Friday, September 16

Peak Performance

Photos by Brandon Bamesberger
featuring Lance Darling with Jacob Bamesberger
at the Village of Loch Lloyd in Missouri
After nearly a year of planning and organizing, it's finally time for our two-day fitness fundraiser to benefit PDSA (national non-profit Platelet Disorder Support Association). Trainer Lance Darling will begin his 30-hour workout today at noon out at Loch Lloyd. With a team of doctors & nurses monitoring his workout, Lance will be running 52.5 miles, the equivalent of more than two marathons and doing 24,000 reps with 6-minute breaks each hour. He will be alternating between reps and running with 6 minute breaks for food and rest each hour. I am not a big fan of exercising and to even think about working out for that long makes me tired. However, we are very, very proud to support Lance in his efforts to raise funds for PDSA.

During the event, every hour will start and end the same. Lance will lift 800 reps the first 35 minutes of every hour and then run 1.75 miles in 16 minutes. The last 6 minutes of the hour he'll be able to eat, change clothes and use the restroom. This will give him a total of 24,000 reps and 52.5 miles at the end of 30 hours. There will be three doctors and a nurse who will be volunteering their time and rotating times: Dr. Mike Porter, Dr. Mark Mathews, Dr. Melissa Mathews and Nurse Practitioner Robin Murphy.

Thanks to my dear friend Della January, we had the wonderful opportunity to coordinate and sponsor this amazing event which would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of the steering committee: event chairs Brian and Kenda Bamesberger, Dennis Kane, Lance Darling, Katrin Ellefson, Lynn Klein, Kristi Gittmeier and our public relations guru Elaina Boudreau.

A big and special thank you to all our corporate sponsors, restaurant sponsors, in-kind sponsors and our two day crew of volunteers! Thanks to everyone's support, we are very close to meeting our fundraising goal of $50,000. (As of this morning, we are at $43,000).

Coordinating and planning fundraisers takes the better part of a year to organize properly. To be honest, it's a huge time suck, but so very worth it in the end. There are many great organizations that need your time, your expertise and your help. We encourage everyone to volunteer and to get involved in your communities as often as possible. You will meet great people along the way and enrich your lives through giving back. We promise.

If you have time this weekend, we hope you will be able to join us.
Here is the schedule of events as follows:

12:00 pm » Events Begin
The clock starts on Lance's 30-hour record-breaking workout.
6:00 pm » "I SPORT PURPLE" Kick Off Party
Food, Wine and Cocktail Party with Silent and Live Auctions.
Restaurant and Adult Beverage Sponsors include:
The Capital Grille, La Bodega, Tannin Wine Bar,
Pieroguys Pierogies, Sushi Haru, Healthy Living, HyVee,
The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange and Major Brands.

8:00 am » 5K Fun Run
Registration: $25 per person/$70 for a group of 4.
1-3 pm » $25K/135-yard Hole-in-One Shot
$10 per swing/ 4 swings for $20
 Hole sponsored by Shawnee Mission Ford
5-8 pm » Barbecue After Party & Kids Carnival
BBQ by Tim Roy and Mandals & Fire with entertainment by DJ BMJ/Memory Productions.
BBQ $10 / Kids Complimentary with Adult Wristband Moonwalk,
Face painting & lots of free activities for the kids!
6:00 pm » Lance Crosses the Finish Line!