A Holiday wish from RunBlogRun, by Larry Eder

Dear readers,

My brother, Brian, started me on RunBlogRun.com in 2007. I was apprehensive at first, and then, it became more. Thanks, dear brother. 

Brian told me to write about my experiences, my thoughts, my love of the sport. Several times a day, I do just that. 

During those seven years, I have learnt about you, our readers. I know that you care about our sport, and in this world overly saturated with media options, you read RunBlogRun & the Running Network. 

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I thank you on behalf of the 36 publishers in Fortius Media Group, Running Network, RunBlogRun and the Shoe Addicts. 

In May 2013, I walked myself to an emergency room, and spent nearly two weeks in the hospital. After some testing, the hospital figured out I had diabetes. I had to pull my head out of the proverbial backside, and change my diet, walk every day, and start taking care of myself. But, it was my family: my parents, my son, Adam, my brother, Brian and my sisters, who encouraged me to take care of myself. 

In January 2014, I went into business with my brother and my son. Fortius Media Group represents our former partners in the RunningNetwork, and fourteen other publishers, print and digital (you can find our list of publishers on runningnetwork.com).

In August 2014, we purchased the assets of the RunningNetwork. That just completes the circle of what we do with our partners.  

After 18 months, I am off insulin and diabetic medications. I walk each day, eat six times a day (watching carbs), have lost weight, and feel better each day. I also received notes from many of you, encouraging me to walk and take care of myself. 

In your honor, we are making a donation to Rainbow Hospice in Wisconsin, a cause supported by my late friend and former CFO, Tom Mack. Tom was a very special friend, who taught me much about running a business, who died this past August. His jokes, and his kindness are what I miss most about him. 

We also have made donations to two food banks, one in Wisconsin and one in California. 

And, over the holidays, we also do random acts of kindness, donating footwear, backpacks and clothes to those who need some kindness. 

Thanks to you, our readers, for your support over the past seven years! 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and Happy Holidays! 

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