My name is Peter Ripmaster. To my friends, I’m just “Pete.” I live in the mountains of North Carolina, Fairview to be specific. I’m an adventurer with a mission.
In 2000, I lost my sweet mother, Hillary Ripmaster, to breast cancer. Days before her death, I promised mom I would do EVERYTHING in my power to help find a cure for breast cancer. Although it took me a few years to find my stride, in 2008 I started fundraising by running marathons.
By the fall of 2013, I had run 50 marathons in 50 states and raised over $60,000 for cancer research.
Towards the end of the 50-states venture, I started running ultra-marathons. Logging 50, 100, or 200 mile runs brought me joy and a sense of accomplishment, but something was missing--the mission. I am now refocused and ready to run!
In February, 2016, I will run my third Iditarod Trail Invitational. After two consecutive years of running the 350 mile course, I will attempt to complete the 1000 mile journey.
Like the mushers and dog's, we will begin near Anchorage and end up in Nome. Only 15 runners have completed the 1000 mile course in the last 15 years. I hope to be #16!
But regardless of how many miles I cover, every dime I raise will be donated to The Hope Chest for Women, a local Asheville, NC non-profit. In very practical ways, they support and assist women with breast and gynecologic cancer throughout Western North Carolina.
I hope you will partner with me as I continue to run in memory of my mom. This time around instead of raising money for cancer reasearch I am doing it to support women and give hope to them while in treatment. Money that we raise can help these women from having to choose to provide for basic needs or the cost of care.
As always, YEE HAW!
Wanting to make a difference,
For more information about The Hope Chest for Women please visit: www.hopechestforwomen.org