To view our past newsletters, click here!
February 2019 E-Newsletter
Running with Purpose
Sam and Grace will be running the half marathon at the Austin Marathon on February 17th to help raise funds and awareness for Austin Partners in Education (APIE). During last year’s race, Sam and Grace helped raise over $6,000 for APIE. APIE serves nearly 2,500 of Austin Independent School District’s most at-risk students through direct student support programs.
Join Sam and Grace - http://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/apie2019/samueldowd
Why are marathons 26.2 miles long?
The first marathon at the 1896 Olympics commemorated the run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield near the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C. which was about 25 miles. After 1896, the next few Olympic marathons varied in distance with the idea that as long as all runners ran the same course, there was no need to keep the distance exactly the same.
For the 1908 London Olympics, the course was laid out from Windsor Castle to White City stadium, about 26 miles. However, to locate the finish line in front of the royal family's viewing box, an extra 385 yards was added inside the stadium, which started the marathon tradition of yelling "God save the Queen" in the last mile.
Despite the success of that race, it took 13 more years before the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) adopted the 1908 distance as the official marathon. In fact, of the first seven modern Olympics, there were six different distances.
Today, there are more than 500 organized marathons in 64 countries around the world each year, with more than 425,000 marathon finishers in the United States alone.
Thank you for your referrals!
Congratulations to Jason Fisher, the winner of our annual referral program $100 gift card drawing! Each time you refer a friend, you are entered into our annual gift card drawing.
Referral Program Details - www.dowdinsurancetx.com/referral-program
Austin Cares Concert featuring Lukas Nelson
February 9th at ACL Live
The Austin Cares Concert, produced by the C4AC Music Series, will be raising awareness and funds for Superhero Kids, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians-HAAM, and the Step Onward Foundation. Headlining artist, Lukas Nelson will be joined by The Texas KGB as the opening act.
Get Tickets - www.concerts4ac.com
February 28th 6 PM
Amplify Austin Day is a 24-hour period that provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to give together while helping local nonprofits. In 2018, $10.3 million was raised for 700 Central Texas nonprofits. On Amplify Austin Day, Amplify Austin sponsors match every donation.
Support Austin Charities - www.amplifyatx.org
Now that the secret’s out that Tom can juggle, you can be sure to find him at Jugglefest this month honing his mad juggling skills! 2019 marks Jugglefest’s 26th year, and it will feature juggling, unicycling and other circus arts. Come out pick up the basics, learn some new tricks or just enjoy the show.
Find Out More – www.juggling.place.org/jugglefest
Valentine’s Candy Hearts
Check out these fun facts about the best-selling Valentine’s Day candy:
- The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) makes more than 8 billion candy hearts every year to keep up with the demand for the sweet treat.
- Every day from late February through mid-January, around 100,000 pounds of conversation candy hearts are made.
- The entire amount produced during this time sells out in six weeks. Candy hearts are the best-selling Valentine's Day candy.
- In 2010, for the first time in 145 years, the company discarded all of the sayings for the conversation hearts and created a new line with expressions selected by the public.
- The most popular new sayings for conversation candy hearts are "Tweet Me," "Text Me," "You Rock," "Love Bug," "Soul Mate," and "Me + You."