Ray and Murch Run for Full Circle

On June 4, 2017, Mike Murchison and Ray McGaughey will run the Steamboat Springs Marathon to raise money for Full Circle of Lake County. We hope you’ll donate to support us and this grassroots nonprofit, now more relevant than ever.

Why Full Circle?

Full Circle provides mentoring and outdoor leadership opportunities for the youth of Lake County, Colorado. These youth are predominantly the children of Latin American immigrants--or immigrants themselves--whose parents commute long hours each day to the resort towns of Vail, Breckenridge, and Aspen. Full Circle connects adult mentors in Leadville with 4th-6th graders in need of a stable, positive influences in their lives. Full Circle also creates opportunities for Leadville’s youth to access our region’s most important resource--the great outdoors. Through weekly outdoor education classes, ski trips, rock climbing adventures, and backpacking expeditions, Full Circle helps create passionate outdoorsmen and women out of children who otherwise might never have made such a connection.

Ray and his mentee Moises, above treeline on Mt. Elbert

Ray connected with Full Circle shortly after moving to Leadville in fall 2015. He was paired with Moises, an 11-year old, who loves basketball and skiing. After a year of mentoring Moises, Ray was invited to join the Full Circle Board of Directors where he currently serves as Vice President. “Full Circle helps creates a vital safety net for Leadville’s most underserved populations,” explains Ray. “In today’s political climate there is more fear than ever--to the point where undocumented families are afraid to go grocery shopping and send their kids to school. Full Circle seeks to replace this fear with supportive, healthy community. ”

In addition to supporting mentorship and outdoor education, your contribution will help Full Circle continue to offer community classes on high school drug and violence prevention, immigrant integration, and women’s empowerment.

 

The Marathoners: Mike and Ray

 

While this will be Mike’s third marathon and Ray’s second, each has reason to be intimidated by Steamboat Springs. For Mike the elevation will be the main challenge. “The starting line of this race is 8,000 ft higher than my home in Toronto” notes Murch. “My lungs will take a hit.” Ray, meanwhile, is preoccupied with the route surface: all pavement. “My first marathon was entirely on trail, which tends to be easier on the body,” he recalls. “My goal is to build my road-running endurance during this training season.” Both runners share the goal of breaking the elusive 4-hr marathon mark.

Ray and Mike in 2007

Ray and Mike in 2017

Between runs, Murch is founder and CEO of Ada, a machine learning startup in Toronto, Ontario. Ray is admissions director at High Mountain Institute, a boarding school outside of Leadville. Mike and Ray went to high school together and have been friends for 15 years.

Our goal is to raise $3,000 to support the youth of Lake County, Colorado. Thank you for your support!