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Well, No Run This Time Courtesy Of Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy moved up from the Caribbean to the Mid-Atlantic and up to the Northeastern United States here late October. We were rather fortunate around here where I’m located in South Florida, but the Northeastern United States got hit pretty severely.

Here is what Wikipedia writes:

Hurricane Sandy was a tropical cyclone of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season that severely affected portions of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States in late October, with lesser effects in the Southeastern and Midwestern states and eastern Canada. In diameter, it was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, with winds spanning 1,100 miles (1,800 km). The eighteenth tropical cyclone and named storm and tenth hurricane of the season, Sandy is estimated in early calculations to have caused damage of at least $20 billion (2012 USD). Preliminary estimates of losses that include business interruption surpass $50 billion (2012 USD), which, if confirmed, would make it the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane in history, behind only Hurricane Katrina. Sandy was the 6th hurricane to hit the New England area in the history of the USA, after a 74 year hiatus following the 1938 New England Hurricane.

Wikipedia also states:
At least 181 people have been confirmed killed across the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, and the Bahamas, as a result of the storm.

The 2012 ING New York City Marathon was scheduled for tomorrow and there was much anticipation if it was going to take place or not with all the after effects of the storm. The website of the ING Marathon kept stating that every effort was put into place to make the race a reality as planned, but finally late afternoon yesterday, they finally threw in the towel and cancelled the race.

2012 ING NEW YORK MARATHON CANCELLED

Here’s what the website of ING NEW YORK CITY MARATHON said:

2012 ING New York City Marathon Is Canceled
The City of New York and New York Road Runners announce that the 2012 ING NYC Marathon has been canceled. While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division. We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to help New York City recover from the storm. New York Road Runners will have additional information in the days ahead and we thank you for your dedication to the spirit of this race. The Expo will remain open tomorrow.

 

As you may remember, I was signed up for the race and had gotten my ticket as part of my fund raising for Team For Kids organization.

I sympathize much with all those affected by the storm, but I must admit that the cancellation is actually a bit of a relief for me. I would have loved to the run, but I have pretty much done no training, since I obtained a foot injury 3 days into my training, so frankly I would probably not have fared too well. And this race actually deserves a good effort. Also I have been hard at work (something I otherwise try not to be), working on a number of really interesting things, both for my own activities, but also for a couple of other companies. Great things to come very, very soon.

I also can only imagine what a mess logistically it would have been to try to get 50,000 people plus to race start line, seeing that more than likely numerous parts of the transportation is yet inoperable after the storm. Here is a humorous image that has been thrown around on the internet describing parts of the problem:

Scuba Diver Diving In The Subway At Times Square New York City

Now, please do remember that just because I post a humorous image such as the above, it does not imply that I have no sentiments or feelings for those affected by the storm.

 

Anyway, I guess I will have more time to recover from my foot injury and get back into shape before my next race – and that’s definitely a good thing. Too much sitting still in front of a computer, does not make you fast nor does it get you in good shape. And hey, at least Team For Kids still get to keep my donation of US$ 2,620 – that’s right, that would correspond to US$ 100 for each of the 26,2 miles that that makes up a Marathon distance.

I do, however, look forward to the next chance that I can participate in this race. The New York City Marathon is an awesome experience and one that I hope that I shall relive many more times to come as a participant (have only done one of the New York City Marathons – back in 2006).

Meanwhile I send my condolences and thoughts to whose who lost a loved one or were otherwise severely affected by the storm and ask you to consider making a donation to the Race To Recover Marathon Fund to aid New Yorkers impacted by the storm. Here is the content of an email just received from the New York Road Runners:

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that the 2012 ING New York City Marathon has been canceled.

The decision was made after it became increasingly apparent that the people of our city and the surrounding tri-state area were still struggling to recover from the damage wrought by the recent extreme weather conditions. That struggle, fueled by the resulting extensive and growing media coverage antagonistic to the marathon and its participants, created conditions that raised concern for the safety of both those working to produce the event and its participants. While holding the race would not have required diverting resources from the recovery effort, it became clear that the apparent widespread perception to the contrary had become the source of controversy and division. Neither NYRR nor the City could allow a controversy over the marathon to result in a dangerous situation or to distract attention from all the critically important work that is being done to help New York City recover from the storm.

NYRR, in partnership with the Rudin Family and the ING Foundation, has established the “Race to Recover” Marathon Fund to aid New Yorkers impacted by the storm. Over $2.6 million has been raised, including a $1 million donation by NYRR. We are asking you to join us by making a $26.20 donation, or whatever you can afford, to help bring recovery and hope to those communities and families most affected. Proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy Relief, administered by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. You can also donate to the relief effort through NYRR’s fundraising platform, CrowdRise, which includes the American Red Cross and other charities.

NYRR will redeploy the marathon resources and materials toward the recovery effort. We will share the details of this project as they are finalized in the days ahead.

We all recognize this has been a very challenging time in New York City that has impacted so many people, including you, our runners. Please know that this is one of the toughest decisions we have ever made, and that we deeply appreciate your support.

Another Race – Another Donation



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I’m excited. I’m In!

I have an entry ticket for the 2012 ING New York Marathon, a much coveted race. I did this race back in 2006 and I had a blast. The New York crowd is phenomenal and really spurs you onwards making the 26.2 miles more enjoyable, exciting and not least doable.

Someone recently told me there are more than 50,000 runners for this event and I have heard that the crowd amasses an astonishing 2,000,000 people. To get your entry ticket is not easy. I got mine because I committed to raise funds for the Team For Kids cause and since I really didn’t wish to ask left and right people to step up and chip in, I basically just signed up for donating the funds myself. So today the final amount was donated making my contribution for this worthy cause a full US$ 2,620.

Team for Kids was established in 2002 as the primary charity fund-raising vehicle for New York Road Runner’s youth services division. Funds raised through Team for Kids provide free or low-cost school and community-based health and fitness programs to children who would otherwise have no access to regular physical activity. Currently, our programs serve nearly 100,000 children each year in more than 400 schools across New York City, the nation, and South Africa.  With obesity still on the rise, NYRR’s youth services equip children with the tools they need to become physically fit for life, while also incorporating goal-setting, character-building, and nutrition education.

With a third of the US population being in the weight category obese and another third of the population being overweight, and with a recent number I saw that stated that by 2030 more than half the US population will be obese this is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. The costs of such a problem on society and not least to each individual suffering from such a state are enormous. I think Team For Kids are doing a great job by focusing on this problem at an early stage of life for the individual kid and I hope they shall succeed in changing many people’s lives for the better.

Mary Wittenberg, President and CEO of Team For Kids sent me this thank you note for my donation:

 

Dear Mikkel:

Thank you for joining Team for Kids and Mikkel Pitzner in their commitment to raising much-needed funds for NYRR youth programs. Your generous gift of $2420.00* will have a significant impact on the lives of the more than 115,000 at-risk children who will take part in NYRR youth running programs this year.

With health and fitness programs in New York City, all 50 states, and parts of Africa, NYRR is working to transform the way our children live, learn, and play. By participating in our Mighty Milers or Young Runners programs at school or by attending a free weekend running event in their neighborhood, kids are learning to get active and be healthy – and they’re enjoying it! This spring, Yashiya, an 11-year-old runner from Flatbush, Brooklyn said, “Joining my school’s running team was the best decision I have ever made in my life!” Valuing health and fitness as a child will help Yashiya avoid the health problems that stem from obesity and inactivity that, unfortunately, plague her generation.

Your gift will enable more children in underserved communities to benefit from the life-changing programs offered by NYRR. These programs are funded entirely by donors like you, and we deeply appreciate your support. To learn more, please visit www.nyrrfoundation.org.

Thank you again for helping Mikkel Pitzner reach the finish line of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon and for giving kids like Yashiya a head start toward good health.

Many thanks,

Mary Wittenberg
President & CEO

Team For Kids Thank You Note 2012

Team For Kids Thank You Note 2012

Mikkel Pitzner's Donation page For Team For Kids

Mikkel Pitzner’s Donation page For Team For Kids

My Orange Laces Running For Something Better on Mikkel Pitzner cut

I’ve Got My Laces

Well I’ve got my laces. My Orange laces.

 

My Orange Laces - running for something better - Mikkel Pitzner

 

These are some special charitable laces that are offered for a donation when you sign up for the New York Marathon. I’ve actually made a donation towards such laces a previous year, but I never received them. But this year I have them.Running for something better.

They are right here on my desk, reminding me that I should probably soon commence a little run training, so that I might fare well during the upcoming New York Marathon this November. Hmmm, maybe I should get started tomorrow. Maybe I should pull myself together and get going on this.

I actually look forward to this event. I have run it before, way back in 2006 and it was a great event back then. It was then my second Marathon, with my first being in Paris that same year. My third marathon was then this August which was a part of the New York Ironman US Championship event in New Jersey/ New York area.

Well, I’m not a terribly fast runner. I’m a little on the heavy side and I’m probably also too complacent for getting in a fast time. But if I can pull myself together, then I might actually make a considerable improvement over my 2006 result. Perhaps I should make a decent effort.

I think I will.

No, scratch that! I WILL make a real effort!!

 

Remember also please, that this year I’m raising funds for Team For Kids and I shall welcome any kind support from anybody in any amount to help me accrue some funds for Team For Kids. My fund raising page is here. Again, please do consider throwing a little support this way for a great cause. No matter how small or how large, I will really appreciate it as will Team For Kids.

 

If you wish to revisit my motivation for helping out this cause you may visit this blog post. Thanks for your kind consideration.

 

 

Mikkel Pitzner's donation page to Team Hole In The Wall

My Pledge To Donate US$ 2,500 To Team Hole In The Wall Fulfilled

In previous posts I mentioned my pledge to donate US$ 2,500 to Team Hole In The Wall charity foundation. Well, I finally fulfilled that pledge and met the obligation that I committed myself to. So on August 2nd. 2012, I submitted the top up amount (i.e.the additional to my initial smaller donation made months ago) of US$ 2,275.00 in order to make my entire donation to Team Hole In The Wall amount to US$ 2,500.-.

In return, Team Hole In The Wall sent me a nice message that read:

 

Dear Mikkel,

Thank you for supporting one of our Team Hole in the Wall members! Your gift will help make this Team Hole in the Wall event a success and help a seriously ill child experience the magic of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

Because of your generosity, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is able to provide a camp experience to children who, because of the severity of their illness, are unable to attend a traditional camp. By coming to Camp, these children share the simple pleasures usually associated with a healthy childhood – acceptance, safe play and the building of lasting friendships. They get to create more than a little mischief, eat lots of good kid food and sing songs under the stars while roasting marshmallows.

At The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, we are inspired with every new encounter we have with a camper. As we listen to their Camp stories, the world takes on more color, is more hopeful, and more filled with love. Their joy, their appreciation for their time at Camp, their indomitable courage and spirit make The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp very special and sacred. Thank you again for your generous support to help make this possible.

Sincerely,

Dave MacNiven
Director of Team Hole in the Wall

 

And my fund raising page with Team Hole In The Wall ended up looking like this:

Mikkel Pitzner's donation page to Team Hole In The Wall

Mikkel Pitzner's donation page to Team Hole In The Wall

 

From previous mentioning of this endeavor in previous posts, you can read that the money I’m donating here has been accrued from my latest venture that is going extremely well and that has more than doubled my money in less than 50 days. The latest venture blows my mind and the results astounds me every day. As I have also mentioned previously you too can actually take part in same venture and achieve similar results. Rest assured that this venture does sound too good to be true, so it will take a little leap of faith for you to believe that this could be true for you too. However, I’m not going to expend my time and efforts of persuading you to join ranks, cause I’m achieving my results regardless. But when you do join, rest assured that you will be able to make similar results and that achieving these results can be excessively easy. Rest also assured that I’m committed to help you reach such results so you are not alone. Also know that I believe firmly that this venture can help a lot of people with their financial situation and livelihood and I’m committed to helping as many people as possible. The venture is a great way of adding an extra residual income stream and potentially grow into giving you complete freedom from debt burdens and similar stresses.

I don’t want to repeat too much of what I have mentioned in other posts on this topic before, but know that results are achievable if you have access to internet and know how to do clicks with a mouse and a little copy and paste. And the task you need to perform on a daily basis will take you less than 3 minutes a day. Search through my previous posts to learn more about it if you have not already read these.

Also you can read the Press Release of today and follow through there.

 

Mikkel Pitzner To Race In The 2013 ING New York Marathon

I’m In!!

Yeah, I have secured my spot for the 2012 ING New York Marathon.

 

Now I have done so by volunteering to fund-raise for a charity and I have mentioned this previously (but not to be confused with the other charity fund-raising I just did for the Team Hole In The Wall at the New York City Triathlon that took place in July), but I had actually overlooked that one important email that gave you a sign up link for the marathon, which otherwise is – as always – completely sold out. Well, to my luck, the kind people from the Team For Kids charity organization sent me a reminder yesterday and luckily enough it caught my eye (I get too many emails that I have lost my need to look at them as intensely as I used to). So I followed the procedure and now I have a guaranteed spot and I have an email response to prove it. The message starts like this:

 

Mikkel Pitzner

You have received guaranteed entry to the ING New York City Marathon 2012.

Your entry number is 846944

 

Well, that is exciting. I have once before run the New York Marathon, back in 2006, and it is a great event with superlative support from about 2,000,000 people cheering you on as spectators throughout the entire run stretch. I’m by no means a very fast runner. Probably too heavy and don’t dig deep enough and don’t train enough nor train quiet right for it. But I nevertheless appreciate the challenge that it is (I actually find it extremely far to run this distance). A lot of thoughts can and will enter your mind throughout a run like this, including not least every possible reason why you should just throw in the towel and quit the run. I’m thankful, though, that I usually have a great deal of will-power, cause sometimes that’s what you really need for you to keep on going.

 

Mikkel Pitzner To Race In The 2012 ING New York Marathon

Mikkel Pitzner To Race In The 2012 ING New York Marathon

 

So what now?

Well, I better keep up with some training. 42 plus kilometers is a stretch and if I’m to be able to get through it decently (for my marathon standards) then I had better put in some training time and get some miles in my legs. It might just also benefit me to get into better shape and lose some of that excess that I seem to have accrued somehow. I look forward to this event a lot though, and who knows, perhaps I will see you there?

 

Meanwhile, please do consider joining in on my fund-raising by adding a small donation to Team For Kids (large donations welcomed too), which you can find here: Support Team For Kids Please.

Mikkel Pitzner Competing In The 2012 New York City Triathlon Run Leg

Yeah, I Did It. I Hit The 50% Return After 30 Days Without Selling Anybody Anything And Only Spending About 2 Minutes A Day

That’s WINNING, but not the Charlie Sheen way!

 

Winning, But Not The Charlie Sheen WayFollowing up on the blog post of yesterday, I was happy to see this morning that my affiliate position actually did reach a 50% increase in value after just 30 days of having purchased my position. As also mentioned in yesterday’s blog post I have achieved this result without having to sell anything to anybody.

In fact all I do is each day to spend just about 2 minutes on the internet place a few clicks and a couple of copy pastes and that secures me my share of the company’s daily revenue sharing. This means that I can achieve astounding results without having to go ahead a push something onto someone else. I can do this early in the day and be done with it after just 2 minutes or I could even outsource the daily “chore” for about US$ 10.- per month.

It also appears to be a much safer bet than pretty much any and all stock trading positions that I have engaged in ever and certainly safer than any other speculative positions and so-called golden opportunities that some of my banks have pushed onto me a few years ago. Now, of course I can make no guarantees about anything and I have no control over the company that I’m engaged with for this new venture of mine, but so far I have no concerns really about the future for this endeavor. The company is in a very hot market that has huge interest and huge growth. It has been well established for about 12 years and is super profitable and I believe without any debt. It works closely with legal council to ensure they adhere to all legal aspects such as FTC regulations etc.

Even more cool is that I can now do a lot of good with this little venture. As previously posted, I have chosen to donate my first US$ 2,500.00 earned from the venture to Team Hole In The Wall charity foundation. That only took 17 days for me to achieve. But more than that, I can actually set others up to also be in a position themselves to achieve similar results.

Mikkel Pitzner Competing In The 2012 New York City Triathlon Run Leg

Mikkel Pitzner Competing In The 2012 New York City Triathlon Run Leg

But wait a minute. You might already be thinking that, “I bet that probably costs a lot of money.” But the fact of the matter is that you can actually start without pretty much any expense. Now, I chose to enter at the highest participation level right off the bat and naturally that affords me higher revenue shares than had I chosen a lower participation level. But don’t get discouraged. My friend who talked me into my position and participation actually started his position with an expense of just US$ 99.- and has now a value of his position of around US$ 11,000.00 which has taken him I only about 3 months only. Now, that’s an achievement worth mentioning.

So right now, I’m looking for my next success story. I’m looking for that person who would like to achieve the same types of results for him- or herself, getting set up with an extra source of income. Wouldn’t it be nice to receive an extra US$ 500.00 per month? Or how about US$ 5,000.00 extra per month? Or more perhaps?

If you are interested in learning how you too can achieve these phenomenal results, then fill in your name and email below and I shall reveal more about the opportunity to you:

 

TEAM HOLE IN THE WALL 500

In Search Of The Ultimate Lifestyle And Why I’m Giving Away US$ 2,500 To A Worthwhile Cause

Ok, I admit it freely. I’m a typical enthusiastic entrepreneur. You know, the type that gets excited about every little shiny object that we see everywhere. I look for and see opportunities everywhere and I often go for it and either suffer another failure, achieve a little success or sometimes thankfully really feel like I found a home run.

I cannot help myself, but go looking for opportunities everywhere I go and I actually find them to be abundantly present all over. Not all opportunities are created equal though, and I have set up in my mind a few criteria that an opportunity must have for me to want to engage myself further, whether with investment, my time and effort etc. My criteria have been formed from the abundant experience of past ventures that I have endured, suffered through and enjoyed and predominantly my criteria are based on my personal tastes and preferences for how I like a business to be formed. I ask myself questions such as:

  • “How many people does the business require on a daily basis to achieve the results?”
  • “How much money does it take to get the initial results desired?”
  • “What technical stumbling blocks do we as a business have to overcome to get there?”
  • “What market are we serving and more importantly who are we serving and how do we bring value to our customer?”.

Following my experiences of the 2.5 years since 2008 in which year I was the wealthiest I have ever been, but also became the poorest I have ever been, basically loosing more than I owned big time (a story for some other time), one of my newest questions that I ask of every opportunity has become:

  • ” How scalable is the business?”.

I write 2.5 years since 2008, since that’s the time it took me from going with a huge debt load to no debt at all (and I hadn’t been debt-free at that time since I was only about 14 years old). From really broke with huge debt back to comfortable levels of livelihood and no debt in just 2.5 years. Wow, that surprised me . What I learned from my struggle to get back on my feet, was that you can achieve incredibly big results incredibly swiftly. Bigger and quicker than I had ever thought possible and bigger and quicker than I expect most people think possible. That’s why I have added the question of scalability. I’m not yet where I want to be, but I’m at least enjoying the journey (something that only took me 38 years plus to learn – at the time of writing this, I’m 44 years old).

In truth, I’m in search for the ultimate lifestyle, and I know that my version of the ultimate lifestyle require some decent amount of money. Not because money makes you happier, but because of all the things you can do with money, yes, including the toys and the great travel experiences etc., but especially the sense of freedom having money can give you and also what you can do for others and the world around you. But besides looking for the ultimate lifestyle, I also find it stimulating and fascinating to engage myself in many varied things. I love the many faceted businesses that I have engaged myself in (although at times I also wished I never entered one or two) and I love that my day today is not necessarily the same as my day yesterday. I also often have enjoyed the fact that with multiple businesses and multiple different ventures I have invested in, that I also benefit from one business making me a nice return while another may see challenging times. Multiple streams of revenue and income help overcome tough times and times when a business need to grow before a positive return let alone a balance will materialize.

Recently, some people that I really trusted and held in high esteem really let me down and seriously disappointed me. But even worse than that, as a result of this let down, they also let down a third party that I had foreseen a great future for as part of a new venture. I was left in a position in which I had to turn down what I had more or less promised to this talented person and I knew this would be extremely upsetting for him, not least because of the enthusiasm and engagement he had already poured into the prospected venture. The experience, however, also induced a good influence on my thinking in that it stimulated even more so the need for me to find ways of how I could help others who are struggling or finding themselves in dire situations. I think this is a great thing. I used to always be all about me. “What’s in it for me?”, would be my modus of operandi. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to achieve all the riches and all the toys and fun (although that has become actually way less important these past 4 years) and I still hold some selfish thoughts in me, but I’m seeing more and more joy in helping others along the way.

So just a few weeks ago, I took the leap to enter into a new venture that I was introduced to. I wasn’t too sure about this one and I was very skeptical to say the least, because it entailed one of those situations in which it just sounded too good to be true. And we all know, that “If an opportunity sounds too good to be true then it usually is too good to be true”. But I trusted the person who introduced me and I decided to take the leap of faith and go for it. And so far it looks like a huge winner. The venture not least seems to fit my criteria extremely well and it requires only about 2 to 3 minutes from me a day and other than my initial purchase I don’t even have to sell anything or poor more money into it.

With my new mindset that enjoys a more altruistic outlook in mind of how I can help others and with such a great new venture that I already enjoy the fruits of, I have decided to give away the first US$ 2,500 that I make from this new venture away to charitable organizations. While that’s a lot of money, it really only is equivalent to 17 days of my revenue share from the new venture. So not only am I enjoying a new venture that seems like a home run, but I’m also enjoying giving away a size-able amount of money to a worthy cause.

My choice of charitable organization for this round of donation is Team Hole In The Wall.

 

Founded by Paul Newman in 1988, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing a “different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast, free of charge. It’s a community that celebrates the fun, friendship and spirit of childhood where every kid can “raise a little hell”.

The camp serves more than 20,000 children and families annually.

But listen. Even though US$ 2,500 is a good chunk of cash, it’s still but a drop in the ocean, so I like you to consider joining in and spare a little for a worthwhile cause. Help me raise the donations – every dollar helps and I know that a lot of children will be happy.

 

I think this is just the beginning of things. I like where this could be headed and I’m enjoying the journey.