“What am I doing good? What am I doing with my life?”
At almost 50, the father of two girls ages 20 & 12, Navy veteran and advertising entrepreneur John Dolan is nagged by this question. “What am I doing that is good for people?”
In response, Eat & Run Mississippi, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, has been founded to explore the state through Dolan’s dining and running adventures, all while raising money for small, local charities, an effort he believes will produce big results.
An avid runner since 2012 who now averages 1,000 – 1,200 miles per year, readers will follow Dolan’s life online. As he runs, readers can sponsor his mileage, all benefiting one local charity each year. Year one will benefited Run for Lily, The Lily Pad, a future restaurant that will train special needs young adults and adults to work in the hospitality field. In 2019, the charity will be Extra Table. Extra Table is a non-profit organization committed to ending hunger by providing food pantries and soup kitchens with the new and healthy food they need to feed the hungry in their community.
The effort will allow the public to read Dolan’s “every man’s account” of his own weight loss journey, training efforts and dining in great local restaurants.
“We want to promote tourism, local culinary destinations, where to stay and healthy living,” Dolan says. “I want to tell the story in my voice: not as a writer but as a soon-to-be 50-year-old regular guy who is also racing toward another goal: The Boston Marathon.” Dolan has two years to reach the goal, all while helping to enrich other’s lives, too.
Eat & Run Mississippi is a charity raising money for a charity. All donations are tax-deductible, giving this a degree of transparency overseen by a five-member board from the legal to the health field and athletes.
Dolan’s effort is already inspiring others. Fellow runners are asking to sponsor the charity and to join in the effort themselves, racking up charitable miles of their own, with all proceeds benefitting the designated charities.