When Eric Eisinger trains for a marathon, each step is in service to others.
A 26-year-old civil engineer, Eric and his corporate team trained for months before the Colfax Marathon. They clinched first in the Corporate Cup Relay in 2013, and defended their title the next two years. It’s a double victory for Eric and Seeds of Hope, whom they donate their $2,500 winnings to help low-income families achieve a Catholic education for their children.
His running hobby became the way to give back in gratitude for his education.
“I feel like the education I received has given me every opportunity to succeed in life, and I wouldn’t want someone who desired that education to miss out on the opportunity due to financial reasons,” said Eric, who attended Holy Name Parish in Sheridan.
Eric received some help himself when attending college. He attended Our Lady of Fatima School in Lakewood from kindergarten to eighth grade and later graduated from Wheat Ridge High School. He was awarded a partial scholarship to attend the Colorado School of Mines, where he also ran cross country.
“I was very fortunate to get that scholarship,” he said. “I certainly know the feeling of a struggle and the relief of someone lending a hand. I am truly grateful for all the wonderful people in my life who have and continue to help me.”
Even though a self-described worry wart and perfectionist with his studies, Eric realized the benefits of his Catholic education when at Wheat Ridge High. His classes were easier than he anticipated.
“I didn’t have a frame of reference until I went to public high school,” he said. “I was quite a bit better prepared for what was expected of me.”
As a successful engineer, Eric puts his hobby “to good use” by running for Seeds of Hope.
“It’s much easier to get motivated when there is good cause to train for,” he said.
Six months before the Colfax Marathon, Eric starts training. Two months before the race, he’s running every day, averaging 70 miles a week. He likes to train during his lunch break around Cherry Creek State Park.
Giving his time and talent to a worthy cause makes it worth every mile.
“I have been extremely blessed in so many ways in my life,” Eric said. “I am glad that my running hobby benefits Seeds of Hope.”
Eric’s take on giving
Q: What do you think are the benefits of giving?
A: One thing that I find is a constant struggle for me is to maintain an outlook on life that is not skewed by self-centric views and motivations. I imagine that I am not the only one who struggles with this, but perhaps the most important benefit of giving for me is the reminder that life is about more than oneself.
Q: What advice would you give someone who is thinking about becoming a volunteer or donor?
A: From a logical point of view, I would ask, ‘What are the downsides?’ There really shouldn’t be any. If there aren’t, you should take the plunge and donate—give what you’re considering. You have much to gain and very little to lose. The donation you make is going to help somebody in a very tangible way and in a very real way.