Hello P.A.C.E. Encouragers,

Thirty days from today I will begin P.A.C.E. Trek 2011 (www.pacetrek.com/mojave), a 506-mile, 17-day solo run across the Mojave Desert. Currently, there are thousands of school children registered to participate from 7 countries – including Japan, which as you know is dealing with the devastation and loss of life from the recent earthquake and tsunami. I’ve communicated with several teachers in Japan and the schools that are registered to participate in P.A.C.E. Trek 2011 are in good condition and all of the children and teaching staff are accounted for. Please keep Japan in your thoughts and prayers and support the efforts of those organizations working to assist during this difficult time.

Tomorrow I am flying to the Cayman Islands for six days to do some P.A.C.E. assemblies and will return to Missoula on March 22 to complete my final three weeks of preparation for P.A.C.E. Trek 2011. During those final weeks I’ll be providing a password to registered team leaders so that they’ll be able to post online their student teams’ mileage progress during the Mojave run. Some have asked about a flyer to hang up in schools. If you visit today’s P.A.C.E. blog you can get a flyer (see http://pacetrek.com/blog/?p=2344). Also, I realize that some schools are scheduled to have their spring break during the time allotted for P.A.C.E. Trek 2011 (April 14-30), but please don’t let a break from school deter your school from participating. Please read my thoughts about that at http://pacetrek.com/blog/?p=2301. Your school can still participate even if your spring break is during the trek. Just go to www.pacetrek.com/register.htm.

The Mojave Desert challenge is very near. Please do what you can to help get as many student teams registered for free as possible. This is truly a unique opportunity for school children! I’ve run solo across the United States, Germany, Alaska & Montana and I’ll continue to keep reaching for the mileposts in an effort to get kids up, active, goal setting, and thinking about what’s possible in their own lives.

Gotta Run,

Paul Staso