Sean is running the Chevron Houston Marathon for Avondale House this year, and we are so glad to have him on our team.
- What is your "why" for participating in Run for a Reason?
My first Houston marathon, I remember passing one of the guided blind runners, seeing some of the AWD competitors, and realizing it was more than just "lucky" people like me taking it up as a hobby. Regardless of whatever training I had done, these were competitors that had overcome a huge barrier to even be able to train, and it was enabled further by volunteers that dedicated themselves to someone else's success. This to me is what running is all about, and I had wanted to find a way to be a part of the communal aspect of the Houston Marathon ever since then. I really want to continue to find opportunities to help out Houston in line with running.
- How many years have you participated in the Marathon?
I've been running 4 years, this is my 3rd Houston marathon, 7th overall.
- How does the work at Avondale House motivate you to run?
I have routinely been impressed to see what Avondale House does for it's team members, and it seems like a really great organization that Houston should be proud to support. One thing that stood out to me when I learned more about Avondale House was that it was the only location to offer resources into adulthood. Like a lot of my friends, I'm slowly learning that not all charities are the same in how they help those afflicted, but oftentimes there are gaps in the chain of helping people. To see that Avondale House is a more long-term/life-time commitment to those it helps is extremely comforting.