Marathon finished successfully

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Judith Belton announces:

I have now run the promised 460 km Marathon of Home, i.e., the length of Vancouver Island.

I finished with a weekend of running in Port Hardy, Courtenay, Campbell River, Qualicum and Nanaimo. I am delighted to report that my marathon raised $1500, while allowing me to enjoy some beautiful parts of our wonderful island. I am enervated by my rediscovery of running. I thank my supporters and hope to organize a future run in support Emanu-El’s social action initiatives. I just haven’t figured out yet the when, where and how. 

In the interim, I have to get started on another fundraising initiative – the organization, planning and publication of the next Vancouver Island Jewish Community Directory (2017). If you can think of any ways in which you’d like to help with that initiative, please let me know

– Judith Belton

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Hit Judith Home!

Batter
up! Please, hit me home! Up to the most recent count (January 12th)
the fund-raising total for Judith’s Marathon of Home is $423. Thank you all! So
far, I have been tracking my “kilometres”. It’s great that my running is
attracting donations. Up to February 15th, I have logged 298 km. As
I am unable to calculate $/km owing to the differences in time periods, I have
figured out another way of looking at things!

While
I am doing my runs, I often have weird ideas. My most recent one was about
baseball. Maybe all this running in the rain made me think of spring, which
prompted me to think of baseball, as in my world baseball was a spring and
summer sport. (My son, as a youngster, only suited up in the spring to practice
in the fields behind our house). As I move up Vancouver Island with my runs, I
think of myself as “moving to the outfield” in order to get the whole run done.
PLEASE DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME OUT HERE! This run I am on, like baseball, is a
slow game. Mostly, nothing much seems to happen. For me, there’s a lot of
waiting (between weekends and working) but when the action happens, there’s a
lot flailing of limbs and deep breathing. I feel as though I am running the
bases, trying to make it “home” and I need others to make hits for me (i.e.,
make contributions). All I have to do is put on my “uniform” – waterproof
jacket and pants, dry socks and running shoes, show up at the field, display
enthusiasm, support my team and keep running baseball diamond equivalents (110
m). 

Looking at it that way, I figure that when I finish running home (460 km),
I will have made about 4200 home runs. That’s 4200 more than I ever made in my
generallyunathletic life. All this home-running will benefit OUR TEAM – the
people we hope to help – the refugee family, people who need socks, people who
need rainy night shelter. So, when I go for my runs this week, I’ll be
thinking, “Batter up! Please, hit me home!”

The
address is…Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2J3
Canada (250) 382-0615 info@congregationemanuel.ca 

Please mention when donating, that
you are doing so to support the run. This will help them keep track of how much
the run will raise. #

Judith’s Marathon of Home continues

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Judith reports: 

Following
my January 23 weekend of running, I spent a quiet week hiding from the rain. By
the following weekend, I was ready to begin again – and the weather cleared up! I went
out early Saturday morning and ran in the vicinity of Cobble Hill. On Sunday, I
ran again in the Cobble Hill area. The two runs ended up totaling 14 km. I
think that I may join the two for my next long run. I plan to travel up to Port
Hardy to do a long run there, at the northern “terminus” of my Island-home run.

One of
the many rewards of my Marathon of Home run, is the discovery of new routes. On
Sunday I was out on Wilkinson and Cobble Hill Roads, with the gorgeous vistas
of rolling green fields, ponds full of bird life, bordered by tall, dark stands
of Douglas fir and cedar. The air was fresh, clear and there was practically no
traffic. On my Saturday morning run, I was companioned by the moon and owls. We
are so lucky to live in this beautiful world – so lucky to have it as our home.
I am more than halfway to my goal of running the
equivalent of the length of my Vancouver Island home, to help support the
social action initiatives of my spiritual home, Congregation Emanu-El of
Victoria (including supporting a refugee family). My daughter suggested if I
post with a hashtag it will help inform people. I also have the hashtag now on
my running vest.

The address is…Congregation Emanu-El, 1461
Blanshard Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2J3 Canada (250) 382-0615 info@congregationemanuel.ca Please mention when donating, that you are
doing so to support the run. This will help them keep track of how much the run
will raise. #marathonofhome

Judith’s “Marathon of Home” Progresses

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Judith reports: 

On the weekend, I did an 18
km run on Yellowpoint Rd. near Cedar. This coming weekend I will be running
around Shawnigan Lake (22 km) for the second time. I will be running
“for” Ada Cotton, a congregation member who used to live in the
Cowichan Valley and has fond memories of the area. Very soon, I will be exactly
halfway to my/our goal (230 Km). Thanks for your continued support. The map
shows the distance I have run to date as a Vancouver Island length.

If you wish to support this fund-run and donate to help the social action initiatives of my spiritual home, Congregation Emanu-El in Victoria, please do so. The address is: Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2J3 or email. Please mention when donating, that you are doing so to support the run. This will help them keep track of how much the run will raise.

Judith’s “Marathon of Home”

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Coming (eventually) to your Vancouver
Island community
 

Congregation Emanu-El
member, Judith Belton, is running the length of her home land of Vancouver Island (460
km!)—but not all at once! She’s running first near her home in Mill Bay, (before
and after work on weekdays, 10 km stretches on weekends). Later, she will
travel to various communities on the Island and do long runs there.

Her hope is to raise funds
to help support the many social action initiatives performed at her spiritual
home, the synagogue (Avodah, the Out of the Rain Program, Outreach and Refugee Sponsorship
Program) and help bring down the deficit. Did you know that membership fees in
Congregation Emanu-El only cover 60% of the synagogue’s operating costs? Judith has been
on the board of Congregation Emanu-El for several years and has never
experienced a no-deficit year. She is hoping her run will encourage donations
to the synagogue in the form of per/km pledges or outright modest contributions. So
far Judith has logged 62 km. She hopes to use this space, to make regular
updates of her progress.  

If you want to make her
footsteps count, please issue a cheque payable to Congregation Emanu-El and
mail it to 1461
Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2J3. The synagogue’s phone number is (250) 382-0615. You can also email. Please
indicate that the
fund-raising run has prompted your donation.

Thank
you.