This December, Joe Urie wants Jasperites to challenge themselves.
As a passionate trail runner and marathoner, the 48-year-old is used to setting goals for himself. But starting this month, Urie is hoping the entire community will get on board for a new motivational challenge: The December Project.
“I want this to be one of those snowball things,’” he said.
The December Project asks participants to perform some sort of activity, every day, for the entire month of December. It doesn’t have to be a marathon, or an epic ice climb. It just has to be a challenge to you.
“It could be pushing your kids to the post office and back,” Urie said. “It could be working out in the gym.”
Besides the physical commitment, Urie is also asking participants pledge a financial one. Putting $10 on the line will give people more of an incentive to follow through, Urie figures. The money raised will go to Jasper’s Advocates for Special Kids (ASK) organization, a group of parents with children with special needs.
Urie’s daughter, Athena, has Williams syndrome, a rare disease characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities.
“Whenever you feel inconvenienced or hard done by, think of the people you’re raising funds for. They’re inconvenienced every day.”
Those interested in getting involved with The December Project can find more information on Facebook. To pledge ($15 after December 5), visit The Other Paw or Bear’s Paw Bakeries.
“At the end of the month I want people to say ‘I can’t believe I just did that,’” Urie said.