Running Across Iowa for a Cause
My name is Anthony Kinley. I currently work as a Facility Manager for a software development company in Ames, IA. I also am an Assistant Cross Country and Distance Track coach for a local high school. In my free time, I love spending time with my wife and two dogs, enjoy reading and podcasts, and am always open to new opportunities or adventures.
I started running when I was 13 years old in middle school track and cross country. I always wanted to be a football player but fortunately, I was a little too small however running – that was something I excelled at and loved doing from the start.
I ran on a championship team in high school and continued with a running club at university. Although I found a great group to be involved with, running was not the same as it used to be. I somehow found myself dreading runs, races and everything that I thought came with running.
I still pushed myself to do it every day.
This ultimately led me into a tough state of mind. I came to the realization that my ego was way more powerful than I imagined and I was doing so many things that did not truly matter to me or did not come from me trying to be authentic.
I began to realize that it does not matter how far I run or how fast or with who, it was simply an accomplishment to be able to just run. Since then, I have been evolving into the man and runner that I am now.
Over the years, I have completed multiple marathons (including the Boston Marathon), half marathons and smaller road races and this past April I tested myself by running across the Grand Canyon and back (R2R2R).
I may not always have running as a part of my life but I do know that taking the time to work on myself has helped me become a much better person for those I have the chance to be around.
I now enjoy a plant-based lifestyle, which makes me feel my best and completes a holistic approach to my health, for my mind and body.
The ability to run, stay healthy and have the time to commit to running is a blessing and I want to use that blessing for more than myself. This is why I am going to help fundraise for the Austin Smith Inclusive Playground.
Austin Smith Inclusive Playground
Located in Monticello, Iowa
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