Donawa runs for charity at London Marathon
Veteran distance runner Jay Donawa will be running for more than personal pride and glory during next month’s London Marathon.
The Auburn University graduate will compete on behalf of UK charity Sparks who have made it possible for him to fulfill an ambition of competing in the prestigious race.
“The London Marathon has been an event on my race calendar for a number of years,” Donawa said. “Along with the help of my good friend Dr Freddie Evans I tried to gain entry into the 2011 event but was unsuccessful due to the limited number of entries available.
“This year Dr Evans made some local contact with Andy Brooks and Greg Maybury who introduced us to the UK charitable organisation Sparks. Climbing onboard with Sparks gave me a clear avenue to gain entry into the marathon.”
As a leading children’s medical research charity, Sparks is dedicated to funding and championing pioneering research into a range of conditions affecting babies, children and pregnant women all around the globe. It’s already given $34 million to the cause.
“My goal is to raise $3,000 for this worthy charity which provides medical breakthroughs and makes a difference not only across the UK but for thousands of women, children and families around the world,” Donawa said.
The local runner, who competed at this month’s NACAC Cross Country Championships in Trinidad, said he was pleased with his preparations for the 26.2 mile race and is confident he can make a smooth transition to running over the longer distance.
“The transition is huge but with increased mileage your body is able to adapt,” Donawa said. “My marathon preparation has included a weekly run consisting of 19-23 miles long. That along with some marathon pace runs have been my main training sessions.
“I run 11 times a week and I take ice baths on a regular basis. My training has been very consistent and I am on target to completing my goals.”
Donawa’s fastest time over the 26.2 mile distance currently stands at 2:30.44 which he established at the 2010 New York City Marathon.
The 39-year-old runner’s airfare for the trip to London has been paid for by Bermuda Track and Field Association (BTFA).
“The BTFA along with president Donna Watson has supported me greatly with this venture,” he said.
Those interested in sponsoring Donawa can do so by visiting the athlete’s fundraising page located at www.justgiving.com/Albert-Jay-Donawa.
The site allows for the usage of a debit or credit cards which will be deposited directly into SPARKS’ account.
“I’m graciously asking for financial assistance as I tackle the 26.2 mile course on the streets of London in aid of life saving research,” Donawa said. “I also ask if there are Bermudians in the London area to please come out and support as I fly the Bermuda and Sparks flag through the streets of London.”
The race will be held April 22.
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