I'm one of those people who likes to say I've tried a lot of things.

I'm one of those people who likes to say I've tried a lot of things.

I think it started with barrel racing and jumping horses. Next it was culinary adventures and a lot of weird food. Pretty soon I bought a motorcycle. Last summer, I jumped out of an airplane. I feel it is necessary to rack up a lot of diverse experiences. Some become lifelong pursuits; others are a great day's memories.

My next semi-extreme pursuit is the Capital City Half Marathon. Plenty of people run these things every year, but I'm more of a 5K or 10K runner. But when a friend told me around Thanksgiving that she had signed up for the May 5 race, I felt a little pull. That weekend, I was talking to my sister and she said she would run it if I would - and now I'm training in the mornings and on weekends to pull it off.

Here's where you come in. German Village Society board of trustees members Norman Hall and Sarah Irvin Clark will be beating the bricks along with me, "Footin' For the Future" of our neighborhood, in the May 5 race. We are running to support the historic preservation and education programs of the German Village Society. What will the next 52 years of the German Village Society look like? We're thinking big and we need your support.

Our neighborhood is a vibrant place to live, work, shop and play. Our sense of character is built on a foundation of community. We see richness in our history, our tradition and our social interactions. We see new generations enjoying our own brand of urban living, created more than 50 years ago by previous generations of trailblazers. Everything you love about German Village is preserved and promoted by the German Village Society, so please help support me and Team Historic German Village.

New projects in 2012 include:

• More workshops and exhibits in the Brent Warner Fest Hall to give neighbors a reason to congregate and learn together.

• Children's classes for our young families with such notable partners as Local Matters, Ballet Met and Spanish for Niņos, as well as our own Actors' Theatre of Columbus and Village Singers.

• Updated tours for adults. We want to tell our amazing preservation story to more people. That means: 1) investing in new research on fresh stories to tell; 2) training additional docents to expertly share our storylines; 3) creating marketing tools to help invite visitors to German Village; and 4) buying advertising to spread the word that this village is a leader in historic preservation and we are ready to welcome you here.

• Updated tours for Ohio's school children that reflect state standards in both social studies and STEM-related topics.

• Director's outreach funds as I seek to network with and influence important city, state and regional leaders, as well as like-minded leaders of affinity groups.

• New oral-history videos that capture the stories of our earliest preservationists while helping us tell our story in the 21st century and beyond.

Matching funds of $2,800 have already been raised. Every dollar you give goes further. Help us unleash those matching donations. You can donate at www.crowdrise.com/GermanVillage/fundraiser/shilohtodorov.

If you are planning to run May 5, we want you for Team Historic German Village. Whether you're running the full half marathon, the quarter marathon or the 5K, you can run with the village and run for the village. Any money you raise will benefit our neighborhood and its programming.

The team also needs artists with talents in illustrating, graphic design, painting and drawing. We need a standout T-shirt design that gets noticed on race day. If you design our T-shirt, you could win four tickets to the 2012 Haus und Garten Tour.

Learn more about joining us or drawing for us at www.germanvillage.com.

Shiloh Todorov is director of the German Village Society.