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Beyond competing

Ultra runner can motivate you on personal running journey

Lisa Batchen

November 9, 2017

By: Fred Koury

As dealmakers and business owners, we all are competitive. We all want to win. But when we learn to use our talents to help others, we truly can make an impact. Nobody embodies this better than Lisa Smith-Batchen, one of the toughest endurance runners in the world.

I met Lisa through Alex Nemet, owner of Northeast Factory Direct and an experienced ultramarathoner. I wanted to train for a marathon so Alex suggested I call Lisa. I’m not sure what I expected, but what I found was a remarkable person.

A runner from an early age, Lisa was all about competing and winning. But after a series of personal setbacks, she turned her focus toward helping others. She competed in some of the most challenging races — including an incredible nine finishes and two wins in the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon — and along the way raised $4.5 million for a variety of charities.

While Lisa’s physical and mental strength inspire awe, what inspires me more is how she has moved beyond competing to making a real difference in the lives of others.

I encourage you to contact Lisa through Dreamchasers Outdoor Adventures, whether for your own running motivation or to support her efforts to help some of the neediest people in the world.