Photo courtesy of OpenDoors Slow and controlled, the breath becomes rhythmic and steady as the terrain stretches on along past rushing streams and towering trees, complete with birdsongs and various flora and fauna as elevation ebbs and flows. It’s a run less about mile time and more about the strict endurance and human emotion behind its existence. Connor Mailander, 17, is running 100 miles through the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to raise $100,000 for OpenDoors. Mailander’s connection to the families and students of Asheville, N.C. runs deep, calling him to combine a passion for running with community outreach. An experienced athlete in both cross-country and track for his high school team, Mailander is taking it to the next level with his upcoming ultra distance run. How did you become involved in OpenDoors? Started in 2010, OpenDoors blossomed as a non-profit organization and a flourishing relief effort. Gennifer Langdon Ramming, executive director and co-founder, noticed the need for specialized attention for students in the classroom while volunteering at Dickson Elementary. Now, OpenDoors is helping support Asheville’s low income families through emergency assistance, including gas and grocery cards, furniture and bedding, summer camps, and education via the “To and Through” program to foster success through high school and college. If you would like to donate to Connor’s run for OpenDoors, visit the link below: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/connors-100-miles I would say probably one of the greatest challenges of all is mental tiredness. My body is going to be in so much pain, but I would say it’s just about staying focused. After a while it’s pretty easy to just start thinking, “Oh, I want to go eat a hamburger” or something like that, and you don’t get that opportunity. You just have to keep on going through with one foot after another. I ran a 50 miler in December and I spent 12 hours on that run. I had to keep my mind engaged, “one step after another, right after this there is a flat section, then a downhill section, now let’s run just a few more yards than we could.” It’s not about going super fast, it’s just about staying engaged. If you stay engaged and you’re able to just keep moving, even though you’re in a lot of pain, even if you’re walking or crawling, you’re still moving forward and I think that’s the big, big thing, that you got to keep moving. How would you encourage others to use the outdoors as a catalyst to take action in their communities? Usually I’ll do six miles on a Tuesday, eight miles on a Wednesday, and six miles on a Thursday. If I’m feeling good on Friday, which I usually am, I will run about three miles on Friday. Then usually Saturday I have a long run which varies. I give myself Sunday to just really relax and it’s kind of nice. I have homework and stuff so I just give myself a break on Sunday, and then Monday, I will do like a light run or bike or just go for a walk. Nothing too intense. But I kind of give myself two days of rest, depending on how hard Saturday is. It is a challenging time to raise money just because people aren’t working. It’s hard to give money when you don’t have any to give. And so, hopefully at that point there’s a little bit more traction and people will want to donate. The response so far has been great and while I’m running, I hope that people come out and support and, of course, socially distance. It’s great when people are able to rally around something that’s a good cause. I had a friend last year who also ran 100 miles, and he raised money for a charity called Partners and Health. We run a lot together and we went to school together so he said, “Hey, you should run a hundred miles this year.” I came home and I told my parents. They loved the sound of it and so then everybody kind of just started helping me with it. OpenDoors hopes to use the money Mailander raises to provide aid for students in need of tutors and daily meals, while furthering the resources of the program. BRO caught up with the runner to talk about his upcoming run set to take place on June 19-20. I run on [Mills River] every day, and it’s a great trail. A lot of people use it. So it’s a good trail to use and runs right next to the parkway. Pisgah Forest is a good trail, just because it has everything. Part of it also is just tacking on miles. It’s a lot of distance so you have a lot of different places to run. The Mountains to Sea trail will be the tough thing. All that is pretty tough terrain so that’ll be pretty challenging. I have lived in Asheville for almost nine years, and so I’ve been able to enjoy Asheville and all of its surroundings and opportunities. But a lot of these families aren’t because they don’t have the resources, and OpenDoors really provides them with those opportunities with focusing on school. They send kids to college, they help give them scholarships, they provide opportunities for families and for working parents. They make sure that families are taken care of and that they are able to have a life with a lot of resources, and a lot of help, and a lot of love. There are some kids who are in OpenDoors who go to my school, even one of my brother’s best friends. My mom is pretty good friends with the executive director and so from those relationships, I’ve gotten to know a little bit more about OpenDoors, what they do, and what their purpose is. The more I learned about them, I realized that’s something I’m passionate about, which is, education. My goal is to do under 40 hours, and a lot of it’s going to be on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. It’s a pretty tough trail in some parts and not too bad in others. I think under 40 hours is going to be achievable. On the first day, my goal is probably about 60 miles and then the second day is finishing. I think, especially in Western North Carolina, we have such easy access to nature. It’s just a fantastic resource to build community and to educate people. I know that when I was in elementary school, going out for hikes in the Arboretum, walking around, and being able to see all this biodiversity. And of course, at such a young age, you don’t really understand what you’re seeing but I think now as I get older and as I spend more and more time outside, I get to really see beauty. Last weekend when I went running, I was changing elevation quite a lot and you can just see how the plant types change around you the higher up or lower down you go. I think you can use that for education purposes. Asheville has so much biodiversity, you can teach so much about every single living organism here. But you can also use it to build community. I know that there are groups in Asheville that go for runs on weeknights and they just go run around the city or biking groups where you just go like bike down the trails because we have so many amazing trails here. I think being able to have such easy access to nature we are able to build stronger communities by getting outside and kind of dropping all the technology and dropping into what’s happening around us and just appreciate where we are and who we are with. What is the greatest challenge you expect to face in your outdoor run? Mailander trains with his dog. Photo courtesy of OpenDoors How are you training for the run? Why did you choose Mills River, Pisgah Forest, and part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail for your run? Why did you decide to do an ultra run to raise money?
The home at 2/35 Victoria St, Kelvin Grove, is built with sustainable living in mind.The cottage at 2/35 Victoria St, Kelvin Grove was built over a number of years by an environmental engineer and thoughtfully designed to make the most of the natural elements, according to Harcourts Solutions licensed real estate agent Bridget Gabites.“The owner collected the timber, and it’s all been designed to make sure it stays cool in summer and warm in the winter by keeping windows away from the western side,” Ms Gabites said.“There are solar panels that almost provides all the electricity for the home and there is a water tank outside.” The cottage was designed to make the most of a small block.Ms Gabites said blocks in Kelvin Grove were traditionally small and the vendor had maximised the space available through the minimalist style of the house. The home is open-plan living.The Queenslander had an architecturally designed renovation and extension which was completed about a decade ago, so while the front of the home remains in traditional fashion, the rest of the residence is ultra-modern. The home was architecturally designed by the owner’s son in 1969.The retro-chic home is back in style and has garnered the attention of buyers, many of whom want to preserve the property.“The majority have been looking to maintain the style and have come just for the architecture, while the others have come for the area,” Mr Morgan said.The home will go to auction on July 7, midday. More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoThe home at 35 Kanofski St, Chermside West, will go to auction for the first time in nearly 50 years.Further north at Chermside West, a home is set to change hands for the first time in almost 50 years. The backyard of 42 Beeston St, Teneriffe.Backing onto Teneriffe Park, the home at 42 Beeston St, Teneriffe sits on what is an almost unheard of 911sq m. The home flows through from inside to outside.The five bedroom, four bedroom home had undercover lockup accommodation for five cars.“When you have older children and they start to get cars, you can fit all of their cars, plus your own cars undercover in the garage,” Mr Lancashire said.The home will go to auction on July 7, at 11am.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02 Retro-chic is back! This home has drawn attention for its architecture.Ray White Chermside sales consultant Matt Morgan said the 35 Kanofski St property had been architecturally designed by the vendors son, who built and moved into the home in 1969.“The most common word I’ve heard is ‘timeless’,” Mr Morgan said.“A lot of people who have come here have said the house is better than the photos.” The bedrooms are large.The slice of prime property will go to auction on Saturday and Ray White New Farm sales principal Matt Lancashire said a block of that size at an inner-city location was rare.“In New Farm and Teneriffe anything over 600sq m is considered inner city acreage,” Mr Lancashire said.“There are only a limited amount of blocks in the area above 800sq m and this is one of them.” The master bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in robe.The unique property had been popular among potential buyers with 70 groups through at inspections.“Our average amount of buyers through is about 30 to 40,” Ms Gabites said.“Proof is in the pudding that buyers are looking for something very unique and special.”The home will go under the hammer on July 7, at 10.30am. The cottage at 2/35 Victoria St, Kelvin Grove, is set to go to auction on Saturday.ARCHITECTURALLY designed homes are the flavour of the week with a number of them going under the hammer around the city this weekend.There is everything from an ecologically sustainable home, a modern mansion, and a 1960s stunner which will hit the market for the first time in almost 50 years.