06.26.11 – Along The Miles and Trials Toward the NYC Marathon

A quick note to, first, thank all of those wonderful individuals and families who have already made a much appreciated donation to the Children’s Hospital – you have helped keep me motivated over these first four weeks of my overall 20-week goal. And I am very pleased to announce that you have already helped me (through designated/anonymous donations and pledges) to raise almost half of my $6100 goal! Thank you again! And if you haven’t had a chance to donate, I’m not asking for much at all – please refer to “A Small Donation To Make A Huge Difference” below.

Second, I am pleased to announce that as of yesterday, June 25, I have completed the first 12 half marathon training runs/races of my overall 61-total goal. I have found that the last few 13.1-mile runs have been a little more difficult than the first ten; I’m sure much of it has to do with trying to balance this goal with summer family responsibilities and projects. I am trying not to look ahead at the 49 half marathons, but simply focusing on the next few miles in front of me… and trying to actually “rest” on my designated rest days. As well, each one of my half marathons, which has been and will be dedicated to a specific individual, family and cause, has provided me with extra motivation and focus. Do you have someone who may be in need of an extra prayer(s)? Then please read “Dedications Across The Distance” below.


Finally, allow me share a quote with you from Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”

I particularly enjoy the concept of “the firm resolve of a determined soul;” that inner spirit that continues to attempt to span the gap between what we often view as possible and impossible. Along these many miles this summer, my friend, I have come to reflect on how much of what we socially define as success, failure, possible, impossible, winning and losing is short-sighted and short-lived.

I have seen success redefined by an ordinary life who doesn’t know he/she is suppose to entertain the possibility of failing.

I have seen situations that seem impossible recreated into possible potential by selfless groups of individuals who have no concern about who receives credit for the effort.

And I have seen some of the most profound winners sculpted and defined in some of the greatest fires of what we term “losing.”

It is this thought I leave with you today: If you are among the many in our human race that is cultivating a “firm resolve of a determined soul,” then you are enjoying success, realizing the impossible and winning on many levels. Look at your life and efforts from this lens for just a moment and celebrate that determined soul in all your efforts.

And somewhere along the miles and trials, we’ll celebrate together.

Peace, Lee


Each of my 61 half marathons have and will be dedicated to an individual, family and/or cause; and through each 13.1-mile journey I will offer up those individuals, families and causes in prayer.

If you have a loved one, friend or cause that you would like me to dedicate a particular run/race, please feel free to email me at leehoedl@yahoo.com. To view the runs/races that have already been dedicated, click HERE.


The price of two 12 oz. bags of M&Ms or two boxes of 160-count napkins or three 2-liter bottles of soda… that’s all I’m asking. To reach my goal, I simply need 1000 persons who are willing to donate $6.10 to the Children’s Hospital. Will you be one of these 1000 persons? If so, you can mail your donation to me or go online to the Children’s Hospital secured website (minimum of $10 donation). Your donation will go much further than any snack food, napkin or soda; it will help to save lives. Please consider donating.

VISIT MY WEBSITE AT: www.hoedlshaven.com/2011NYCMARATHON
Online Donations [CLICK HERE] or Mailed Donations [Lee Hoedl, 6155 16th St. South, Fargo, ND 58104]

Children’s Hospital Boston is a 392-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Children’s offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age. Children’s is also home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center. Since 1869, their discoveries have benefited both children and adults.


I will be donating all earned half-marathon medals to a Medals 4 Mettle; a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers’ medals. Runners from around the world give their hard earned medals to Medals4Mettle. The organization’s worldwide network of physicians and volunteers then awards these medals, attached to a Medals4Mettle ribbon, to children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own just to continue to live their life. PLEASE JOIN ME IN THIS JOURNEY WITH YOUR POSITIVE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

About Lee Hoedl

Believing in the power of presence in a child's life, Lee Hoedl left his fifteen-year career as a university administrator and educator to become a "residential education specialist" - a stay-at-home father for the Hoedl triplets born in 2003. In between family responsibilities, Lee finds time to remain an avid cyclist, a triathlete/marathoner in training, photographer, freelance website developer and blues enthusiast/guitarist. And when the time permits, Lee rejuvenates by high altitude climbing to such locales as Mt. Whitney and Mt. Rainier, backpacking across such vistas as Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon, playing guitar and just spending time on the family room floor with his children and wife Di. Lee presently and blissfully resides in the heartland of America with his wife Di and children Leo, Emily, Hannah and Nicholas, and finds the source of his inspiration through them.
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One Response to 06.26.11 – Along The Miles and Trials Toward the NYC Marathon

  1. Keep it up, Lee. Run strong; run smart.