The Hope 40

40 Miles…40 Years…40 People


Dr. Bo did it!!! He ran 40 miles in 8.5 hours. The 40 days afterward: Hundreds of miles walked/ran…over $3000 raised for Voices of Hope…countless people touched & inspired! Thank you for your help in spreading Hope. Keep it up & remember, ‘To have health is to have hope…to have hope is to have life!’

40 Miles: Dr. Bo will run 40 miles on April 7, 2014.

40 Years: Dr. Bo and Voices of Hope are both celebrating their 40th birthday!  (Click here for Voices of Hope)

40 People: From April 8-May 17, 2014, we are asking (at least) forty people to run/walk one mile per day for forty days. This will equal (at least) 1600 miles. Also, each person will hand out a “hope note” to a different person every day for forty days. This will equal (at least) 1600 people being touched by hope. However, the more people that participate in The Hope 40, the greater impact hope can have. There are four different “hope notes” to choose from. Click here to print out the “hope notes.” (The Hope 40 may be over but Hope is alive! You can still print these out.  Let’s continue to spread hope!)  (Note: Please be aware there is not a sign up page to particiapte. However, we would love to hear of your involvement. Let us know via email  or Trinity’s Facebook page – then tell others. Three ways to be involved: (1) You can choose to walk and/or run and tell others why. (2) You can choose to donate {see financial goal below} and tell others why.  (3) You can choose to hand out a “hope note” and tell others why.  Really, you could do all three or a combination of the three. We want it to be as simple as possible to meet our local goal. Have fun, smile and enjoy sharing hope with those around you!)

The Local Goal: To raise awareness and financial support for Voices of Hope. To spread HOPE to people in our lives. Click here to print out a promotional flyer.

The Financial Goal: $1.00-$5.00/mile per person. For example: If 40 people walk 40 miles and donate $1.00/mile ($40/person) that would equal $1600. If 40 people walk 40 miles and donate $5.00/mile  ($200/person) that would equal $8000. However, the more people that participate in The Hope 40, the greater impact hope can have. (Remember, you do not have to walk or run to donate. Give what you can and watch hope change lives.) You may either DONATE ONLINE (make sure to write ”The Hope 40″ in the comment box) or you can make your check payable to Voices of Hope (make sure in the subject line to write “The Hope 40.”). You may mail or drop off in person your check to either Voices of Hope or Trinity Chiropractic. Thank you in advance for your support. (NOTE: You are not pledging any money to Dr. Bo to run 40 miles. Your donations are made directly to Voices of Hope.)

The Hope Goal: To bring awareness to the community about domestic abuse. This includes physical, mental, emotional, economic and verbal abuse.  It affects both men and women. It affects the way we relate and speak to one another. It affects the identity of the people involved. Domestic abuse affects every area of life. People need hope! They need a confident expectation of who they are, what they can become and what they can accomplish.

Hope Route: A cross-pattern in the center of the city using 27th and O st. The hope route will reach out in each direction 5 miles (10 miles round trip). The Hope 40 will start and stop at Trinity Chiropractic.  I will start running at 4:40am and finish at – well, I don’t know when I will get done. If you want to say hello or offer encouragement, updates of my location & progress will happen via Trinity’s Facebook page. I will be running in this order; North-South-East-West: North boundary: I-80,  South boundary: Pine Lake Rd, East boundary: Lincoln city limit, West boundary: a little beyond Hwy-77

Hope Quote: “Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.” Martin Luther

Why?…I have had a few people ask me why I am doing this. My answer is simple. I have seen the overwhelming redemptive power of hope in my own life.  As I turn 40, what better way to celebrate than to share that hope. Also, last year, I watched a good – no great – friend turn 40. He celebrated by honoring people that had spoke hope into his life. (Thanks Justin for the inspiration.) I look forward to these upcoming months. I know there will be challenges, both mentally and physically. I know some days I will not want to train. I know there will be days I will wonder why I ever started this. However, Hope Plainhope pushes me forward. I will run and not grow weary; I will walk and not grow faint. Daily, my strength will be renewed. Join me and let us infuse hope into a culture that desperately needs it.

The Hope 40 begins…On April 7, 2014, I am turning 40. As most people, I started thinking about what it means to turn 40. What have I accomplished? What is my life about? During prayer one morning (4/24/13), I had the thought to run 40 miles on my 40th birthday. I quickly let that thought go because “I’m not a runner.” In my past, I have run 4 half-marathons and a few 5k’s but I can’t honestly say that I enjoyed it.  However, as I continued to pray that morning, the thought would not go away and then a verse came to me….

“those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

(Isaiah 40:31)

It made me smile. As I sat there pondering that verse and the implications of running 40 miles, I had another thought. Could I really run 40 miles? Is it possible? My heart screamed yes but my head said, not a chance.

Over the next few days, the idea of running 40 miles would not leave my mind so I sat down with my journal.  I wrote out a few ideas/thoughts. They were: (1) 40 Years…40 Miles…40 Days…40 People (2) Running for Hope (3) Raising Awareness and Money for a local charity (4) Run 40 miles on my birthday (5) Recruit 40 people to walk or run 1 mile/day for 40 days (6) Have people hand one “hope note” to a different person every day for 40 days (7) A cross-running-route in the center of the city. I now had a direction. However, as I noted before, I am not a runner so I wasn’t sure how to start training. I decided to email Dr. Ted Bulling, Nebraska Wesleyan University’s track coach, for advice. (I have had the opportunity to speak to a few of Dr. Bulling’s classes over the past few years.) He gave me great training advice for such a run. He told me about the importance of good shoes, pacing, nutrition and hydration. Dr. Bulling encouraged me to go for it but he also told me to make sure my wife was “on-board” since training for a 40-mile run would take a considerable amount of time. I took his advice and talked to Jennifer, my wife, about what I felt was on my heart to do. After discussing, we both agreed it was possible – even more – we agreed that I could do it.

So I have been following Dr. Bulling’s advice, and I am doing three things to train for the run: (a) Mentally – I am setting my mind on the goal and going for it. (b) Physically – For fuel, I am making sure I eat and hydrate properly. I will eat a balanced diet rich in protein, vegetables, fruit and occasionally ”carb-up.” (c) Spiritually – I am being confident, knowing who I am and knowing where my hope comes from so that I can KNOW I run for a greater purpose.

Voices of Hope enters in….A few days prior to me thinking about the 40-mile run, I had a conversation in my office that was setting the stage for The Hope 40 without my knowing.  One of my patients, a psychologist, and I were discussing the untruth of the statement, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” While sticks and stones DO break bones, words hurt, and words leave scars much deeper than broken bones. We discussed people’s physical, mental and spiritual health and how it is very much affected by words.  The words we speak can bring life and healing or they can bring pain and death. In the course of the conversation she mentioned the organization, Voices of Hope. She said they are a resource for domestic and sexual abuse victims. She said they understand the impact of verbal abuse all too well, and they have seen how words do hurt and shape a person’s life.

As I began to research Voices of Hope I found out that Voices of Hope was started in 1974, the same year I was born, which meant, Voices of Hope is also turning 40 in 2014! I also found that Voices of Hope shares the same vision that Jennifer and I have, to see hope infused into marriages and families restored.  Suddenly I realized, supporting and raising awareness for Voices of Hope seemed to be exactly what I needed to make The Hope 40 have a tangible impact in our community.

Hope pushes me forward. I will run and not grow weary; I will walk and not grow faint. Daily, my strength will be renewed. There you have it. It’s that simple. Be a Voice of Hope!

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