In the 23 years that Sister Hazel has been a band we’ve experienced countless big adventures together. Long tours, wicked pranks, wild nights, studio jams, busses, planes, trains, vans, festivals, record deals, TV shows, radio shows, Rock Boats, Rock Slopes, and Hazelnut Hangs. Not to mention marriages, parenthood, families, friends, and pets.
We’ve also faced huge challenges along the way. There have been difficult personal issues, countless professional adversities, and huge charitable goals that we desperately wanted to meet.
Throughout it all we’ve overcome each and every thing that has presented itself because we tackled each of them together – like a band of brothers.
This year we have decided to take on a huge challenge that will test us all both physically and mentally. In May of 2017 we will be competing in a 100 mile relay road race called the “Keys100” in the Florida Keys. We will be training hard between now and then to prepare ourselves for this challenge that is unlike anything we have ever done.
Why would we choose to Embark on such a big goal you ask?!
Well, several reasons. One, because we all agree that our health and fitness should be a larger priority in our lives for the sake of our families, for the band, and for ourselves as individuals – and that actions speak louder than words. This seemed like a powerful way to commit to that lifestyle in a larger tangible and accountable way – TOGETHER. Two, we all wanted to take on something that is totally outside of our musical lives and that is totally outside of our comfort zone. For some of us – the idea of this race was WAY out of our comfort zone! Three, we hope that we can inspire other people in the Hazelnut community and beyond to set some big long term goals and know that they can be accomplished with dedication, commitment, and by taking it one step and day at a time. Believe it or not – We are not spring chickens anymore – so if we can do it, YOU can do it. And lastly, we are hoping to raise money for “The Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys” and bring awareness to our children’s cancer charity “Lyrics For Life” and “Camp Hazelnut”. Camp Hazelnut is a three day weekend hosted by Sister Hazel at Camp Crystal Lake in North Florida. It’s a place where kids and their families who are navigating a challenging cancer diagnosis can have a true summer camp experience and a fun escape from treatment and medical challenges with other awesome kids, the band, and all of the amazing counselors who will be there to ensure that a great time will be had by all!
So there you have it. We are all signed up and fully committed to conquering this challenge. Just like you guys – some of us are further along in our personal fitness than others – and some of us quite literally started from step one. It’s gonna take a lot to be prepared – and yes for some of us it’s a little overwhelming. But we are “ALL IN”!! We’ve started training and we will be keeping everyone up to date on how it’s going, what’s working, what’s not, our small victories and when we trip up along the path. And although we are all in this together and with each other’s support – we are each approaching it in our own way, with our own challenges, and our own training methods – so we will each be reporting on our journey, our thoughts, and our progress along the way.