Along the way, we'll be introducing you to D10 athletes in these new cities. For Denver, that begins with our inaugural athlete, Allison Harper.
BIM Technology Specialist, Hord Coplan Macht
The D10 Colorado
Fundraising goal: Individual (3K)
2019 Marquee Event: 400M (Goal: 1:10)
What is your primary motivator for competing in The D10 events?
I’m a former Colorado State Champion in the 400-meter dash and CU Boulder middle distance runner. I love to run and to challenge myself, so when I heard about all the sprinting events in The D10 I was immediately hooked. I can’t wait to be a part of another competition on the track.
How much of your motivation for participating in The D10 stems from its charitable mission?
Initially, I was drawn to the physical aspect of The D10, but to know that it’s benefitting such a noble cause sealed the deal for me. At the beginning of this year, I had a miscarriage from an ectopic pregnancy. This can be a life-threatening condition. For my safety, I was given a low-dose shot of chemotherapy. My body reacted with the most overwhelming waves of aches, pains, nausea, and fear I’ve ever experienced. I’m the mother of a young son. It absolutely breaks my heart to think of kids having to deal with cancer and the side effects of chemo. If I can support research in any way to help bring an end to pediatric cancer, I’m 100% in!
How did you first get involved in The D10?
My father-in-law knows I like to do unusual events (like the Fight for Air climb every year), so when he saw something about The D10 at his gym, he asked if I had ever heard of it. I hadn’t, but what started as somewhat of a joke became a full-fledged goal! I’d been in search of something new and fun and The D10 came along at just the right time.
The D10 Denver is September 15th; Allison Harper seems ready already!
How has The D10 been different from your collegiate or high school sports experiences in terms of training and motivation?
In high school, my sole training regimen came from running. In college, I had a strength trainer who instilled a love of weight lifting in me, but I was injured so I didn’t spend as much time running. This time around, I’m able to do both, and it’s been an absolute joy! Knowing that there’s cancer research money on the line helps push me on the days where I want to take it easy.
In what ways do you expect your participation in The D10 to affect your performance at work?
I’ve known forever that staying active during stressful times helps keep me calm and collected. The ironic thing is that when I get super busy, being active is usually the first thing to go, which then makes me more stressed. Now that I have this event that will take months of training, it keeps me motivated and forces me to get out and go for a run or hit the gym, no matter how much I have going on at work. Every single time I come back feeling refreshed and more prepared to focus and get stuff done!
Do you hope to make new lasting friendships, or strengthen your professional network, as a result of your D10 experience?
I’m really looking forward to meeting like-minded people whose idea of a fun day includes sprinting, throwing and jumping!
Allison is going gangbusters raising money for Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation. Help her efforts with a charitable pledge toward her fundraising goals.