In the 20th anniversary edition of the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Jordan Campbell (writer, filmmaker, and Marmot ambassador athlete) provided some stellar thoughts on what the next 20 years will hold for the outdoors at large.\u00a0 One comment spoke volumes about how stewards of the outdoors will be further encouraged to think and approach their existence:\r\n\r\n"The marriage of adventure with altruism will continue to play a more significant role in the 21st century.\u00a0 Giving back to underserved populations across the globe is part of a new moral imperative in the outdoor adventure space.\u00a0 It is no longer a sidebar activity for a dedicated few; rather it has become an end unto itself and part of the adventure space."\r\n\r\nLet that sink in a bit.\u00a0 Being an outdoor enthusiast often invokes a strong sense of community.\u00a0 Issues that people in this community fight for and feel passionate about go far beyond the reach of any one individual. We collectively need each other to compete, protect wilderness, and navigate space in a multitude of forms.\u00a0 Outdoor adventure enthusiasts are some of the most committed people I\u2019ve ever met.\u00a0 That can take shape in raising money and awareness for causes, training for races or events, creating fulfilling careers and businesses around their interests, or just getting outside and playing as much as possible.\u00a0 It\u2019s a beautiful thing, and I live in an amazing area of Virginia that makes it easy.\r\n\r\nAs much as I love my native land, I love to travel even more.\u00a0 When I plan trips, I always balance city time with outdoor\/nature time.\u00a0 By doing this, my family and I get to experience contrasting cultures within any one country.\u00a0 As part of my upcoming trip planning, I have decided to try to make it a priority next year to visit a dear friend that currently lives in Tanzania, and of course I am coupling this with a race.\u00a0 I used to travel a lot more, and my family and I still try to go beyond U.S. borders at least once a year.\r\n\r\nWith less time dedicated to travel, I have increasingly become calculated and introspective about what I want to get out of a trip.\u00a0 To Mr. Campbell\u2019s point, this often leads to how I can give back\/up\/outward.\u00a0 Beyond visiting a good friend, and running an amazing race, Tanzania is quite unexpected for me as a travel destination.\u00a0 I thought we might take the kids on safari there when they are much older, but never imagined going to that region of the world so soon.\u00a0 My college roommate happens to be posted there through USAID, and I\u2019m at a good place in life where this type of trip can really be meaningful.\u00a0 So I started to dig into that question: how meaningful and in what form?\r\n\r\nTo a certain degree, I believe in fortuitous circumstances.\u00a0 My friend and I used to run a lot in college together, and over the years have supported each other in running via long distance encouragement: emails and phone calls asking about race results, discussing the challenges of post-partum running, relishing in the joy of getting out of the house for even 30 minutes when you have kids under the age of 5.\r\n\r\nWhen she moved to Tanzania, we jokingly kicked around the idea of running a race there together.\u00a0 Then I got to the point where I said, why not?\u00a0 I was doing well with my running and training, had joined the BRO athlete team and wanted to start a charitable initiative at my work, so it seemed feasible that this trip could happen.\u00a0 We talked about causes and organizations that I could try to support leading up to my trip, and running the Kilimanjaro marathon as the culmination of this effort.\u00a0 One of the causes we discussed is the maternal mortality rate in Tanzania.\r\n\r\nA few days later at work, our team was watching the latest Apple release, and Christy Turlington-Burns was on promoting her non-profit, Every Mother Counts (EMC).\u00a0 She had been the first person to use and wear an Apple Watch for training and racing\u2026in the Kilimanjaro half marathon.\u00a0 It all clicked.\u00a0 I had a great trip to take to see an old friend, and now had learned about an established charity to support in my effort to give something back.\u00a0 This trip planning is still in its infancy (and TBD, though I do hope to be able to make it happen!), but I have since become a Running Ambassador for Every Mother Counts.\u00a0 I will be running at least four local races to raise funds and awareness for EMC, and welcome any others that want to run\/walk in these races with me.\u00a0 You can reach me here!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTo come full circle, we do live in an area that makes our love of the outdoors and associated adventures easy to access and enjoy.\u00a0 Some others live in areas where this abundance of outdoor space and remoteness is a breaking point that can be the difference between life and death.\u00a0 For these mothers and mothers \u2013to \u2013 be, \u201caccess\u201d to the outdoors can kill.\u00a0 Many women live miles away from healthcare providers and facilities, with extremely limited access to transportation.\u00a0 Every Mother Counts uses running as a symbolic gesture to indicate that distance is a huge barrier for these women: \u201cIn some parts of the world, it\u2019s not uncommon for women to travel as far as 26 miles to reach emergency care, even when in labor.\u201d \u00a0 Without transportation, this is a huge hurdle.\u00a0 Every Mother Counts epitomizes the outdoor adventure community\u2019s nuptials with altruism. \u00a0 It\u2019s our turn and our privilege to give back.\u00a0 Won\u2019t you come with me?