Today, I’m loaning out the blog to my great friend, Katie!  She’s about to embark on a really neat journey (I’m a little jealous!) and she needs YOUR help!  I’ve known Katie for three years now and I’m truly excited to see this epic year unfold for her.  Take it away, friend!


Hi everyone!  In case you don’t know me, I’m Katie and I blog over at Talk Less, Say More.


I had the pleasure of meeting Lindsay at the very first Blend Retreat in Boulder and have been lucky enough to attend every year since, get to know her more and ultimately, call her a friend.  I shared a kind of crazy idea with her a couple months back and now that this crazy idea is coming together, I’m so excited that she’s allowing me to share it with all of you today!

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It’s called 50 States In A Year and it’s a charity fundraising tour!

I guess I should start by telling you all that I’m a bit of a dreamer but when something feels right (or wrong!), I can’t ignore it.  And as crazy as this whole thing is, it feels right in my heart and in my gut.  The puzzle pieces have been falling into place and when a friend was as passionate about this as me and committed to joining in, there was no doubt we could pull this off!

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We will visit all 50 states.  We will do it in a single year. We will give back to charity!

But let’s back up… in May I finally decided to try CrossFit.  I say finally because it was something I had been considering for awhile but found myself unsure if I would actually like it, worried I’d get hurt, and not thinking I’d enjoy people yelling at me to hurry up and finish the workout.  But once I finally dove in, I learned how silly my fears were…I immediately LOVED the workout structure, learned the coaches are there to help you get the right form before increasing the weight, and realized my fellow athletes weren’t yelling, they’re an encouraging and supportive community (in and outside the box).  I was immediately hooked.

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So when I started dreaming this idea and deciding which charity to give back to, it was important for me to find a way to get the CrossFit community involved, while also bringing them closer together.  That’s when I found CrossFit for Hope!


CrossFit for Hope helps fund research for childhood cancer, as well as other important efforts.  But what really got me is that every cent donated to CrossFit for Hope is delivered straight to the target recipient.  All costs (administration, accounting, etc) are covered by CrossFit headquarters.  Therefore, every dollar donated goes further!  For more on CrossFit for Hope, visit their website.

A trip of this magnitude is a huge undertaking and we’re working hard to partner with sponsors to keep our costs as low as possible, but to make this a success and to give the best donation possible as the end of the year, we need YOUR help!  Whether you’re into CrossFit or not, this is about coming together and making a huge impact!  The more we raise, the more we can donate!

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Here’s how you can be a part:

  • Follow along via our blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and share with friends!
  • Via our GoFundMe campaign where you can donate in exchange for a postcard from the road, t-shirt/tank top, or even dinner cooked by us as we come through your area!
  • By inviting us to your CrossFit box to host a fundraising event when we come through your area! (50statesinayear at gmail dot com)

What started out as a simple and kind of crazy idea has turned into so much more and I can’t wait to see the impact we can make together as a community – I hope you’ll join us!


QUESTION:  Isn’t this a cool idea?!?  Please help Katie out!  What’s your favorite state??


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