A few months ago I told you about how my wife was training to run a marathon. She is running with the Team in Training group, which is a fundraising effort of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It’s an incredible fundraising machine… since 1988 it has helped over 300,000 people do amazing endurance feats like running marathons, while raising over $700 million for leukemia and lymphoma research. In my original post I mentioned how impressed I was with the TNT organization; every detail is planned out to perfection.
Today she is running the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. 20,000 participants of which about 3,000 are with Team in Training, raising over $427,000 per mile. My wife blew past her goal, but at last night’s TNT Pasta Party they presented an award for the top fundraiser… a gal from Utah that raised over $50,000. Incredible. I would like to thank the various visitors to this blog that also contributed, including our lean blogger friend Kathleen Fasanella at Fashion Incubator. Kathleen has also run a marathon with Team in Training. In addition to my wife’s dad who passed away last year, we have come to know several people with blood and other cancers, and the names of those people are written on her jersey.
I continue to be very impressed with the Team in Training organization, and would encourage anyone who would like to attempt an endurance event while also giving back to the world to check them out. The training programs, coaching, transportation, parties, camaraderie, support, logistics, and good karma are incredible. Many of you who are involved with non-profit volunteer-run organizations might want to participate in one of their events simply to learn some pointers on how to plan and execute major events flawlessly… at least from the viewpoint of the customer.
Now I better get myself down to the finish line before she gets there…