Over a year in the planning and the time has almost come… tomorrow we fly out from Geneva to Denver and the adventure begins!
On Tuesday we will be lining up in Buena Vista, Colorado to start the first steps of a 6 day journey that will take us over mountains, through forests, across rivers all the way to Beaver Creek - 120 miles (193km) and 20,000ft (6096m) of ascent in total. Is it a sign of our collective craziness that we can’t wait? It’s going to be one heck of an adventure and we’re so excited to be a part of it - blisters, bears and all!
As many of you already know, we’re doing this as part of the Transrockies Run, to raise much-needed funds for Kennedy’s Disease UK. The past few months have been a whirlwind of fancy dress parties, gala dinners, summer fêtes and bake-offs - raising a grand total of over 7000€! We even managed to squeeze in a photo shoot for a "special" Neverest Girls calendar, all in the best possible taste of course! And, obviously, we’ve been running a bit as well...
Way back in December we hosted a clothes swap party where we spend an evening drinking wine, gossiping and trying on each others clothes - funnily enough, it was mostly the ladies who supported this event! Everyone paid a donation on the door and we all went home happy and slightly tipsy with bags full of pre-loved clobber and sports gear.
Next on the calendar was a Heroes & Villains party at La Terrasse - there was a great turnout and the costumes were amazing, we had everyone from She-Ra to Wolverine on the dancefloor! There was a small entry fee and then lots of people generously donated a bit extra; La Terrasse helped us out with drinks promos and donated bottles of shots that we could sell and keep the profits - they clearly judged our friends well as it was a winner…
In May we held our Summer Ball at Les Caves; a fabulous night of dinner and dancing with some great raffle prizes donated by local businesses. It was a fantastic excuse to swap our trainers for high heels and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves - even if some of us have slightly hazy memories of the evening.
Last but not least was the Great Chamonix Bake-Off, a cake baking competition with all the cakes sold by the slice afterwards. We paired up with Le Petit VIP for this one and it was a lovely family day with face-painting, bouncy castle and games for the kids. We’re going to need to run every one of those 120 miles to burn off the amount of cake we ate that day!
Our goal is to hit 10,000€ and we’re so close, so we’re leaving the donations page open while we are away - the thought of all those extra last-minute pennies hitting the pot will spur us on when we are exhausted and broken! If anyone would like to give us a last push to the finish then please click on this link to donate or visit our website.
All the money you donate will go to Kennedy’s Disease UK; a small charity supporting those with a rare and incurable condition. Kennedy’s Disease is motor neurone related and leads to wasting of the muscles, particularly in the arms and legs. As there is no treatment, it ultimately leads to immobility and dependence on others for care. Kennedy’s Disease UK has been established to raise funds for invaluable research being carried out at University College London that could change the future for people suffering from this rare condition. They are a small charity with no big overheads, so we can really make a difference by helping them out. You can find out more by visiting their website at KDUK.
One last word - our trip is entirely self-funded, from our plane flights to our race entry and everything else in between. So every single penny or centime that you donate will go directly to KDUK.
Big big thanks and lots of love to everyone who has donated and supported us in so many ways, there are too many to name but you know who you are.
If you want to follow our progress (and check that we haven’t been eaten by bears) you can follow Transrockies Run on Facebook or read blog posts about the race on the Transrockies Run website - wish us luck!!!