Organic Endurathon comes to an end on Earth Day.


Organic Endurathon comes to an end on Earth Day.

The Organic Endurathon came to a close yesterday, Earth Day 2007. I was sad to see it end, mostly because we had such a great time and created so much awareness of organic products along the way. At the same time, I was relieved that is was over, as it was extremely physically challenging.
To sum up the athletic experience, I did 5 marathons the first 5 days (26.2 miles each), and developed a swollen Achilles so I decided not to run any further. My team picked up from there and ran the next 4 marathons with the help of Tony and Marsha Bedard of Frontier Natural Products Coop (see It really became a team effort! Finally on Earth Day, I had one more marathon in me, so I brought it into Iowa City for the finish!
Along the way we spoke to so many people and learned a lot in the process. One thing I learned that some people think the word “organic” means “vegetarian”. Who would have guessed. I think my next objective will be to communicate the misconceptions surrounding organic products. After talking to more than 1000 people along the way, including hundreds of children, I think we made a difference—just as we all can if we try hard enough.
It was a great ending as we were able to meet Barack Obama after his Earth Day rally in Iowa City. I hope we planted an organic seed in his head, because we definitely need more support for organic agriculture in our government! We then attended a renewable energy concert put on by IRENEW (Iowa Renewable Energy Association) featuring Greg Brown with Mike and Amy Finders. Wow! What a great ending to an amazing organic journey.

Thank you to all of the sponsors! (see for a complete list) And thank you to my support crew: Mark Patterson, Kimberly Dickey, Tom Havran, Rob Shriver, and Jon Fogarty.

And special thanks to my wife, Andrea, and my children for supporting me!

To all of the above, I couldn’t have done it without you!

And to our Eco Lips customers—your support allows us to continue to raise awareness of the positive effects of organic products.
A few examples:
-reducing pesticides in our air, land, and waterways
-increasing our health with more nutrients and antioxidants
-decreasing our dependency on foreign oil (pesticides are mostly derived from petroleum)

So thank you very much, and Happy Earth Day!

Organically yours,

click here for an article in the Iowa City Press Citizen