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Deyl Kearin
Kua Oti Te (It is Finished)

09 March 2019 08:03 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

I'm writing from the comfort of a clean house, with a clean shave and a loooooooong hot shower with a keyboard that actually works. ahhhhhhhhhhh

When I did the Sahara race in 2012, the final day was a couple kilometer untimed jog around the Giza pyramids and then the photo finish. In my head, today's final day was going to be a similar "fun run". With swollen calves and a hobble in my step after the long march, I was thinking I could only handle a short flat loop.

Well, the challenges didn't stop after the long march! Today's final run was a 15 kilometer RACE complete with mud crossing, mountain climbs and a harrowing hands and knees slide down a long steep mountainside. I put on my game face and tried to get my blood flowing. I was starting in 7th place, but I could have easily dropped into double digits if i took it slow. Competitors were just minutes behind me in overall time. Maybe it was pride, but I definitely wasn't going to go limp after 5 days and 235 kilometers.

Everyone was running twice as fast as normal since they knew it was a short day and the finish line (and real food) lay ahead. I blasted out of the gates and was huffing and puffing and dripping sweat within minutes. My calf hurt, and as we came up the steep mountain climb it was pretty searing, and I had to adjust my stride. 

After a few k's of climbing, it felt like someone jabbed a dagger under my left knee. It was painful, but I could adjust my hobble and keep moving. I hoped the downhill would allow me some speed. It didn't.

The downhill was more of a hill slide than anything else, and both sections took me about 10 minutes to complete. It has been a long time since I cried in pain, but today I did. The pain under my knee was excruciating, and I was waiting to tumble down the hill as both my legs felt unstable. 

Competitors piled up behind me, and a few passed when we got to the base. With only 5k to go, I dug deep through the pain, knowing it would soon be over. I kept a strong pace and shook off some of the pain and a few runners, trying to hold my place. I was beyond relieved and emotional to see the finish line. They took my timing chip about 200m before the finish line, so I could jog it in and enjoy the moment. 

Oh, enjoy the moment I did. Summer and Vienna saw me from a ways away and sprinted into my arms. Tears rolled down all of our faces as Paige handed me River and me and the kids crossed the finish line together. It was a spectacular setup where a river delta fed into picturesque Lake Wanaka, with a cathedral of the mountains we climbed as a surround.

After lots of kisses with Paige and the kids, I beelined for the food table. HEAVEN. I literally at 3 sausage sandwiches, a big scone, chocolate, a bacon sandwich, dozens and dozens of sautéed potato wedges dipped in sour cream, two cokes and three beers. In like 20 minutes. I kid you not. Back in Queenstown I had Paige stop so I could get two scoops of ice cream on a chocolate dipped waffle cone, two pieces of pizza and a blue cheese sirloin hot pie. That was just a warmup for tonight's banquet.

The banquet was inspiring to see all these people with medals around their necks from different countries, ages 18 - 72, different challenges and impairments NOT holding them back. I was proud and humbled to be among this group.

I was surprised to receive the award for 1st place in my age group of 30 - 39. They still haven't posted the final results, but I'm pretty sure I finished top ten. As I begin to reflect, the placing matters little compared to the knowledge that I could not have pushed myself more this last week. I left it all out on the course, and I'm really proud of that. The more I emptied myself, the more God showed up. Every time. Some words from 2 Corinthians came to life for me once again "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."

I'm going to be processing this for a while. As of right now, we've raised over $32,000 USD to help fight extreme poverty.

Right now, I'm incredibly grateful for this unique opportunity, for my wife and family and friends and YOU who supported me, gave me the encouragement and words and donations which all fueled me.

Comments: Total (7) comments

LAURA DESGRANGES

Posted On: 11 Mar 2019 09:02 pm

Deyl - what an amazing end to an incredible feat! CONGRATULATIONS! You made the whole Opportunity team so proud -- such an inspiring way to use your gifts for people living in poverty. THANK YOU!

Dr Bob Nelson

Posted On: 11 Mar 2019 06:36 am

Sounds like a trailer for a movie documentary! We’re all very proud of you, Deyl!!

Shirley Madkins

Posted On: 10 Mar 2019 11:38 pm

We couldn’t be more proud of you Deyl!! We know your fighting spirit comes from our Lord and that He allowed you to finish this race. Thank you for caring so much about poverty but most of all, for DOING something about it. Enjoy your family and the rest of your time in New Zealand. God bless you Deyl.

Laurie Hadley

Posted On: 10 Mar 2019 07:07 pm

Deyl, Well my friend, YOU DID IT!!! Through following your journey, we have all learned lessons. I was reminded over and over how God's love for each of us cannot be fathomed. His patience with us, His guidance and grace have no limits. And when one of His sheep gets "off course" in life, He will guide us back. I am proud of your commitment and am honored to be a small part of your mission to help those in need. You have our continuing support both financially and prayerfully in eradicating poverty. Sending love your way, and gratitude to our Father in heaven for sustaining you We love you guys!! James, Laurie, Jen and Ryan

William Brehm

Posted On: 10 Mar 2019 06:11 pm

Deyl, I have been following your amazing race including Paige’s comments for your updates. Your last blog brought great feelings of happiness and emotion in me for you and your family. The end of the race with your family must have been a massive feeling many of us have not felt, but with your descriptions of the finish of the race and the food after the race, you allowed us in on your special moment. Congratulations on getting first in your age group and in completing the race. You raised a lot of money for those who are in need and you raised a lot of spirits in your descriptions of what you were doing and feeling and why you were doing it.

James Meenan

Posted On: 10 Mar 2019 01:45 am

“A warrior is a guy that goes ‘i’m here again today. I’ll be here again tomorrow and the next day.’ It’s a person who puts no limit on what’s possible.” David Goggins You’re a warrior. It was an absolute pleasure my man. Pushed to our mental and physical extremes but we overcame and kept swinging. Some epic moments with you that will live with me forever. Let’s plan another one soon!

Tonia Longobardy

Posted On: 09 Mar 2019 10:24 pm

Wow! Awesome job Deyl!! What an accomplishment. Sounds like it was grueling towards the end! Enjoy your winding down period. Send hugs and kisses to Paige and the kids from us! -Tonia and family
Deyl Kearin
Stage 5

08 March 2019 07:20 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

There’s a quote that goes something like this: That which gives off light must endure burning.

if there’s any outward light that comes from my going on this journey, yesterday i definitely endured the burning! or freezing to be  more accurate. the first 4 days largely played to my strengths and let me push it. yesterdays long march exposed my weaknesses!

the day started with a beautiful sunshine and my body was sore but in pretty decent shape. i dedicated the days effort to my mom, whose birthday is march 7! i started in the top group and plugged along, gazing at the beauty and taking note of the rain showers in the distance. i put on my rain shell as i left CP 2 and started a very steep climb. my right calf throbbed with pain, so i adjusted my climb stride and grinded up a 2400’ ascent. the pain of my calf, overall fatigue and the fact that i was already soaked to the bone with rain made it slow going as i gave up several places to competitors.

as we crested, i started shifting around looking for that beast mode gear. i briefly found it and flew past 5 competitors into 4th place which i held for several miles. i came to CP 3 feeling decent, but getting colder and achier. my irish friend james and i spent a beautiful but tiresome hour in a river valley complete with at least half a dozen river crossings up to waist deep. the water was cold and gravel filled up our shoes. we had a few “lets remember this moment” moments.

the rain gained intensity through the day. as i got colder, my aches and pains increased exponentially. i lost some speed and dropped into 6th or 7th place after CP 5, well over halfway done with the race. i decided not to stop at the overnight rest spot. i made a hot meal and threw it in the top of my bag for later. i hoped not to find chicken tikka dripping all down into my bag later. i remained in good spirits, dreaming of hot food and a dry sleeping bag.

at around 30 miles, an official car zoomed up to me and said STOP WAIT HERE!! YOURE OFF COURSE. i waited in the cold rain for instruction. their radio crackled, then they told me to proceed. after about 200 meters, they honked and told me to come back. i waited. 3 competitors came up from behind. they instructed us down to the river. wrong way. up the steep mountain. wrong way. sorry. wait more. cold rain. deep shivering. this turned into about a 20+ min delay. once we started on the right path, i was frozen to the bone.  i pulled on my emergency rain poncho, hoping to hold a little more heat in.

i started up the 1800’ climb in tons of pain, hobbling from my calf. it was difficult to get going again after the stop. it was a grind of a climb, but i was able to pick up a little speed on the downhill to CP 6. when i arrived there i had dropped to around 11th place. they stopped me at this checkpoint and told me to wait. the next river crossing was too high because of the downpour. they held me there, shivering for about 15 minutes. then they turned me around, and sent me back up and over the mountain again! AGH

it took every bit of strength to keep grinding at this point. it was hard to formulate prayers, so it was more like HELP HELP HELP! on the descent, i slipped in the mud and went down HARD, flat on my back. everything exploded in pain, which lit me up with anger and adrenaline. i started running like a madman and ignored the screams of pain, even as i slipped two more times.

i had to go off trail to locate the race directors car, which i saw on a distant road. she directed me to the new CP 7, through a pasture and a muddy river. i was on planet hurt at this point, grinding as the darkness came over the course. i didn’t have the energy to pull out my headlamp, so i ran in the dark hoping i wouldn’t miss the turnoff for the finish line/final camp.

they didnt even see me come across the finish line in the darkness and wild wind/rain. they gave me my drop bag, and i could barely think straight because of my deep exhaustion and coldness. i eventually found my way into warm clothes and fell deep asleep.

i couldn’t even begin to process yesterday and the race until this afternoon as i sat by myself by a river near camp. it is still so much to process.

i don’t think it would have been right if yesterday were another beautiful warm day and i got to push myself into the top placing (i still don’t have race results... there were so many course changes they have no idea how to allocate times yet). i was reminded this thing isnt about my results compared to other people. this whole thing is about running the race God has set out before me... my own race... my own weaknesses... my own battles... my own growth. i definitely grow more when stretched. i had to endure a lot of stretching yesterday to see this thing to completion. in this pain and struggle i got something way more valuable than a race result. i’ll draw on this for a long time no doubt.

i don’t think it would all be right if i raised money for people living in constant struggle without enduring a smidge of struggle, hunger and discomfort myself. it seems a bit more authentic this way.

i’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity to race for my friends in uganda. i also found out today that we hit the 30k mark! i can’t tell you how happy this makes me. it puts things into perspective for sure. reminding me of the bigger story at play here.

my calves/ankles are swollen, my stomach is empty, my fingers are even tired from typing this. but my heart is full and tears of gratitude stream down my face. thank you all for being part of this journey with me.

Comments: Total (15) comments

Vanessa Salice

Posted On: 09 Mar 2019 04:02 pm

This post brought the happiest tears to my eyes! For the past 24 hours we thought you didn't get a chance to finish (a pain I know too well) and I am so thrilled that you were able to finish and experience the true deep, emptied out feeling that we long for! You are a HERO DK!! So incredibly proud to call you my friend and deeply grateful for the example you've set and the work that you've done for Opportunity International. Big hugs to you and your beautiful family!

Erin Chadwick

Posted On: 09 Mar 2019 07:01 am

Woah, woah, woah... it’s like you’ve traveled a lifetime in this journey your on. How amazing to gain so much clear perspective on your journey this week that will motivate and teach you for a lifetime. We are so dang proud of you. The fact that you keep on running- keep on putting one foot in front of the other over and over despite so so many obstacles.... it’s like these kids you are running for, despite the obstacles that threaten to kill, steal, and destroy they not only survive, they smile, they praise God, they live with gratitude. Our hero’s. Keep at friend, one more day till wife and kids- food and warmth and rest. YOU ROCK!!

Mike Walker

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 07:08 pm

It's hard to articulate how difficult it is to start moving again after waiting in the rain for 20 minutes and having just run 125+ miles. I can only imagine how cold and stiff you were. That in itself is a huge accomplishment. I am sure the warm back seat of the race directors car looked mighty appealing while you were standing in the deluge. What an epic day and what an incredible story of suffering and perseverance. Way to go! O'h and by the way you finished in the top 10 which is absolutely epic in itself. I think Skye is going to have up his game a bit!! Huge congrats to you and I am grateful you found the challenge you were looking for and even happier that you crushed it. Well done and enjoy the fruits of your labor as you have earned it - ie lots of food and beer.

Becky Hamilton

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 05:59 pm

I second both Chris and Noah's comments! I imagine you probably did well over the 144.28 miles yesterday with all the re-routing, and to still come in 7th - amazing! And now to be finished with this epic challenge with such great new perspective on life going forward... so cool. Can't wait to hear more stories from the trail. Praying for you in this last leg today!

Noah H

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 05:17 pm

Deyl hardcore leg 5. Glad to hear you finished. I love the perspective of running a race that’s enduring of hardship and in the bigger perspective it’s only for a moment of your life. And God is carrying you to run for those less fortunate who have experienced a lifetime of hardship and hunger.

Ron Flint

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 04:55 pm

Deyl! So impressed with your commitment and resolve all to glorify God. Its not just the money your helping to raise...its the inspiration you are giving all of us to live to honor our Lord. We are talking and praying for you throughout each day. Hey... I could not help but notice in your dad‘s note to you the references to the Three Amigos (one of my top 10 all time favorite movies). We too would like to celebrate you and your Herculean efforts to help the poor by presenting you with your own “Hefe sweater” on your return to Sanra Barbara. Godspeed!

Fellow Ninja

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 04:54 pm

Very wise ninja to keep your headlamp off and cross finish line in the dark. This is the way all ninja prefer to enter camp and it is only for the elite. Well done.

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 04:10 pm

I love you son.

Carly McGuire

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 03:51 pm

I'll be honest. I registered for a 5K and attempted to train but I'm not a runner or athletic in any stretch of the imagination, so my training was awful and I didn't show up to the 5K. It's pretty safe to say that I cannot fathom what you are doing right now, let alone that you are in the Top 10!! It's incredible and you are incredible! Your drive and dedication is amazing! You're hungry and hurting and still pushing forward. When you spoke at the Opportunity Summit, you were referring to Opportunity Clients when you said "They give me something of greater value than money could ever buy." It gave me goosebumps and brought a tear to my eye. I added your beautiful quote to my Inspiration Wall of my cubical as a reminder that everyday my work is all for them. Every step and ever mile is for them. Remember their stories and push for their greater tomorrow. You amaze me, Deyl!! I'll be sending you positive thoughts the next few days! KEEP GOING! YOU CAN DO THIS!

Chris Kates

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 03:29 pm

DUDE! By the time you read this, you'll be DONE! Was a welcome relief to wake up today to your summary from the 5th stage! My life paused when you went off the grid. I can't believe you seriously crossed the finish line in the dark without them noticing!!! So many set backs. Must have been unbelievably challenging to keep your momentum going through the pain and confusion. SO poetic that you experienced your own battle during the second to last leg in light of why you are running. Feel like your next trip is going to be to Uganda, to meet the folks who you are serving. Could not be more in awe and proud of you!! I can just imagine you crossing the finish line after the last leg to your wonderful family! Sure it will be emotional. I also can't wait to hear about what you eat and do post race to celebrate your incredible victory. We'll all be celebrating with you stateside! Love you, friend!!

Shirley Madkins

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 03:15 pm

Deyl, we continue to pray earnestly for you as you run the final leg of your race. I know of no other human being that could do what you’re doing.....you are amazing in God’s eyes, and certainly ours. You have the passion and purpose to complete this race in style. You already are a HUGE WINNER in God’s eyes as He sees your heart and knows you best. To say we are proud of you is an understatement- you are loved and respected deeply Deyl. Much love and prayers for a long rest and restoration of your body once this is completed. Shirley and Larry

Anna Stump

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 02:53 pm

Deyl, the Stump family is so proud of your effort, your drive and your commitment to bettering this beautiful world. I know this last day brings challenge and reprieve. Everything we will ever need is inside us, so source of strong. Much love and support. Anna and family.

Linda Colby

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 02:18 pm

What? They did not see you pass the finish line? Night runner that you were!!!! They posted you were pulled? They looked back but you were ahead!!! Set some perspective coming out of frozen agony!!!! Sooo PROUD of how you and God conversed and you kept the suffering in perspective!!!! Holy Cow!!!!! 7th place!!!! Seven is the number of completeness and perfection!!!!Take that to heart!!!!’ Amazing ! Amazing! Amazing ! You are perfectly aligned with the God. Fly to the finish line, good and faithful servant!’ Amazing God! Amazing you!’❤️

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 01:05 pm

Deyl- Congrats! The race just posted results and your 7th place over all! That is out of 119 still active competitors and 41 withdrawn competitors!! Top 10 rocks!! Congrats on accomplishing 144.28 epic miles so far, reaching $30k for poverty (and counting) and bringing our family out to NZ on a an amazing family adventure. One more Stage to Go....do it well. End strong. Kids and I CAN NOT wait to cheer you in over the finish line!! I love you so much! Get ready to eat lamb, get lots of hugs and relax. Almost there!! Can't wait to be together. xoxo, Paige

Laurie Hadley

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 07:52 am

Deyl, Such relief to hear your update, and such gratitude to Father God for sustaining you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." Stay strong, safe and focused...but most important , stay humble and grateful and receive God's grace to carry you to the final finish. Love and prayers from your Florida Fam.
Deyl Kearin
Stage 4

06 March 2019 08:39 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

Some of you have been praying a verse I’ve never heard before. Habakkuk 3:19 says “I take heart and gain strength. I run like a deer. I feel like I’m king of the mountain.” Today that verse came to life for me!

I started the day with my usual routine. After the gun blast, I usually spend the first 5 minutes doing “flight check” and seeing where I packed my snacks, electrolytes, my headphones, adjusting straps, etc. Adrenaline from the start and all the cheering carrys me for about 5 min, then I spend alittle while checking in with my body. Toes, feet, ankles and knees, hams, quads all the way up. Overall ifelt pretty good today. After that, I start settling in to my run, I’m warm and starting to become present. Then I usually spend the next hour or two chatting with God, drinking in the scenery, praying for friends and family and letting Him speak to me about the day. then I usually shift into grind mode and get some mileage behind me.

We immediately crossed a river out of the start and spent the next few hours climbing an incredibly steep and incredibly beautiful mountain with soggy shoes. My grind mode was as fast as I could go, but it was pretty slow and I was hanging around 10-11th place. We summited Roy’s Peak (google it, amazing) and enjoyed 360 views of mountains and lakes. The track was only a few feet wide and a fall to either side would give you a quick ride down several thousand feet. It was super dramatic and I managed some photos.

At CP 2, we started heading down. That’s when I came alive. I felt like I had a new body. I shifted from grind mode and found a new gear: beast mode. I flew down the 5 mile descent like a deer… past competitors and cheering tourists. I was hooting and hollering and sometimes even had my arms out for extra lift. I was in 5th place at the bottom of the mountain, filled up with water, and wondered how I would manage on the remaining 7.5 miles of undulating hills in the windless heat.

I quickly ran out of water, but I also quickly overtook 2 runners and slipped into 3rd. I knew I had a long way still, but nothing hurt and I started running up the hills thinking third place runners don’t walk up hills. My heart was pounding and my legs were pulsing with lactic acid, but all I could think about was blowing across the finish line. I ended up putting 10 minutes between me and 4th place and finished the stage with my best result ever. The only other time I got third place in anything, there were only 3 people in my age group!

I had tremendous moments of gratitude and God’s presence today. thanks for all your prayers, I literally feel them every step of the way. I’m trying to fuel up and recover well for the 50 mile stage tomorrow. We’ll see how my race strategy pans out as the Long March is no doubt a beast of a run.

I’m not getting emails unfortunately, but your blog comments have me laughing and crying! Thank you for the support. I heard we’re over 26k! lets get some beast mode giving happening in the next 24 hours and get to 50k! will anyone offer to double their donation if I end up top 5!? It will help me on my massive push tomorrow! Love you all!

Comments: Total (50) comments

Bunyip Dreaming

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 06:34 am

Yee! Ive followed every update from the start. Come on dude, you freakin got this. Buckle down and stay focused, or zone out to memories of razor edge cojo with just the two of us. Maybe envision a random Bunyip dog with rainbow sparkles or Occy surfing RedBluff. Lots of directions you could go with it really. Just start replaying the memory bank of times we’ve enjoyed together. When you get back I look forward to figuring out how to sync up more and make more memories. You’re a good friend who has pushed me to be my best and I hope in some way when you read this it will make you pumped up or numb to the pain or just feeling full. One more to go to dude, and then you can go get an apple fritter.

Carolyn Kirkpatrick

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 04:53 am

Deyl, We are with you in spirit each step of the way.

Linda Colby

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 02:19 am

Deyl.... one of the gifts of the Spirit is longsuffering. Sounds like today you leaned on that gift. Imagine seating on the floor, in front of a warm fire , teaching River how to use his wooden play tools. Warm , loving thoughts and fervent prayers follow you through the night and through the end race. “ The Lord will go before you. He is your God. He will sustain you and care for you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Paige, Summer Vienna, and River will be there waiting. All the Colbys are CHEERING you ON!!! Love you! So proud of you!!!

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 01:50 am

Deyl- we got the finish line info! We will be at the finish line tomorrow at 9am. :-). Can't wait to see you!! xoxoxo Paige

Cassie Wyssbrod

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 01:28 am

Deyl Your heroic efforts have pushed us past the $30k mark. In these next hours we pray people will continue to respond and that we’ll reach the goal. I read they closed the course due to “inhuman weather” can’t even imagine!! Praying for and lifting you up in these final hours!!!

Lenya McGrath

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 12:06 am

Hey Deyl, I've been following along your updates and WOW, you are amazing!!! Keep it going, only one more race to go!

Michael Thomspon

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 12:03 am

Deyl!!! You're amazing. Just heard you got pulled because the weather was too gnarly. Can't wait to hear how you are after that brutal stage. The Thompsons are thinking about you and praying for you, man... for amazing time with our God and his nature... and clarity... and health! Love you, brother!

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 08:22 pm

Hi Deyl- I wrote to Samantha 2x via email and did not receive anything....also, I do not see any info online about where the finish line is? I don't know time or city or anything about where you are finishing?? Can you please send me info, tell Samantha to email me or have race directors post. Our family so badly want to be at the finish line and to pick you up but have zero details. I did not see any info about the bus either. Literally, nothing. Best, Paige

Seth Colby

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 07:27 pm

Thinking and praying for you as you take up this new day and new challenge. May you live it with joy. Today is the only time we have. I am glad you are seizing it.

Marian Drops

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 07:10 pm

Congratulations, Deyl. Nearing the finish requires the greatest concentration and strength. Take these words from Revelation 3:8 as God’s words to you: “I know all that you’ve done. Now I have set before you a wide open door that none can shut. For I know of your little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name. Keep your eyes on Jesus, the one who gave you faith to undertake this journey. Know that My power is made perfect in your weakness.

Ann Marie Stuart

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 04:53 pm

Daring Deyl, in Awe of your courage and sacrifice for the sake of serving others! Been seeing and knowing you are safe AND Victorious ! Our prayer of protection daily : The light of God surrounds you Deyl, the Love of God enfolds you Deyl, the power of God Protects you Deyl, the Presence of God watches over you Deyl! Wherever you are, where ever you Go! God Is and All is Well! We love you ! Ann Marie and Michael

Marcus Elliott

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 03:56 pm

3rd place...yes!! It's about time you started living up to your talent! Super stoked for you buddy. Sounds amazing in deep ways....even better than jumping off a pier blindfolded or 14 hrs of stairwells! Go get it man. Leave it all out there, see how that feels! Much LOVE, marcus

Sarah Tesch

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 02:05 pm

WooHoo Deyl, I'm blown away by your vivid account, masterful storytelling, and oh yeah... the running!! Your amazing tenacity and spirit are refreshing and so encouraging. I pray you will be continually filled today with God's strength, peace, goodness, and JOY. Thank you for bringing awareness of extreme poverty and the opportunity to overcome it to the world. We are so grateful for you and your family and I'm praying for abundant blessings!

Claire Farris

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 01:49 pm

Wow. You are really running with Gods grace. Such a wonderful experience. Praying for a good finish for you.

Donna Nuss

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 11:56 am

Daryl and I are praying for you. I was reminded of Isaiah 40:31,”But Those who wait on the Lord and renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Love and blessings to you!

Bob Laughlin

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 08:00 am

Wow!!I'm very proud of you! Not envious but proud!!! God bless you. Praying for you!’ Love in Christ for you Rabbit

Kit Cooper

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 07:55 am

Go Deyl! We’re proud of what your showing!

Vienna Kearin

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 07:50 am

Hi Dad! I can not wait till Saturday when we see you cross the finish line and pick you up. Remember God is with you. I hope you run well and don't run out of food. I can't wait till your back. I can't wait for iFly. Love, Vie-Vie

Anna Quinlan

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 07:47 am

Deyl- Keep it up! Just donated and put in one extra dollar to honor the mile that Noah's birth mom walked to get him to safety. I felt that I shared in her story when I ran a marathon, and I hope to continue to honor the idea that our effort can change the world one (literal) step at a time by supporting you in a very tiny way as you work toward your goal. Inspiring as always! Keep fighting :)

Adam Dirks

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 07:32 am

Beast mode! We're proud of you man!! Keep it up, you have what it takes!

Summer Kearin

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 06:55 am

Hey Dad! You know when Vienna chases me around the house and I say, POWER BOOSTERS!!!!!!!! ...and then I run ,run, run soooooooo fast that Vienna can’t catch up to me, that is just like BEAST MODE but I guess Beast Mode is more beasty and even faster. So....Go, Go, Go, Dad and do the BEAST MODE. I love you. Love, Sum-Sum

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 06:49 am

Deyl- I'm in utter amazement of you and can't believe how well you are doing. First, you being in the top 10 blew my mind and then to push to be in 3rd!!! Whhhhaaatt!?!?! I was overwhelmed with gratitude when I woke up today and that was before I found out about #3. There is so much grace covering you, covering this season, covering us all. It's humbling and so sweet. Deep gratitude. Summer loves watching your race. In fact, we are all hooked...I have never re-visted one website so many times. Ha, ha. Marcus said "Deyl is just discovering what a beast, he is". Juliet says "you are doing what only the tiniest fraction of humanity ever might attempt. It’s incredible". Mind-blowing. I knew God was going to show up for you this week, but He surprised me that it was to make you so damn fast and strong. If i had to guess what's He is up to, i think he wants you to know how strong you and Him are together. It's so awesome to watch. :-) This week here at Closeburn Station has also been blessed and He has covered the kids and I too. The kitchen has even been clean (wow! Another miracle). Thank you for all the prayers over us too. All four of us are well. We had Tam and her girls over to the house today and plan to do Forest School again tomorrow. It's been a week to remember with the homeschool crew. So much to update you on. I am missing you. No email communication between you and me has added to the feeling of distance....but it's the sweetest "i miss you and love you so much" and "I'm the luckiest girl ever to be married to Him" ache. Purdue love spell. I can't WAIT for the long car ride home to Closeburn after the race where I get to hear all the big and small details of your week....and I can share our week with you too. Excited for next week when we just get to soak in the post-race glory and lay around and have no training hanging over our heads and of course, eating at Pedros House of Lamb e-v-e-r-y night! Ha, ha. Yay! We still have 4 more weeks in NZ - how fun! It will all be here very, very soon, so just leave it all out there. You don’t get 2nd chances. Praying for you to re-come alive e-v-e-r-y mile out there on your long race....and e-v-e-r-y mile get a new body. Exciting discovering new gears in you. I sense God really wants you to know you have those gears. You’re a powerful leader....and no mistake that your the CEO of Unstoppable...a company dedicated to helping people learn to be inspirational themselves. You are synonymous with Unstoppable!!!! ** FUNDRAISER UPDATE = $28,432 ** . Ninety-nine 99 people have given from all areas of your walk of life and voting on you! It's sweet to see all the support. You know all 99 people by name. Sent out an email to your Run4Poverty list with the title "Deyl Leads Race with Overall Winners in Stage 4". :-) Pretty damn cool. I have done FB and a newsletter everyday...it really helps when you say how much the fundraiser means to you and a rally fundraiser cry comes from you. You have a lot of fans. I love you from the deepest part of me. Fly on eagle wings, Deyl. Fly! Praying you just get flown up to the top of those peaks, amazed and wondering how you just arrived at the top of the hills. Pumped and holding for Top Five ranking! Kids and I will be at the finish line cheering with the biggest, most wild waving arms! Bring it home. Crush Stage 6 with those fast twitch Kearin muscles. Hey- and if you’re in top 3...why not just be #1??? Think about it. It’s Stage 6 that determines the different between #1 and #3….why not just win the whole Damn thing? C. Santini is definitely a long distance guy, but could you smoke him on the victory lap with those fast twitch muscles and steal all the glory? Beast mode? Eagle wings? That said, calculate properly. I mostly just want healthy you back home with me and us. Listen for the Voice and Goooo!! You got all of me. I’m 100% yours. I am your girl. I love you. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! Best, Paige

Eddie Schurmann

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 06:12 am

Well done!! Amazing effort! Love the part where you spend time with God and pray for your family!

Tim Kearin

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 05:20 am

Deyl, you are amazing, son! You’ve proven that the only thing I can beat you in anymore is fishing. I just finished bragging about you to 45 Westmont students. I spoke on becoming an entrepreneur and how not everyone has it but if you do, you can set the heavens as your limit and that certainly is what you have done. I’m sooo proud of you but anxious for you to finish safely. Can’t wait to talk to you. Thank God you are on the final leg. Much love to you.

Brian Townsend

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 04:01 am

So amazing Deyl! You are a real inspiration. Can't believe how well you are doing. I can imagine you switching from grind mode to beast mode and flying by the competition. Good luck tomorrow on the long march. Sounds like a great plan and preparation. I am sure you will crush it.

Betsy Flint

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 03:28 am

Deyl, you’re shredding and its totally sick! (Sorry—reverted to Junior High speak for a moment...April would be horrified...). “Run in such as way as to get the prize”—-(1 Cor. 9:24)...”Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal. 6:9). The finish line is within range—-we’re with you all the way!

Cassie Wyssbrod

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 03:03 am

Wow #3!!!! AMAZING. As Opportunity staff is together in Chicago we have shared your updates and covered you in prayer. We are so grateful for your powerful witness. We are so encouraged by your efforts. Blessings to you and your incredible wife in kids. Deyl THANK YOU!!!! We are at $29K..... hoping to break that with the blast going out to 26k people.

Powell Family

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 01:25 am

Yes God! I love reading your updates. It gets me so pumped as I keep seeing angels ministering to you. I’m asking the Holy Spirit to give you eyes to see these angles ministering to you in so many ways that you’d be radically encouraged experiencing Gods unfathomable kindness and intentionality. Also tomorrow as you run back to back races praying this song by josh Baldwin “get your hopes up” over you. May your hopes be SKY high or God high! I see the son waking up the morning, reviving dreams I feel the wind on my back with promise, reminding me There's a garment of praise for heaviness There's a new song burning inside my chest I'm living in the goodness that He brings Get your hopes up Lift your head Let your faith arise Get your hopes up Our God is for us He's brought us back to life I see the son waking up the morning, reviving dreams I feel the wind on my back with promise, reminding me There's a garment of praise for heaviness There's a new song burning inside my chest I'm living in the goodness that He brings Get your hopes up Lift your head Let your faith arise Get your hopes up Our God is for us He's brought us back to life Get your hopes up Lift your head Let your faith arise Get your hopes up Our God is for us He's brought us back to life Christ before me Christ behind me I am firmly held In his mercy Never ending I remind myself Christ before me Christ behind me I am firmly held In his mercy Never ending I remind myself Get your hopes up Lift your head Let your faith arise Get your hopes up Our God is for us He's brought us back to life Get your hopes up Lift your head Let your faith arise Get your hopes up Our God is for us He's brought us back to life Beth Hey Deyl. I’m praying you have a great run tomorrow. That Godd would give you supernatural energy for tomorrow. I pray you wouldn’t even be like I am tired. As you start your race you feel so energized and say this is crazy. So I pray you feel this energy as you wake up and as you are going to sleep. As you wake up you feel so refreshed and ready to go. Go knock it out of the park. Do your best because that is the best you can do. Just always know that God is with you and He is with you every step of the way. Have. A great race Deyl. Super D I pray that God gives you a supernatural boost and that God will help you, you will do good and God might even give you the win. Love Ethan Way to run the race that lies ahead of you. May you continue to experience the delight and good pleasure of the Lord as you commune with Him in your run. He is proud of you and enjoys your conversations with Him. Keep busting down strongholds and seeing the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. — Matt “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:13&14

RNelson Parrish

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 01:18 am

Keep crushing DK! Beast. Mode. Engaged. You got this. Big hugs, Np

Linda Colby

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 12:17 am

From the tiny church in Queenstown, to the bursts of flight you felt yesterday..... it is obvious that the Lord is lifting you up to Him the glory and praise. Praying each challenge tomorrow has angels watching over you. I AM BLOWN AWAY!

Steve Beckett

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 11:37 pm

Keep going DK! Amazing effort. Remember meeting you in page. You’ve always been a committted diligent guy that relies on Christ. Don’t stop now. Back to back marathons. After just running 4. Impossible for man. About to drop high school verses on you. Phil 4:13. You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. Fight bro. We are with you.

Ry Warner

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 11:25 pm

Isaiah 40:1-5 - praying for you as you sleep and recover for this adventure ahead. Keep going my brother , keep going!

KC Wilt

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 10:57 pm

Deyl! Thank you Paige for the FB updates. Because I’m sitting here in absolute amazement I felt God confirming to give a big amount for such a big feat! Stay strong, finish strong! We’re all cheering you on! -kc

Chris Kates

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 10:55 pm

DEYL! By the time you get this you'll have finished the BIG ONE! The 77K! LOVED reading your last post. 4th!?!!!! What?!!! Had visions of reading through your posts from the Sahara race. You do such a great job of describing the indescribable for us lazy simpletons who have trouble comprehending all of this. SO proud of you! And SO blown away by your race results. I still can't believe you are racing. Not just competing, but up there with the best of them and passing people along the way. So encouraged by your fundraising and hoping/praying that it increases as you draw closer to the end. Been such a journey thus far. I have been praying and cheering with you every step of the way. My daily emails to you, while my best prose thus far, were clearly not needed and likely will never make it to you, apparently :) You are doing so amazing!! So glad you had many more loved ones cheering you on through your blog. I love that your BEAST mode kicked in gear. So jealous for all of your racing comrades who got to experience this in person. Can only imagine what that feel like. Can't wait to take you out for tr-tip and some IPA's when we overlap next to celebrate! Have been inspired all week knowing you are grueling it out there for our Ugandan friends!! Can't wait to read about your next leg...that you are on now...cause I didn't send to this in time :) Finish this frickin thing like you started it - relying on the Lord's strength, your playlist, and digging deep to new places of beastliness!

Leah Hendrickson

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 09:40 pm

INCREDIBLE! Go Deyl Go! The Hendrickson Clan is cheering you on! With MUCH love, Daniel, Leah, Ken Ken and Caleb!

Ken Colby

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 09:14 pm

From the Movie Chariots of Fire: “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast! And when I run I feel his pleasure.” ― Eric Liddell I know you are in pain after running so much and so hard. I have praying that you also feel Gods pleaser. I am convinced he is please with you. Ken

Jenna Hooley

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 08:32 pm

Way to charge Deyl!! Exciting to read, keep it going with lots of love and prayers!

Skye Sander

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 08:26 pm

3rd!!! Are you kidding me??!? Go Deyl Go!

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 08:19 pm

Deyl, I am so blown away from your 4th stage results. Elation!!!! I cannot wait to hear about it. You really laid it out there. I hope you slept well in your tent last night.I know you are approaching this last long stage with a solid strategy. I believe in you. I stayed up all night wrestling with this long run ahead of you today figuring out my strategy too on how to approach today... as your mom who you seem to like to drag right to the edge :)UGH Today, on our watch begins Lent where Jesus heads to the desert for 40 days to fast and pray and prepare HIS heart. I find this extra overwhelming this morning as you enter into a holy and similar situation. In honor of the Catholic traditions here is a prayer from St. Teresa of Avila for you... Christ has no body now, but yours. Deyl. No hands, no feet on earth, but yours. Deyl. Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks compassion into the world.Deyl. Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good. Deyl. Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world. Deyl. Amen. Now, On your watch today is March 7th! What a celebration it will be when you cross the finish line. I pray for confetti, champagne, pizza, beer, cake, good tunes and a smile on your face that you cannot wipe off! I'm counting on you celebrating with abandonment! Thanks for teaching us all how to keep setting personal goals. You are my best teacher these days! Talk soon! YES. Love love and more love,MOM WOW WOW WOW

Mike Walker

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 07:31 pm

Go get em bud! Super stoked for you. Go kill the 50!!

Becky Hamilton

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 07:08 pm

Wow! So exciting to hear about your 3rd place result!!! Praise the Lord!!! Keep at it.

Kasey Sander

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 05:59 pm

PS even know this is not about placing AT ALL, the competitiveness in me is secretly enjoying watching the competitiveness come alive in you :) BEAST MODE!

Andrew McCusker

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 05:45 pm

Deyl -- this is AMAZING. Thanks heaps for all you are doing, can't wait to hear more updates. Best of luck on your last few days. We're all cheering you on from the UK!

Kasey Sander

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 05:44 pm

Dang brotha! YOU'RE CRUSHING IT!!! Skye reminded me of what pumped him up before his long march in Patagonia: recognizing that he was SO dang lucky to have an opportunity to push himself harder than ever before, to have the opportunity to dig so deep and discover what you're made of, to see how God created you to do WAY more than you think possible. And that there are families right now desperate for their situations to change, and your courage and willingness to do this will be the help a lot of these families need. What an absolute privilege for you! Will be thinking and praying for you constantly today! You're almost there! Go Go Go! Top 5 or not, so dang proud. But we all know you can get top 5 :) Love you!!!

Shirley Madkins

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 05:21 pm

Deyl, we are soooo proud of the Godly man you have become and for your passion for the Lord and for ending poverty. You are truly a role model for so many of us. Prayers continue for you.

Byron Beck

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 04:41 pm

Bro, keep cranking just remember our Brother Jesus suffered for all of us so much more. I’m lifting your arms my friend!!! Go!! Go!!!!! Finish!!!! The good fight!!!!

Lillian Covington

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 02:26 pm

So proud of you Deyl and we continue to pray that The Lord will continue to give you strength to finish this extremely difficult race. THANK YOU so much for being such a great advocate and ambassador for people living in poverty.

Brenda Cornwell

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 01:48 pm

Proud of you kiddo.. speaking of 3rd place seems steve and Drea May be following in yr foot steps delivering #3. That is a clue ! Praying for good health for all

Steve Mayer

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 01:08 pm

Sounds like an amazing experience Deyl. The NJ Mayer’s are cheering loudly from the East Coast. Keep pushing and continue to inspire!!

Laurie Hadley

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 09:54 am

Deyl, Amazing what God is enabling you to experience along this incredible journey. Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us "And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." He is the true King of the Mountain. May He lead and restore you step by step as you complete this journey. Prayers and Congrats sent your way, and all glory to God the Father! Love from your Florida Family!!!!
Deyl Kearin
Stage 3

05 March 2019 11:21 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

today was blessed! over 30 people had dropped out by this morning (after stage 2), which is way higher than their usual attrition rate by the end of the race. a lot of experienced RTP racers were saying it was the hardest “normal” day theyve ever done.  because of this, the race director decided to drop a few miles off today’s course.

i spent a few hours working knots out of my muscles last night, which seemed to help quite a bit. camp was freezing, and the night was cold and clammy in the tent. nothing was throbbing as i lay in my sleeping bag, but if i moved any muscle i winced in pain from soreness. i woke up stiff as a board, but breakfast and my starbucks via got me moving a little. by the time the gun fired, i was in a great headspace and feeling warm and ready to go.

the day started beautiful and uphill, but it quickly turned nasty. we found ourselves in a small storm as we summited Mt. Pisa. It was freezing sideways wind blowing easily 30-40 miles per hour. it was difficult to make headway over the rugged terrain. an irish buddy said it felt just like home. my fingers quickly went numb, but i didn’t stop to take out any other layers as I thought we would be through it any minute and I didn’t want the contents of my bag blown across the south island of new zealand. it took an hour to get through!

i was moving a little slower and found myself in 11th place. Based on my struggle going downhill yesterday, i thought I was going to have a slow stage as the 2nd half of the day’s course plummeted downhill into a valley. once i got to the downhill, i was shuffling. but then i realized my quads weren’t protesting, i was just mentally telling myself i couldn’t run fast.

once i broke that limiting beleif, i started flying. I passed 4 people way out ahead and ended up closing the gap with the 6th runner. It was a total runners high and i felt like I was being carried for almost an hour. i didn’t want to take the time to eat or drink for fear of breaking my rhythm. i crossed the finish line 7th in a time of 4:41. I felt strong and healthy crossing the finish line. not depleted at all and not too sore. i felt even more amazing after soaking in a gorgeous river and polluting it with my dirty laundry. No sheep poop this time.

I gotta say, I’m not that competitive and Im usually taking the time to stop and take photos and drink in the views. But being in the top ten has me pushing myself. maybe its good motivation, maybe not. but i love the feeling of leaving it out there every day, instead of conserving for the 50 mile day. i’m just trusting that I can recover and restore before each day. we’ll see how it pans out!

i feel so blessed to be supported to do this amazing run and push my body in this amazing country. i’m so blessed by all your comments on these posts. seriously, i read them again and again during my “cybertent’ time. Can somone give me a fundraising update? I’m so encouraged to know we’re all actually helping people reach their dreams of providing for their family and sending their kids to school in Uganda.

love you all!

Comments: Total (28) comments

Anna Quinlan

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 07:06 am

Deyl- Keep it up! Just donated and put in one extra dollar to honor the mile that Noah's birth mom walked to get him to safety. I felt that I shared in her story when I ran a marathon, and I hope to continue to honor the idea that our effort can change the world one (literal) step at a time by supporting you in a very tiny way as you work toward your goal. Inspiring as always! Keep fighting :)

Vienna Kearin

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 07:02 am

Hi Dad! I can not wait till Saturday when we see you cross the finish line and pick you up. Remember God is with you. I hope you run well and don't run out of food. I can't wait till your back. I can't wait for iFly. Love, Vie-Vie

Brian Townsend

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 04:04 am

Sounds like a gnarly day glad you powered through it. Stackbucks is so clutch.

Ken Colby

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 07:14 am

I went to see a documentary on Apollo 11, the first moon flight. It had some amazing footage of the real flight. In the film they repeated President Kennedys speech: "We choose to go to the moon, not because it is easy but because it is hard!" It made me think of you running this race, not because it is easy but because it is hard!. Now we learn another side of you. You do not want to just finish, you want to be in the top 10. As always, the way you hang in there against all the obsticals in the races inspires us mear mortals. Ken

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 06:31 am

Deyl- You are my soul mate and love of my life. Please send your instagram login to both Kasey and I in separate emails. Hopefully one of us will receive. We want to tell your story on IG and enhance our reach! I miss you so much. Words fall short. So proud of you. Kids and I will be at the finish line!!! Can't wait to see you!! Finish strong! xoxox Paige

Ron Flint

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 05:52 am

Deyl...proud of you Bud! You are kickin it and the Lord is most certainly smiling on you and your heart for making a difference. Just saw your Dad's post and gotta say I love the Three Amigo's nicknames (one of my top 10 all-time favorite movies) . When you get back, the Flint's will have a "Jefe special" sweater for you! Godspeed Amigo!

Linda Colby

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 04:44 am

Sounds like God did raise you up on eagles’ wings in that last stage .PTL!!! You are giving food to the hungry, education to the powerless, and hope to forgotten. Thanks for making a loving and courageous gift to the heart of God. GOOOO DEYL!

Leah Hendrickson

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 01:03 am

DEYL! So proud of you as I have been reading the blog! Praying for endurance as the race continues! My dad used to say "God, if I can pick up my feet, I trust that you will put them down again." GO DEYL GO!

Janet and James Brown

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 12:55 am

Hi Deyl Following your race with amazement on what your body can do. God has blessed you with strength of body, compassion for others and much love and support from your family. May you feel that strength, compassion and love with every step you take. Prayers are being lifted up for you daily.

Vanessa Salice

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 12:48 am

DK!! I am continually amazed by you with your unending energy, drive and passion but THIS my friend !!!!! wow, you are just KILLING IT! I know that your training will take you to the finish line, but God is lifting you up and making you fly through each day! Praying for you in these final stages; for the right balance of sustenance, for renewed energy and continual high spirits, for soul-filling stories and connections shared with your fellow competitors, and for God's presence. So proud of you, DK!! Ad Astra Per Aspera!

Eddie Schurmann

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 11:51 pm

Well done Deyl!! You are an inspiration to us! Reading all the updates and keeping you in our prayers. Keep going! Lots of love from the Schurmanns

Chris Kates

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 09:11 pm

Deyl! I’ve been sending you emails each day through the race website, but just read on the email from OI that the blog was your only form of communication. Whoops! Too many words written to repeat, but know that I have been “with” you for your whole race so far. Praying, rooting, reading, celebrating. Love you friend!!

Summer Kearin

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 08:15 pm

Hi Dad!! You are doing great. This verse comes to mind: "The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety." Psalm 18:2. I am going to go horseback riding today and I'll tell you how it goes. We will be at the finish line!! Can't wait to see you. I love you. Love, Summer

Tim Kearin

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 08:07 pm

Deyl “Jefe”, just learned my emails are not getting to you so will catch up on this blog spot. My late remission is no indication of the fact that I’ve been thinking about you constantly. Unlike others, I’m not worried about you because you are a “real stud”, have over prepared, wont quit, have a Devine purpose and have St. Christopher guiding you down the path. You thanked me for giving you the great genes but I think the only ones I passed on to you were Levi’s. I would have passed the strength genes and hopefully the spiritual ones. You are a true inspiration to all of us. You are going in strong and will come out invincible. Love you much & “Vaya con Dios”, Dad “Guapo”

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 08:02 pm

Son, I pray again you are in a good headspace today. God is sure Showing off through you with HIS POWER that knows no boundaries. He gives, He gives and He gives again. He seems to be giving you more grace when the struggles get bigger. He seems to be giving you strength when the journey gets tougher. This is your ministry Son..the trail....you are spreading the gospel in your tennis shoes! I love that and I get that! ha The long run is coming up....be strategic and then go without fear cause you are being carried! Carried by God and all of us who are partnering with you. "Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire". Fire in the belly Deyl!!! Peace, love, comfort, light, hope and power....I'm partnering with you. Feel the Spirit! love love and more love MOM WOW

Laurie Hadley

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 07:55 pm

Awesome update !!! God is working overtime, carrying you in the palm of His precious hand Deyl. Anchor to Him as you finish this journey. Philippians 3:17 says "Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal." Prayers lifted for you and those running beside you!!

J Korv

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 07:54 pm

Wow Deyl. It’s an Unbelievable feat you are moving through. You are doing what only the tiniest fraction of humanity ever might attempt. It’s increidble. God is with you.... you will not fail. He will be with you at the break of day. New mercies for new days. New grace for the next race. New wine in the process... in new wine skins. May your soul be born afresh in the rugged man body! May the child be reborn and come alive and you feel an incredible lightness of being. Isaiah 40:31.... peace and strength to you.

Becky Hamilton

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 07:41 pm

Amazing Deyl! You're killing it! I've been reading 'Hinds Feet on High Places' with my kids and am thinking of how Jesus hops around on the rough terrain to effortlessly, and how he wants to give us those types of feet. That is you this week! Running with the feet HE has given you, the feet that have been prepared and tested and are ready to cross any terrain! "He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights." Psalm 18:33 ...Run with abandonment and find the fullest measure of joy in the Lord!

Skye Sander

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 06:22 pm

Deyl you are CRUSHING it! God is working in you and through you. I love verse from Habakkuk 3:19 for you - The Lord God is my strength. I run like a deer. I feel like I'm KING OF THE MOUNTAIN! Leave it all out there today and especially on the long day tomorrow. Beat your chest, yell at the top of your lungs, and show the mountain who is BOSS!

Atul Tandon

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 06:13 pm

Deyl - you are inspiring all of us, my brother! God is running beside you, encouraging you with each step. Praying that your determination and courage keeps you going through to the finish line. As our philanthropy team gathers here in Chicago this week, know that you are prayed for daily, and we are deeply grateful for the commitment you have made to those living in poverty. May God keep you safe and healthy in the remaining days you have before you. With appreciation for all you do for the poor, Atul Tandon

Mike Walker

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 05:50 pm

Way to Crush it bud!! Love that you are pushing it. You are halfway there. Good luck in stage 4.

Cassie Wyssbrod

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 05:19 pm

Deyl I am marveling at your fierce determination and your passion to make a difference in the world. Your posts are raw and real, giving is a tiny glimpse into your pain, sacrifice. You’ll be happy to know on wed 26k people will receive an opportunity to donate. To date you’ve raised $26,735!! More than half way to the goal. In partnership praying we raise the whole $50k!!!! Deyl thank you for your living witness to those living on the margins.

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 05:05 pm

I'm soaring reading this and so proud of you! Top 10 & rocking it! Can't believe the high dropout rate! I provided a funding update in my comment below on Stage 2 (See below update from me and kids) but here it is again: we are at $25,635 USD of our $50,000 goal. Anyone reading this, please fuel Deyl’s mission and help eradicate poverty from the planet. Deyl not racing for sport...he is racing to change the world.... JOIN US!! https://www.spotfund.com/story/c08530c4-b5c7-47bd-b8fa-8363b7b7c2e0 I love you more than you know!! Keep strong. Be carried!! I am with you out there -- every step...I am 100% with you, every step. XOXO Paige

Powell Family

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 03:59 pm

Third time is the charm. I don’t think it liked Liza’s emojis! You are cared for. LOVED. Joy. Love Liza! Praying God gives you a supernatural boost! I hope to come visit you soon! - Ethan There’s nothing that’s too difficult for us when we are walking in the favor in the light of the Lord. Be of good courage, be encouraged by his steadfast love and his unfailing mercy and grace that is upon you. Thanks for running the literal race that lies before you. Matt I’m proud of you and you’re rocking it. I pray that God will give you supernatural food. - Derek Wahoooo! “The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and are safe”. Celebrating God’s victory...soaring on wings of eagles...angels carrying you...so much more that we are unaware... Today believing for provision of strength and the food that Jesus talks about which His disciples couldn’t comprehend. Praying for you to experience the Fatthers delight as you abide from the tip of your pinkie toe to the top of your holy head. As you journey together may you and the Holy Spirit experience sweet intimacy and you clearly hear His voice saying “let’s fly and catch the guy up ahead, go a little left, raise your hands, be still my soul...”. We love you God! We thank you for being more than enough! Beth

Kasey Sander

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 02:56 pm

It's so incredible and inspiring to hear how you are facing the crazy difficulty of this race with just sheer determination and grit and passion. You are pushing through, pushing through, pushing through. You will probably read this before the long trek tomorrow. One foot in front of the other, brother! Praying for your body, mind and soul, good weather conditions, yummy snacks, good music and God's glory! So proud of you! You can do it!

Laura DesGranges

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 02:09 pm

Deyl, what you’re describing is incredible! Thanks for sharing the journey with us and helping us feel a part of it! We are blasting the story of this intense trek to potential supporters and praying they are as moved as we are by your dedication! -The Opportunity Team

Powell Family

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 01:18 pm

Lydia Baldridge

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 01:16 pm

Deyl, what an amazing day you describe of lows and highs, from the terrain and your feelings! We are so behind you at Opportunity! Our team is in freezing Chicago this week and know you are in all of our thoughts and prayers!
Deyl Kearin
Stage 2

05 March 2019 02:44 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

THAT was a rough one! I woke up feeling rested and incredibly sore… like I ran a marathon or something.

Today’s stage only had a few opportunities to run. The rest was straight up or straight down (it felt like). Elevation gain was around 8,000. We started in a warm river valley and ended at a ski lodge to give you an idea. We literally climbed Mt. Difficulty! Look it up. The only flat section was waist high bushes and these pinche new Zealand cactuses that were happy to draw blood.

I started strong and powerful. My body felt fresh and I hammered into 3rd place for about an hour. Fatigue and sore EVERYTHING quickly turned things into a sufferfest. I was unable to load my quads so I couldn’t run the technical down hills. I crossed the finish line in 6th place with a time of 7:29.

I burned was more energy today and ran out of snacks about half way through the day. I felt like I was on the edge of bonking as I tried to stay hydrated and fed. Two competitors who passed me shared some nutrition which was a lifesaver. I spent much of the run dreaming about a hole in the wall in queenstown called pedros house of lamb. Paige, make a reservation on Sunday and bring the credit card. I’m basically hungry right after I eat! Hope I have enough for the race. (btw, skye my bag was 20 lbs at start). Fortunately im fairly likable and people usually their their leftovers with me J

I had a few moments of elation, but they fizzled faster than yesterday as my lactic acid robbed me of speed. Cardi b got me going, Eminem had me shadow boxing, then U2s Psalm 40 made me weep. It spanned the spectrum!

I was grateful for The Lab and Marcus Elliott, Alex Ash and the crew today. They have helped me get some great endurance and health for this race. Im feeling the benefits guys!

I know I always say this, but I honestly thought several times about the people this money is going to. I have a hard couple days, but they get pushed every day of their lives. Speaking of, can I get a fundraising update? Cassie?

Its freezing up here and my fingers can’t type any more. I love you all and vienna I would love to take you to ifly. Summer did you horseback ride? Thanks for your undying support paige. Did you get my email? I love you more than you even know. Happy birthday ken Colby!

Comments: Total (11) comments

Seth Colby

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 08:29 am

Deyl, love and be present in each moment. What counts is not the type of race that you have rather the man you choose to be on that course. The universe is giving you this race so that you may embrace your greatness. Sending lots of hydrated and well fed love your way my brother.

Laurie Hadley

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 07:07 am

Deyl, day 2 in the rearview mirror and despite lack of food, persevering stronger than ever!! As the great philosophers Don Henley and Glenn Frey wrote..."TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT" Stay strong, God is good!!

Vienna Kearin

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 06:55 am

Hi Dad- I wish you were here. I am missing you. The best part of the day was at Forest school. They gave me a birthday party in the forest. I love you. i hope you have a good race. I hope you find some blackberries or some other food. I am excited for you to get back.

Ken Colby

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 06:51 am

Hi Deyl, Thanks for the Birthday reference! I think it is amazing that your are low on food and still can finish so quickly . You are a true athleat and an insperation to your kids and the rest of use. I see that you are one of the few to have a charity listed. It makes me prowed to know you! Ken

Summer Kearin

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 06:44 am

Hi Dad!!! I'm sorry to hear that you ran out of snacks. I was hoping you would save some oreos for me. :-) I hope you do not have any more sores and that you feel better. I am going horseback riding tomorrow with Jess (Wednesday). Can't wait! We went to forest school today. It was super fun. At Forest school Tam celebrated Vienna's Birthday and brought some delicious chocolate cake. It was boiling so Vienna and I jumped in the river!! I bet you were even more hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm praying for you. Love you. Can't wait to see you cross the finish line! I'm cheering you on! xoxoxoxoxo Summer :)

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 06:27 am

Deyl- Good News!! We got reservations for Pedro House of Lamb on Sunday! You'll eat like a king in just a few days. SUFFERING IS TEMPORARY, GLORY IS FOREVER!! Keep the charge. Funny your running to eradicate extreme poverty and you don’t know what extreme starvation is like. May you use your hunger as spiritual fuel. Every time you’re hungry --pray as if your fasting for those families-- think of those families who are praying for a miracle...and then pray God uses all your pain, and all your suffering to help those families. Aslan is on the move. Everything happening perfectly. Your stronger this race. 80 people have given and we are at $25,635 USD. Still praying for and hoping we can get to $50,000. Anyone reading this, please fuel Deyl’s legs and help eradicate poverty from the planet. Deyl not racing for sport...he is racing to change the world.... JOIN US!! https://www.spotfund.com/story/c08530c4-b5c7-47bd-b8fa-8363b7b7c2e0 Deyl- at camp you are not above killing some squirrels, dumpster diving, eating some lizards, treasure hunt in withdrawls bags, find leftovers like your on a scavenger hunt. Find some food. Crazy elevation gain!! RTP is trying to kill you! Congrats on 6th place!! So proud of you!! I am telling the world!! Hugs!! Keep going. You have not been getting my emails. I’ve sent 5 emails. I got 2 of your emails. I love them both. Xoxox KIDS AND I WILL BE AT THE FINISH LINE!!!!! We can’t wait to see you cross!! Kids and I are thriving. NZ treating us *MORE* than well. We have been hooking up with the homeschool crew here. Was with Tam and Eddy today at Forest School. Dream. Dream. Dream. So many wonderful stories to share. Aslan on the move here. DK-- PLEASE SEND ME YOUR INSTAGRAM LOGIN!! I do not have it!! God’s got a special gift for you out there on this race. Find it!! Find Him. Find out why this race, why now. Come back stronger. Keep listening for His voice. Let him carry you. Eagle wings. We pray for you around the clock. I love you more than ever and more than words can express. You are so strong and I love being on your winning team! You are the CEO of Unstoppable!!! Four of us will be there cheering at the finish line!! Gooo Daddy!! Go!! Xoxo Paige

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 06:06 am

Deyl, You should have let your mother pack your backpack as I would have given you way more snacks! I hate to hear you are hungry but being nice to others and getting their leftovers is a good way to go!! It sounds like our family dinners! Beautiful U2's psalm 40 song to stir you. I pray for more moments of elation when you rise above your circumstances. Continue communication with the Creator seasoned with Thanksgiving and hopefully your mind will have peace. Just know I love you for who you are and not for what you do. But I've got to say caring for so many people you don't even know and raising $ and awareness about extreme poverty is quite beautiful. Feel the love son and keep kicking New Zealand's butt! I've got you covered in prayer. Love love and more love. MOM WOW

Adam Dirks

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 05:25 am

I like this quote from Louis Zamperini, that WWII athlete that was imprisoned, "However dark the night, however dim our hopes, the light will always follow the darkness." A little tweaking, "However hungry the runner, however rumbly the tummy, lamb chops will always follow the Ultra" We praying for you man. You have the mental and physical strength of a panther.

Linda Colby

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 05:15 am

Deyl, our hearts and Prayers are with you every step you climb, every run you take, every drop of blood from the cactus thorns. May the Lord raise you up on eagle wings tomorrow. Love you sooo. (Thanks for remembering Ken’s BD!)

Ron Flint

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 03:41 am

Keep hammering Deyl!!! You are being prayed for. The Flints are looking forward to hearing all about everything when your back in Santa Barbara. Blessings to you and all those that you are helping ! Godspeed.

Betsy Flint

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 03:37 am

Holy Potato Chip Deyl—-what an up and down day! Speaking of chips, did you bring some? Flints are lifting you up daily. And eating salty snacks on your behalf. XOXO Betsy, Ron and April
Deyl Kearin
Stage 1

03 March 2019 09:28 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

Stage 1 in the bag! I pushed myself today and ended up with the best result ive had in a stagerace. A new buddy from Ireland and I ran the las 5k together and crossed the finish line  in 6th and 7th place out of 170 competitors.   My time was 6 hours and 19 minutes for the 26.6 mile stage. apparently there are another 5 days, so I suppose I should keep some energy in the tank? naaaaaaaa

 

The hills were super gnarly. Right when I got  a pace, a steep hill would stop me. There were over 7,000 feet of climbs in todays stage, and the downhills were rough on the knees. I had some stretches where I was SUPER fatigued and feeling pain in many places. Nothing serious though and I finished strong. Not a cloud in the sky and intense sun and beautiful views and heaps of sheep. Lots of wonderful time in prayer and gratitude, then a couple solid hours in the hurt locker.

 

Theres a small stream going through camp. Its frigid and tinged brown (from sheep poo?) but it didn’t stop me from chilling my lower body for 20 min and “washing” my clothes and showering. Glorious! Thanks for all the prayers and yes I can read your emails sent through Racing the planet. I cant see normal emails or facebook comments though. I feel blessed to be here! Im mostly thankful to my best friend and amazing wife for her undying support and belief in me!

Comments: Total (34) comments

Jon Gannon

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 02:21 am

Deyl - looks like you’ve ran an awesome race to be at #4! Glad to see the years since Sahara have not dented your immense fitness capabilities. Sounds like the long march has been brutal - hope you’ve still got a smile no matter the hardship thrown at you - I’m sure you do! Your buddy from Sahara 2012 Jon

Scott Wilson

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 11:18 pm

Well done buddy! Good luck with the remaining stages...

Becky Hamilton

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 10:24 pm

Cheering for you Deyl! Looking forward to another update!

Daniel Zia

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 09:58 pm

We are proud of you Deyl! Thanks for sharing your journey and enduring the pain for an amazing cause!

Jenn Hadley

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 08:12 pm

Wow cuz getting 6th place right off the bat is amazing!! I'm praying for you through this exciting journey and I know you will do incredible each and every day. So proud of everything you're doing. Lots of love to you from Florida!! :)

Brian Bowis

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 07:04 pm

You're a beast, Deyl! May God give you strength and endurance and a calm spirit. Hang in there...

Ali Jay

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 03:34 pm

We Jays are cheering you on BIG time, Brother Deyl!!!! We could not be more proud of you! You're kickin' some major boo-tay and doing amazingly well!! Go get 'em tiger!! We'll celebrate you when you are home! Love you bunches, Deyl!!!!! David, Ali, & Cruzer :)

Jon Sundt

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 02:59 pm

Deyl I am thinking of you and praying for you! We are supporting your efforts and ill throw in a salina cruz trip when you finish

Linda Colby

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 08:07 am

(“My Grace is sufficient for you.”2 Corinthians 12: 9 The Lord said th Paul.)Great work and preparation, and finish on Day 2. Looking good!

Ronda Perea

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 06:56 am

You’re the man!! Keep it up!!

Adam Dirks

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 06:40 am

Boom! I'm only a little impressed....haha nah nah you go bro!

Mr McHugh

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 05:12 am

Go Delberto! You da man! Got a bunch of Kauaianos rooting for you over here. The kids and I are watching your progress- amazing! Keep up the great work

Ryan Warner

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 04:58 am

COME ON!!!!! FURTHER UP, FURTHER IN!!!!

David Peterson

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 04:00 am

Praying hoping dreaming encouraging and loving from our little corner

David Peterson

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 03:57 am

So behind you my brother ... prayers love encouragement hope dreams pride laughter and joy coming at you from our little corner .. look up !

Aunt B

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 02:53 am

Amazed at the wide range of ages of people in this race . You are blessed with the ability to focus and to endure through physical discomfort. Stay strong. You have lots of love to lean on.

Betsy Flint

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 02:50 am

Here is your poem for the day: Go Deyl Go, you’re the best You love to run, and are on a special quest To help poor families, whom you don’t even know Its inspiring to all, and challenges us to grow So reach for the stars, and shine for His glory Be sure to keep your socks dry—this is a powerful story!

Alex Ash

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 01:19 am

Dang Nice work Deyl! Crazy that there are only 6 good runners there :). I'd leave you an inspirational quote but you already know them all and experiencing them all through your ups and downs! Lots of love from this side of the pond especially everyone at Lab and P3 rooting for you. We expect a top 3 finish next section though. You're inspiring us all.

Kathliene Sundt

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 12:57 am

Hi Deyl! This is powerful and God is with you! LOVED that he gave you the stream to ice those tired and inflamed muscles down in! His grace and strength, wisdom and power are on you to finish strong. I felt God say to just take one day at a time with strict focus in the present. Each day will present itself differently for you but each day will hold something in it from God that he wants you to grab hold of as knowledge and wisdom for you, your family, and future generations. Enjoy the beauty you are surrounded with and the Sundt's are big time rooting for ya!! Praying your body burst in to a supernatural ability that stays with you. Jon says he is praying for you and is SUPER stoked for you!

Laurie Hadley

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 12:44 am

So grateful for your update. Our Heavenly Father is running along side you, carrying you each step.of the way. Continued good health, strong legs and blessings along the way. All our love and support from Florida!!

Ken Colby

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 12:17 am

Great race so far! We at the Colby house are rooting for you.

Leah Hendrickson

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 12:07 am

SO PROUD OF YOU DEYL!!!! Praying for strength and endurance as you are running this race! Can't wait to see what this stage holds!

President Trump

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 12:06 am

This is HUGE! Really proud to have you representing our great country.

SHAUN TOMSON

Posted On: 03 Mar 2019 11:40 pm

Great going - inspirational!

The Daltons

Posted On: 03 Mar 2019 11:19 pm

Keep rip’n champ. The dalton crew is cheering you on from Bend. May you float on eagles wings! Proud of you!

Max Gonzales

Posted On: 03 Mar 2019 11:18 pm

Deyl, keep killing it!!! Love the updates.

Dalton Family

Posted On: 03 Mar 2019 11:17 pm

Deyl! The Dalton Family is all rooting for you and so proud of what you've already accomplished! Can't wait to hear how Stage 2 treated you. Know that we're praying for you...and wishing we were hanging with your girls and River, cheering from the sidelines. Hello to Paige, Summer, Vienna and River! Enjoy that beautiful terrain...

Daniel Hendrickson

Posted On: 03 Mar 2019 09:56 pm

Deyl! Charging so hard. 6th place is insane! I'm sure there is a lot that you're learning as you push your mind body and soul. Psalm 23 must have already run through you're mind with all the sheep. Praying that over you as you continue to do what the God has so clearly gifted and called you to do! Inspiring!

Summer Kearin

Posted On: 03 Mar 2019 08:41 pm

HEY,DAD!!!!!!!!!! It's Summer. You're doing an amazing job! I'm praying for you. You can do this. I miss u soooo much. We all miss u. Whenever River goes in your office he says,"Daaaaa?Daaaa?" I'm sure he misses u too. much love,Summer

Vienna Kearin

Posted On: 03 Mar 2019 08:18 pm

Hi Dad, I miss you and wish you were here. I am praying for you. I hope it is a fun day for you. I am really excited about iFly. Mom and I saw it yesterday and I really want to go when you get back. I can't wait to see you. Love, Vie-Vie

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 03 Mar 2019 08:15 pm

Great to get an update son! It sounds like stage 1 was a “hurts so good” situation! You sure finished strong. Holy Smokes:)Hopeand pray your body stays up with your passion and will! I know you are one of Gods sheep but stay clear of the sheep poop! So proud of your effort to help others. I pray there are a few moments of soaring today. Love love and more love

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 03 Mar 2019 07:52 pm

Congrats on your BEST Stage 1 race yet!! Whoop! Whoop!! When the kids and I saw the results we threw a party in our kitchen. Happy Dance! Our spirits are soaring! And thanks for Marcus, Alex and all the people at the LAB who trained you so well. We could not be more proud of our daddy and man! Thrilled to have Stage 1 in the bag and just an amazing start to this race! Our prayers are with you every step. Don't let those climbs and downhills mess with you. And what a happy ending to find that stream. And I Love you like crazy!! We are YOUR NUMBER ONE FANS!! I could not feel more blessed to have you out there running and for all that this race is enabling for our family and for families in Uganda. Keep the charge -babe. You are doing so much more than running. You got me 100%, right by your side.

Skye Sander

Posted On: 03 Mar 2019 03:57 pm

Go Deyl!!! Wow man, 6th place! You were born for this! Isla just said it's time to put your wings on. She thinks she was talking to her imaginary friend Sally but I know she meant it for you. Keep soaring buddy, and take advantage of those cold river crossings as much as you can!

Kasey Sander

Posted On: 03 Mar 2019 03:22 pm

6th place?! Dang bro! Man, it looks so beautiful!!! And racing the planet posted a picture of you in that stream. Fun to see you! Keep charging. You can do it! Love you so much and we're all cheering for you!!!
Deyl Kearin
Pre Race

03 March 2019 09:27 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

Arrived here to camp 1 and was greeted with 360 degree views of golden rolling hills, lakes and even a glacier way off in the distance. Something tells me were going to be running to that glacier at some point this week. My body feels great and rearing to go. My activity level has been at all time lows the last few weeks, so hopefully that means lots of fuel in the tank.

My spirits are soaring and I feel super blessed to have the opportunity to run this race. I feel privileged to be able to run for families in Uganda that are praying right now for a miracle.

Saying good bye to paige and the kids was hard this morning. The girls helped me with gear check in, river was comic relief and paige helped me sew on patches that I procrastinated on. Im going to miss you guys this week!

Lets do this!!!

Comments: Total (5) comments

Jordan Evans

Posted On: 09 Mar 2019 05:23 pm

Nothing is impossible!! You have what it takes Deyl!

Kevin Mayer

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 10:57 pm

Your Baltimore relatives are rooting for you! Keep competing hard & we know you will deliver great results! We are all praying you achieve your goals!

Mary Barry

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 04:06 pm

Deyl - you're inspiring all of us at OI! Way to go - 3rd place!! Hope the momentum stays with you!

Tim Kearin

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 07:44 pm

Deyl “Jefe”, just learned my emails are not getting to you so will catch up on this blog spot. My late remission is no indication of the fact that I’ve been thinking about you constantly. Unlike others, I’m not worried about you because you are a “real stud”, have over prepared, wont quit, have a Devine purpose and have St. Christopher guiding you down the path. You thanked me for giving you the great genes but I think the only ones I passed on to you were Levi’s. I would have passed the strength genes and hopefully the spiritual ones. You are a true inspiration to all of us. You are going in strong and will come out invincible. Love you much & “Vaya con Dios”, Dad “Guapo”

Powell Family

Posted On: 04 Mar 2019 12:23 am