Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Mom’s Day from Team in Training

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Little Emma ready to cheer on her mom

I know you’ve heard me talk about Team in Training in the past. TNT (not “TIT”) will always hold as special place in my heart. It was through this program that I learned to run and more importantly learned to like to run. I also raised major cash for a great cause and had the experience of a lifetime.

Can you find me?

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The coolest thing about TNT is that they combine smart training with fundraising. It’s a win-win situation for everyone. In exchange for your fundraising, TNT provides you with the coaching and training to get you to the start of your big event be it a half marathon, marathon or triathlon. The training experience is made more meaningful by knowing that you are working to help someone who has leukemia or lymphoma.

My kids will never forget the trip to Phoenix in 2009 to run my first marathon. TNT puts on a pre-race event like none other. We walked into the Hyatt Hotel and you could hear screaming from throughout the building. As we got closer to the convention hall, it was deafening. My family and I walked through a tunnel of TNT staff and volunteers screaming and whistling to show their gratitude for the money we had raised. I still get teary thinking about it.

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It was at that moment that my kids “got” why I had trained so relentlessly for the past 16 weeks. They knew it was amazing that their mom would run 26.2 miles, but they also knew I had raised $4,000 to help someone who was sick.

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Post-race TNT dinner complete with dancing and limbo and wine:

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This week TNT completed a Mother’s Day Tribute video. In it, six moms describe their experiences with blood cancer and TNT. 

With this video TNT hopes to encourage awareness about what they do and to highlight one of their upcoming events, the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco on October 16, 2011. This event is SOLD OUT, but you can still get involved through TNT. Other benefits include:

  • Race registration fee
  • Dynamic, hands-on training from certified coaches
  • Alumni mentors and your own web page for fundraising support
  • Travel, lodging and pre- and post-event activities for an unforgettable weekend in San Francisco
  • Training and social events with your team that build lifelong friendships
  • And now there's TNT Flex, a customized, online training option developed by TNT's renowned coaches.

So if you have any inkling that you might want to run a marathon, here is an affordable, organized way to do it. You will never regret the decision. For more info, go HERE.

If you have questions about anything to do with TNT, drop me an email at shutuprun@gmail.com.

Have you ever had an experience with TNT or would you consider it?

SUAR

29 comments:

  1. I have worked a lot with TNT. They are awesome charity! thanks for sharing this and happy mothers day!

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  2. Running my first marathon with them in 29 days! San Diego Bound!

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  3. I did my first marathon with TNT. It is an amazing organization…truly amazing.

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  4. I haven't had a chance to run with them (yet?), but there were tons of them at the Vancouver Marathon on Sunday. I was so impressed with the coaches attitudes (who knows how far they actually ran), the support crews - lots of "Go Team"s to be heard, and just how happy the runners and walkers seemed to be.

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  5. I've worked with TNT, and after my daughter's diagnosis, I worked with Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. They are a fantastic charity, and have been a great resource for us.

    As someone who's benefitted from LLS, THANK YOU to you, and everyone else who has participated.

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  6. I'm participating in my 3rd season with TNT, starting tomorrow. I'm training to complete the RnR Denver Marathon in October (my 2nd if I finish my first next weekend).

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  7. Love the TNT crew. I have never done it, but I clap for the training groups as I pass them on the local running trail, and donate to my friends who are training with them. Let's find a cure. My mom's still in the fight of her life to beat that nasty disease.

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  8. TNT is really such a great cause! I have done 4 events with them so far and plan on doing another this winter. :) Go TEAM!

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  9. TNT ROCKS!! I'm on my 4th season ~ first was the Portland Marathon in 2006 and this is my 3rd season doing the 1/2 IM with TNT. I have two people in my family with blood cancers so this is a charity very close to my <3
    Great job on getting the word out!!!!!

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  10. I had a great experience with TNT. I have mentored for them after my season (2009 BMO Vancouver Half Marathon), and looking to Mentor for the Nike Women's Marathon!

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  11. That video brought me to tears! I will definitely be looking to get involved with TNT once I am back home in the states next summer. :)

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  12. I just did my 17th event with TNT. I've done 7 century rides, 4 half marys and 6 triathlons. I've probably raised about $100k (they like me).

    Go Team!

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  13. 2 Bostons as a qualified entrant for TNT, this year as a mentor. Love TNT. GO TEAM!!

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  14. I fundraised twice for TNT and mentored a few other seasons. It was an incredible experience. It was with them that I got into endurance running and learned to love it.

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  15. I have been thinking about it - seems like an amazing organization for a great cause. I panic about asking people for money which is weird I guess because I have no hesitation donating to others.

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  16. Michelle, just do it. I felt the same way, but I finally did it (10 years ago) and it changed my life. Not only did we raise money for a good cause, but it motivated me to get running again, and I made extremely close friendships that will last a lifetime.

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  17. I am really hoping to team up with TNT soon! My father-in-law passed away from leukemia last August and it is really a heartbreaking disease. Thank you for donating your time and effort to such an amazing organization :)

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  18. I think it's a great organization. I recently looked into being a volunteer coach, but woo wee, there were alot of hoops to jump through, so wasn't going to work for me.

    No Beth, it's so hard to find you in that picture. Puh-leaze.

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  19. I am a cancer survivor....I would love to be a part of it.

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  20. I'm training for San Diego with TNT, and I did Disney with TNT earlier this year.

    Are you thinking of doing another season?

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  21. I love TNT, too. I trained for my first marathon with them and have nothing but fond memories of running in the purple.

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  22. My entry into running was through TNT as well. Had such a great experience with not only the coaches but the mentors as well. I wish I still spoke regularly to them back in NY and may just contact them now that you posted this.

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  23. Both of my marathons have been with TNT--just finished Big Sur last weekend. It is an experience that is life changing, reminds you of the little things to be thankful for, and gives you friendships for life. I ran 26.2 miles with 4 teammates last weekend and crossed the finish line hand-in-hand with them. It made me realize there is more to running fast. I mentored for Big Sur and hope to Captain Disney in January. I will be a TNTer for life!

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  24. Ran the Nike Women's Half-Marathon last October with TNT after raising $4400 in honor of one of my best friends who had a blood cancer. It was an incredible experience, and I would recommend it to anyone. Go Team!

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  25. I love TNT... Hence the profile name. Most of my events are with this organization since 2009 when my niece was diagnosed with LLS. I have yet to do NIKE with TNT, but I am set to complete my second Nation's TRI with them this Sept 11. Also a sold out event, but you can get in with TNT!!! Hope to meet some of you out there!

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  26. What a great video. I lost a dear friend to leukemia last month and that hit home - hard.

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