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Passion and Purpose

Discover what motivated David Washington to run 26.2 miles for The Dignity Project, a local non-profit where he volunteers.

Running for a purpose

Everyone has a reason why they set out to run a marathon. And the stronger the motivation, the more likely it is that you will make it through training. College senior David Washington used his passion for running to help raise money for a local charity where he volunteered.

Q and A with David Washington

Q.How did you come up with the idea of using a marathon to fundraise for The Dignity Project?

A.“When I ran the Jacksonville Marathon in December 2008, I saw some runners wearing shirts that said runners for Christ. The back detailed that they were running to raise money for their church. I figured that I could do the same for DP.

Q.What fundraising program did you use?

A.I used Firstgiving.com.I saw that Olympic runner Ryan Hall had set up “Team World Vision” and “More Precious than Gold” which were efforts to aid children and build clean water wells in African communities. I was convinced of the legitimacy and appeal of the Web site.”