It's a Muddy Business

The Greeks once called running “the world’s most accessible sport.” Its endless virtues are as utilitarian as they are beautiful. Four and a half million years ago we learned to walk upright and almost immediately turned those baby steps into long strides, but how has it evolved?


Clearly things have come a long way since then; nowadays most of us are running to get rid of those pesky calories instead of hunting for them, but consider this: can running become more than just a way to stay in shape? Does it have the power to change a community? You probably can’t go a week without hearing of some kind of marathon or race devoted to charity. In 1969, the first official charity run was organized by the Church World Service for world hunger, and was a huge success. Since then we have been walking and running our way to a better planet, but as with most co-opted fundraising, many times we lose sight of what is truly at stake.


Sitting down with Dan Pavlin, Race Director and CFO of Endurance Race Services, you immediately get a sense that he finds pleasure in managing chaos. I met with Dan at his “day” job at Bernard Williams and Company, where he works as an insurance salesman and we got to talking about -among many other things- the true ethos of why he spends his weekends organizing races.


“I try to look at the business world as a platform for my faith, and ERS is my outreach arm,” says Pavlin. Giving back to the community as a vehicle for faith can also be applied to anyone who believes in ethics and moral reasoning (aka everyone), in that your career should be an extension of your outreach. Pavlin has taken this idea and quite literally, run with it.


To read more about how Pavlin ran with his passion, pick up the April/May Adventure Issue of South magazine. In the mean time, head to to see when the upcoming ERS races are.