop Ambassador because they have shown that they are a progressive and health-supporting group of researchers generating medical grade hydration/electrolyte replenishment. They are fulfilling a philanthropic mission that betters the human condition. I am proud to have been given the opportunity to represent them “on the run.”
You can follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook, or through his newspaper column at the PeeDeePost.com. He also has a book The Irish Goat: A Fat-Boy’s Path to Ultra-Distance.