One thing I always thought was weird was the concept of a literal dream or vision becoming the motivation for doing, making, or being something amazing. Think about Joseph in the Bible, where his dream led him into becoming a power for change in the Egyptian kingdom. Others in the Bible, and in history, cite dreams and visions as that turning moment for something we have never seen before; and those dreams are realized in different mediums, from the canvas of art to the canvas of life.
A guy that we know, Mike, is one of these guys. And his dream?
“I saw an alien coming from beyond the horizon…….”
Let those first 9 words sink in. Crazy, right?
Yet, years later, that realized dream is one of the reasons that one of our partner organizations, the Matthew E. Russell Foundation, has been able to impact the lives of children in South Africa. And it starts with the Area 13.1 race, here in beautiful Roswell, Georgia. Mike Buckelew, the founder and owner of Zulu Racing, a time management company, started the Area 13.1 Half Marathon & Terrestrial 5K Race to support the building of technology-based libraries in KwaZuluNatal, South Africa, through the MER Foundation. As the first half marathon ever hosted in the city of Roswell, thousands of runners and supporters come out decked in their alien/sci-fi themed outfits and accessories to run one of the coolest night races in the country.
So, if you are in the metro Atlanta area for the weekend, come on up into Roswell to Riverside Park on August 22nd! Signups for the race are still happening; as you run, sweat, and earn that cool medal, you will be able to help a cause that we at ASFAC are heavily intertwined with. And if you’re not the running type? Volunteer with us! There’s many places where we could use some help to make this race successful, and you will get to see some of us from ASFAC at the race. ;)
All the information, whether you want to run or volunteer, is at alienhalf.com; take a look and partner with us, Zulu Racing, & the Matthew E. Russell Foundation for a great event for a great cause.
Final thought: Mike’s dream led to something great. What dreams of yours are waiting to come out on the canvas, or out into your life?