Today, in "Running on the 'Peak of Heaven'", you will get an update on the progress of Natasha and Ben as they near their attempt to summit the 20,350 foot Island Peak. You will also get to know Natasha's story, and in subsequent posts, Ben's. We thank them for their willingness to share their stories openly so that others may be inspired and encouraged by them. We believe that what inspires us is not just the amazing feats accomplished by others. Rather, it is the many ways in which very ordinary people face extraordinary hardship and trials, and triumph over them. Their triumph reminds all who struggle in life that lacing up your shoes, taking the first step, and the next and then the next bring both health and happiness. Those steps don't make life any easier, but they do make us stronger in the face of it's difficulties.
The Platte River Fitness Series is not just about building strong, healthy bodies. It is also about the expansive landscape of human potential. Natasha Jarvis Burch and Ben Ratliff are on a 3-week journey in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal to run the world's highest marathon and half-marathon on Mt. Everest and to summit the 20,305 foot Island Peak. As ambassadors for the PRFS, you will be inspired by their stories and their journey to "Run on the Peak of Heaven."
Chris Jarvis was a local running icon and fitness mentor for an entire community. The easy story to tell would be that of his accomplished running career. Like many of the PRFS athletes, he found his passion for running in adulthood — at age 31.
There is a thread that winds through each of the first eight Lighthouse stories, and that is "community." We can conquer even our greatest challenges with the support of community, and those who light our way. This is my story.
Boni Edwards found that starting her travels from the good mother stage of life to the wise older woman was a journey of both "ambiguous loss" and unexpected triumphs. She could hardly image that her journey would include so many firsts and that in the autumn of her life, she could make herself anew.