Announcement: 2020 Run for Scholarship Goes Virtual

Every year since 2007 I have run a marathon to raise funds for scholarships for ARI Participants. Over the last 13 years we have raised together $133,377 for scholarships!  Congratulations to us all! I am appealing to you today, to ask that you sponsor me for this year’s “Run for a Scholarship.”

Scholarships are the lifeblood of ARI. Which is why, every year ARI and AFARI work diligently to find full scholarships for all those who participate in the Rural Leaders’ Training Program. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we always fall short of our goal of a full scholarship for every deserving applicant. I believe that you and I together, can raise the amount needed for one full scholarship – $17,840 – and bring another deserving Participant to ARI.

I had been training to run the full Marathon in Bend, Oregon on April 19th.  Due to Covid 19 the organizers have had to change it to a virtual Marathon.  This means that I can still push through and run it…  but not in Bend OR.   Let me explain.

I will run the 2020 Marathon at the same time and date as it was originally scheduled, (don’t worry, I will practice “social distancing”). The difference is that I will run it here in Eugene, Oregon where I live.  I will wear a Garmin GPS tracking device while I run to keep track of my distance and time. Also, I have chosen a course that has wide Corona virus safe paths and will allow me to make a short video every time I complete a 5-mile loop.   After the race I will also put these short clips together and post on the AFARI website and on Facebook (my personal Facebook and the ARI Community Facebook pages).

Thank you so much for considering sponsoring me for this year’s Run for a Scholarship.

If you would like support you may do so in one of two ways:

1) Make an online donation by clicking Run for Scholarship  (In the dropdown box “Use my donation for…” please select “Run for a Scholarship)
2) Send a check to the address below and indicate “Marathon”.

I wish you all the best in your own endeavors in 2020 and beyond.

Sincerely yours,

JB Hoover, AFARI, 2028 E Ben White Blvd Ste 240-9000, Austin TX 78741-6931