Spotlight: Running for Peak 7

As an outdoors organization, Peak 7 naturally draws a crew of very active volunteers and supporters. One of our supporters, Matt Long, is turning his active lifestyle into a conduit for supporting Peak 7. On November 19, he will be running the Grand Ridge Trail Marathon in Issaquah, WA to raise funds to get youth outside with Peak 7. We LOVE his creative way of combining a hobby he enjoys with supporting underserved youth in his community!

If you’d like to learn more about his run or contribute, you can visit Matt’s fundraising page. For now, though, here’s a little more about Matt!

How did you hear about/first get involved with Peak 7?

Four years ago, a good Christian friend from college invited me to join her Ski to Sea Race Team which was fundraising for Peak 7.  I was honored to accept the invitation after looking into the company and seeing what good and awesome things they do for the world.

What about Peak 7 is meaningful to you?

Everything.  The good hearts of the people behind Peak 7 truly never cease to inspire me and make the world a better place.  I especially value their long-term investments in building and sustaining strong relationships with young people.

What do you do with your time when you’re not helping Peak 7?

I’m blessed to lead an active life, full of a diverse range of activities from outdoor recreation and exercise to writing to running the sound system on Sunday mornings for my church.  My soul requires regular time with my Lord God, with family and community (besides Facebook!), and with nature.  I enjoy making new friends and continuing to have “small world moments.” I happen to really like what I do for a living, running my own landscape business on South Whidbey Island called Matt’s Total Landscape & Garden.  I’m also currently a part time student at Edmonds Community College finishing a business management certificate this fall and starting their esteemed landscape design program this winter!

What is your favorite thing to do outside?

On a nice day, I love to paddle a wooden boat (which I made with a good high school friend of mine) in Puget Sound, swim with friends, and look underwater at all the beautiful marine life
Keep up the good work, Peak 7!