Your February to-do list: cure blindness, set a half-marathon PR, race Scott Jurek, and run with Ethiopian superstars.

And it’s totally do-able. It ain’t cheap, but opportunities of a lifetime never are.
From Outside magazine:

Next winter, Jurek is joining forces with the Himalayan Cataract Project and imagine1day to offer 14 runners the chance to join him on a 10-day voluntour and running expedition to Ethiopia. “I’ve been trying to find partners and projects that bring together my passion for running with my desire to give back,” says Jurek of the Accelerate Ethiopia program, a fundraising initiative launched today to support HCP, a group that supplies high-quality, low-cost eye care in the developing world and imagine1day, a Canadian non-profit working to provide all Ethiopians access to quality education funded free of foreign aid by 2030. “This trip allows runners to not just raise money through racing, but to experience an amazing culture and give back along the way.”

The trip, which runs from February 22 to March 3, 2012, is a unique opportunity to train and race with some of the world’s best endurance athletes in one of the most stunning trail running settings on the planet. In addition to spending time with Jurek, participants will join Ethiopian superstars Gebre Gebremariam (winner of the 2010 New York City Marathon), Werknesh Kidane (world cross-country racing champion), and Haile Gebresalassie (two-time Olympic gold medal winner in the 10,000 meters) on runs in the rugged Gheralta Mountains, home to some of the world’s oldest Christian churches.

At his wedding last month, Scott and his new bride personally served dinner to every single guest. For those of us with shabbier moral codes, it’s hard to ever measure up to a guy like that. Here’s your chance.


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