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26 in 2013 for Sandy Hook

Newtown resident running 26 different events in 2013 for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Hello Patch Community-

My name is Lindsay Knauf and I have been a resident of Newtown since the age of 7.  My brother is a teacher at the high school, my parents still live in the house that I grew up in and my own son is now starting his education in Newtown over at  daycare in town.

My ties are tight to this community and my heart, like so many, is broken over the events of December 14th. I've decided that I need to do something to help and this is how I am choosing to do it.

I am committing to running 26 different events in 2013.  One run to honor one life that we lost.  I will wear a shirt bearing the name of one single victim at each race so that those around me are reminded of the wonderful and precious people that we are now missing in our town.

I will be collecting donations for the endeavour, but I will not be taking a single cent for race entry fees, clothing, shoes, socks, etc.  All proceeds will go directly to The United Way Sandy Hook Support Fund.I have set up a blog if anyone would like to follow me on this journey.

I will be posting frequently with new information about the races that I have coming up, who I will be running for, pictures of the events that I have completed, and so forth.

The website address is here: http://26in2013forsandyhook.blogspot.com/

My first race is January 27 and I will be running for Charlotte Bacon.Thank you in advance for your support.  I can't tell you how much it means to me.

All my love - Lindsay Knauf

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Ester Nichols January 08, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Good Luck and much success in your endeavor
John McFarland January 08, 2013 at 12:51 PM
You should try to mix in some trail races, much less pounding on your joints. There is a 10K trail run in Guilford, usually in April, here is a link to their site. http://mrbimble.com/WordPress/bash/
Jeff January 08, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Would you considering doing a bike race?
Lindsay January 08, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Thanks so much! I have a few trail runs I am looking into for that exact reason- plus I like running in the woods better :) Thank you for the link! I will definitely add it to my list!
Lindsay January 08, 2013 at 03:56 PM
I would, but I'm not a very experienced biker. I take a spin class twice a week, but that's about it. Would I be able to use a mountain bike in a bike race? That's all that I have.
Lindsay January 08, 2013 at 03:56 PM
You are too sweet Straussie <3
Lindsay January 08, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Thank you so much Ester!
kathleen January 08, 2013 at 03:57 PM
What a wonderful thing you are doing!!! It is such a nice tribute, we will never forget the beautiful victims, or your kind act. I was just inspired by you so much, I wrote another poem "Run Free for Newtown" I love all of the acts of kindness I am reading about, it gives us all strength. I will post it now on my FB page "Twenty Six Seeds of Love for Newtown" and submit it to the Newtown Patch. Best of luck to you in everything....life is an uphill climb and a very long race!
Maciog Family January 08, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Good luck, Lindsay!
kathleen January 08, 2013 at 04:09 PM
I just posted it & I used your name, let me know if you like it or want it removed <3<3<3
Jill Papanek January 08, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Way to go Lindsay! What a great idea! Best of luck in all your races!
Jeff Williams January 08, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Great idea, Lindsay! I'll join you for the 5m race coming up in Milford (not promising I can accomplish running the entire race but I will try). I will also keep up with your blog posts and try going for 26 as well while donating to the fund before each race. We will get to the $26k goal.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 08, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Here's the link to the blog - http://newtown.patch.com/blog_posts/run-free-for-newtown-4a8b26a1
Lindsay January 08, 2013 at 06:28 PM
That poem had me in tears- thank you so much. So beautiful. I am going to post it to my site. Wow. Thank you so very much.
Lindsay January 08, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Thank you!
Lindsay January 08, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Thanks great Jeff! Can you connect me through my blog as the date gets closer so that we can attempt to meet up that day to say hello? Thank you so much for your support with this! It means so much to me.
Lindsay January 08, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Thank you!!
Leah Salomoni January 08, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Hi Lindsay! There are a few of 5k events in Shelton throughout the year. If you'd like I can keep you (and everyone else) updated. Good luck!
Paul Higgins January 08, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Lindsay, God bless you for doing such nice things to keep the memories of our angels in our thoughts and prayers. I hope to follow your schedule on a blog or Facebook. If you run in or near us in Rhode Island, we will be there to support you.
Lindsay January 09, 2013 at 01:57 AM
I'd love that Leah, thank you so much!
Lindsay January 09, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Thank you so much Paul for your kind words. I will certainly let you know if I make my way up to RI to run! That would be fantastic to have a small cheering squad so far from home :) I know I will be doing a few events on the Cape this summer, so RI is certainly not out of the question.
Lindsay January 09, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Love you Poppa XOXOX
Bodie January 09, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Poppa's proud and a bad speller
Sandy Hook Arts Center January 09, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Lindsay this is awesome! Best of luck to you :)
Tom jones January 09, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Hi Lindsay, What a great goal! I am sure you are aware of this link, BUT, on the odd chance you are not, this is a pretty comprehensive list of running events in the area:http://www.hitekracing.com/calendar/
Marianne Foreman January 09, 2013 at 07:33 PM
You are amazing Lindsay!!! I will be following your blog and cheering you on from Northern CA. Best of luck in all of your races! Go get em!!
Lindsay January 10, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Still love you!
Lindsay January 10, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Thank you so much!
Lindsay January 10, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Thank you so much! I love Northern CA! I wish I could run a few races out that way!
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 14, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Hi Lindsay, this Boston marathon announcement was posted on Patch: http://bethwood.patch.com/announcements/runners-needed-for-american-liver-foundations-research-boston-marathon-team-00f3065f

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