By Angie Fenton
Depending on which statistics you go by, less than 1 percent of us
will ever complete a marathon. Paul Erway, who is featured on our
cover, has completed 50 in 50 states in 50 weeks. As impressive
as that is – and it is undeniably impressive – that’s not what struck
me most about his story, which was written by writer Steve Kaufman
(you can find it on page 16).
It’s one thing to share a tale of physical resolve, but Paul also was
candid about the pitfalls and harsh challenges, including the moment
when he contemplated ending it all. Admitting this out loud and
allowing yourself to be vulnerable enough to do so takes strength.
That is what struck me the most about Paul’s story, his willingness to
be so candid about enduring such despair and the remarkable way
he was able to pull himself out of it by reaching out to help others
as he also developed into a phenomenal athlete. I encourage you
to not only read his story but also read his book.
In the January issue of Extol Sports, we featured Brad Luttrell,
co-founder and CEO of GoWild, an app for people who love the
outdoors. Thanks to the popularity, Brad recently left his job at
OOHology to focus full-time on GoWild. “This app has taken off
faster than I ever imagined,“ said Brad when I asked for an update.
“We’ve slowed our marketing efforts down and are still adding 80
people per day to the app. With revenue up 500 percent so far this
year, and a lot of advertiser inquiries coming in, I just felt that if I
was ever going to give this thing my full attention, this was it. I’m so
grateful for all of the people who have helped GoWild so far, from my
family to my team at OOHology to our investors. It’s been an exciting
and wild ride thus far. Here’s to what’s next.” Congratulations to the
GoWild team and here’s to their continued success!