My Brother is Running 220 Miles (in 4 days!) To Help New Jersey


Hi everyone. I wanted to take a quick break from the usual Photoshop and photography stuff to tell you a little about some personal stuff that my brother is doing for the state of New Jersey. I’m sure by now that you’ve heard about the devastation that hit the East Coast of the US recently. Well, you may or may not know that I was actually born and raised in New Jersey (very close to the coastal areas that were hit hard). Many places that my family now lives in, has lived, and that I still visit today were hit pretty badly. Areas along the coast (sorry “shore” if you’re from NJ ;) ), where I spent my childhood summers are now gone.

Well, I’m extremely happy and proud to say that my brother, Ed Kloskowski, is doing something to help. He’s created an organization called Run4NJ. On November 16th (tomorrow) he’ll embark on a 220 mile run along the entire length of the Garden State over 3 days. Yep, you read correctly. 220 miles in 4 days. That’s around 55 miles per day or the equivalent of over 2 full-length marathons per day. It’s all in an effort to help raise funds and awareness for the recovery efforts.

I know from looking at this website stats, how many people stop by this blog each day. If each one of you would take a minute and donate $1, then he’d pretty much far surpass his goal and have much more to give to NJ. There’s a website set up right here and you can even donate through Paypal so it’s really easy.

A little background on my brother. He’s in insanely good shape. He runs more in a typical day than most people drive. He’s completed several full Ironman races, many “wimpy” 26-mile marathons (well, wimpy in his book), and countless other races, triathlons and training feats that would leave most people sore for an entire month (and he’s 7 years older than me!). So when he says he’s going to run 220 miles for this cause, you’d better believe he’s gonna do it. While I can’t be there with him to do it, I’m just trying to be there to help support him.

Thanks for giving me a quick minute to tell you about Run4NJ and the area in which I grew up. I know with the holiday season coming up that you’ve got lots of demands on your wallet, both personally and for donations. But I do hope you’ll take a few minutes to see how, with just a few bucks, you can help out. Have a good one!

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  • http://photoblog.2zars.com Wayne Woodruff

    Thanks for sharing this Matt, I’ve added to the cause :-)

  • http://gravatar.com/jloehle Joe Loehle

    I just kicked a few bucks in. Good cause. Tough way to do it!

  • John Parker

    I logged on to Ed’s site and donated $25. Glad to help.

    • John Parker

      Shared this on Facebook with the NJ link too Hopefully there will more donations!

  • Rik Groves

    Great idea posting this, Matt! I was glad to help by contributing and give your brother high praise for his efforts!

  • http://www.facebook.com/KenTannenbaum Ken Tannenbaum

    I donated for two reasons; first it is a great cause, and second thanks to you and your style of educating me on Lightroom and other photographic related lessons.

  • Phil Cook

    Great to see your brother has smashed his target, glad to have helped in a small way. Thanks for sharing Matt.

  • http://gravatar.com/commutingtales Mona Carol

    I had no idea that was your brother. I’ve been following his journey on facebook! Thank you, from a fellow Jerseyite.

  • Ed Law

    Matt, you have been my main “go to” source (including NAPP and Kelby Training) for the last 4 years of returning to “hobbyist” photography. Online, books, and 2 PSW so far, registered for Orlando again.

    Your Blog and the Grid on ‘Mission Statement’ is truly inspirational and only wish I had experienced it much earlier. I started with wet darkroom and a Kodak in 1937 at age 13, but just took “pictures” (thousands with all kinds of cameras and film), for the next 75 years through two wars and a zillion travel opportunities .. never experienced the satisfaction I could have had in being aware of WHAT I was trying to accomplish.

    And, you DID have an epiphany .. had always loved your “outside” pics. And this year – WOW!

    Thank you and hope you continue to not only have tremendous success but also the opportunities to enjoy your MISSION.

    Ed