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37 Posts authored by: lazzaric

Team In Training is gearing up to bring you another amazing round of events.  What better way to warm up in those cold winter months than with a trip to a beautiful destination and an amazing race?  Where would you like to go?




Savannah, GA


Taste the flavor of sweet Southern charm at the inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon & 1/2 Marathon on November 5th! Experience the intrigue and ambiance of the city while running to the beat of rock, country, jazz and blues. Find your Southern drawl and rock out in Savannah!  And, the party doesn't end at the Finish Line - enjoy the free Post Race Concert to celebrate with friends and family. Carve out a few extra days to relax and enjoy the Southern allure of Savannah!


St. Petersburg, FL


Women's Running Magazine Women's Half Marathon is a gorgeous fast, flat course snakes along the scenic waterfront, through quaint communities, past historic buildings and museums. Grab your girlfriends, mother, daughter or running and walking partners for a special weekend of fun and memories. See for yourself why everyone is raving about The Women's Half Marathon - St. Petersburg!


Honolulu, HI

The Honolulu Marathon takes place on a small, tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and is among the 10 largest marathon races in the world. The race follows the magnificent Pacific coastline including the world famous Waikiki Beach. Before reaching Kapiolani Park, the state's first public park, runners pass a few famous Hawaiian landmarks such as Iolani Palace - the only royal palace in the US - the statue of surfing hero Duke Kahanamoku on surfing heaven Waikiki Beach and Kawaiahao Church, built with coral blocks from nearby reefs. Come check out this amazing runner and walker friendly event in the capital city of Hawaii.


Miami Beach, FL


Soak in the savory flair of Miami Beach at the Inaugural Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach 1/2 Marathon on December 11, 2011! With enviable December weather and picturesque oceanfront views, this course is infused with a mix of live Latin music coupled with the sizzle and panache of Miami Beach.  Find your pace while moving to the beat of live bands stationed at each mile making for a 13.1 mile block party. Celebrate with friends and family at the free Post Race Concert and spend a few extra days to experience the exciting mix of Miami Beach!


    Orlando, FL


    The family-friendly 2012 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is a weekend of races that are as magical as they are memorable. Every mile is filled with Disney fun. Saturday morning the 13.1 mile course of the Walt Disney World Half Marathon takes you to the Magic Kingdom® Park and then to an exhilarating finish in Epcot®, this race is perfect if you are a first timer or a veteran.  The marathon course on Sunday takes you through all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks starting at Epcot, continuing on to the Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Disney's Hollywood StudiosTM and then back to Epcot for an exhilarating finish.




      Phoenix, AZ


      The P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon courses are as flat and fast as they come - perfect for runners and walkers of all ability levels.! The race start line is at Wesley Bolin Memorial Park in downtown Phoenix, with both races merging for one spectacular finish in downtown Tempe. You can expect to catch a glimpse of Arizona's best along your way to the fabulous post-race party at the finish line!



        Miami, FL

        South Florida plays host to an amazing race - ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. More than 21,000 people will hit the streets of the magic city. Participants get to experience the best scenic tour that Miami has to offer. They will start in downtown Miami, run over causeways, into the heart of the illustrious South Beach, through the canopy streets of Coconut Grove and end at Bayfront Park for their post race festival. The marathon and half marathon share the same course for 12.8 miles.



          Anaheim, CA


          Disneyland® Resort becomes Never Land for a magical weekend especially for Fairies and Princesses. Sassy, feisty, and fun loving, Tinker Bell is the fairy we all know and love! Celebrate your inner Miss Bell at the new half marathon for women - The Tinker Bell Half Marathon, full of pixie dust and Never, Never Land adventure. This 13.1-mile run that weaves you through Disneyland Resort and historic streets of Anaheim, California on your way to a Fairy Finish where you will earn your "wings". Each finisher will receive an exclusive Tinker Bell-inspired Finisher Medal. Just follow the second star to the right.


          Tucson, AZ


          The University Medical Center 29th El Tour de Tucson starts and finishes at Granada, south of Congress in downtown Tucson, with cyclists touring the scenic perimeter of the city. The most unique feature of El Tour is its two river crossings. At two points along the route, cyclists must cross a "wash," which may or may not have water in it. Cyclists generally dismount and push, drag or carry their bicycles across the sand/rocks/mud. Bridges are built especially for the day if the water is flowing. This ride is 109 miles. In addition, there are also 81, 66 and 35-mile routes.


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          Joe Close-in for Bio.jpgJoe English is the head marathon coach for TNT Flex and has trained more than a thousand people directly. Now that he’s overseeing our online program, we wanted share his perspective on the unique attributes TNT Flex provides. Here’s our quick Q & A with Joe on TNT Flex:

          Lets start with how you came to be involved with the Team In Training program, Joe – did you know someone who was diagnosed with a blood cancer?

          This is an interesting question in that I would have said I didn't have a connection until I recently remembered that one of my idols growing up -- a professional triathlete who was a friend of the family -- died of Leukemia in his early twenties. I was very young and had probably blocked this out somehow, but he had a great impact on me. It was mostly because of him that I took triathlon and running so seriously and it was a big loss when he left us. Another close friend in my twenties was diagnosed with Leukemia and has since gone on to be a Patient Honoree. Again, I think I blocked out the fact that she was sick, although I was one of the few people from our company that visited her in the hospital at UCLA. Leukemia and Lymphoma are close to all of us. Closer than we'd like to think.

          How has the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Team In Training program itself, influenced your coaching?

          I have completely revamped my coaching as a result of working with TNT athletes. For one thing, since we work with so many people that are just trying to finish their first race, I've moved away from some of the tools that drive most coaching programs, such as heart rate monitoring and pace analysis. Our role is much more geared as balance to teaching the participants, giving them a fun a experience, helping them finish and making sure they stay healthy along the way. It's a huge reward to watch our participants grow as they come back to us over the seasons from their first half-marathon or marathon to go on to a triathlon and maybe even an Ironman distance triathlon or ultra.

          You’ve been coaching a long time,  tell us about the unique benefit that TNT Flex offers people who are interested in training for a marathon or half marathon?

          Flex is a great option for people that are self-motivated and independent. Flex doesn't generally offer participants the group settings of our chapters, but we make up for this with an emphasis on education. We've developed about 20 training modules that include videos and articles to help the participants learn in as much depth as they care to explore. Our participants go into their first race knowing more than about 95% of first time marathon runners. That's a great confidence booster on race day -- although they often only learn this out on the course and when they finally cross that finish-line.

          One key difference in the TNT Flex program is that people get to know each other virtually prior to meeting in person.  That must make the event weekend even more exciting.

          This is true. Event weekend is a little bit more like going to summer camp as a kid. Our participants may only know names and faces when they meet for the first time. But by the end of the weekend, these folks are just as connected as people that have trained together in person. It's really fun to watch. It's cool to see how close the roommates get -- they don't want to leave each other during the weekend. It's very sweet and fun at the same time.

          What advice would you give to someone who’s training for a marathon for the first time through TNT Flex, but may not be all that tech savvy?

          Tech savvy isn't really required. All the participants need is a will to complete the program and a desire to keep going when things get tough. There will be bumps along the road, but they just need to reach out to their coaches and mentors for help. The technology is al an enabler of the training. As long as they put one foot in front of the other, they can do this thing!

          Share your favorite TNT Flex story with us?

          There have been so many teams and so many people that it is hard to pick. But one that pops to mind was the group The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans that went through Flex together for the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon. It was like 20 moms who had met each other on-line and then went through Flex together. They were one rowdy bunch and they all finished and then were crazy at the Victory Celebration. I also trained a group of six sisters through Flex recently. They all joined the kick-off call from different parts of the country -- even their mom was on the call. It was pretty awesome and funny. I love all of my teams, but I admit that every one is different and has its own unique character.

          Thanks for sharing your insights, Joe – and for all you do to TNT Flex the exciting, interactive program it is!

          For more about TNT Flex, see:

          What inspires you?

          Posted by lazzaric May 3, 2011

          Determined.  That’s the first word that comes to mind when describing a Team In Training participant.  You're committing your time, your dedication, and your fundraising efforts.  You're promising to put your body through more rainy workouts than you ever imagined.  You're dedicating months to early morning runs or rides, and you're vowing to complete a seriously extensive endurance event.  There's no doubt that you're amazing... but what is your inspiration?  What makes YOU get out of bed to meet your team for a cold uphill run? Leave a comment, or tell us on Facebook.


          Susan Lancaster never considered herself a runner.  But, one day, over twenty years ago, her two year old son was diagnosed with leukemia.  Since that moment, she has been a runner.  She's been a Team In Training participant and coach.  And her (now adult) son remains her inspiration.  Take a look at this special report from FOX.


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          The Nike Women's Marathon Benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is now SOLD OUT to the public.  You're only way in is through Team In Training.


          Join us for this show-stopping event.  You won't want to miss it!


          Spend the whole weekend before the event at the Nike Women's Marathon Expotique - a truly unique expo experience where you'll be pampered at various stations.  Plus, get tons of freebies and meet your teammates from across the country.  Gear up at our pep rally and Inspiration Dinner, where you'll hear from TNT honored heros and participants.


          And, on the morning of the Nike Women's Marathon, get to the start line bright and early to join the sea of purple Team In Training participants at San Francisco's Union Square. Travel all around the beautiful city.  Run up and down it's infamous hills and race past the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Fisherman's Wharf.


          Then, just when you worn down at that last leg, cross the finish line and you'll be greeted by the men of the San Francisco Fire Department.  Dressed in tuxedos, the SFFD will welcome and congratulate you, as they give each finisher a special limited edition Nike Women's Marathon Tiffany necklace!


          It's the weekend of your dreams!  Join Team In Training to be part of the Nike Women's Marathon this fall!



          It's no wonder the Nation's Triathlon has sold out to the public.  The one-of-a-kind route takes you past the world famous monuments of Washington, DC.  In it's fourth year, the Nation's Tri is a fast event designed for anyone with true athletic spirit - from seasoned veterans to first-time triathletes.


          Join Team In Training to work with a team and expert coaches who will give you the training you need to run, bike and swim your way to victory.


          What better way to experience the Nation's capital than with Team In Training and The Nation’s Triathlon to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?  Since th event began, together we’ve raised more than $8.4 million to help find new and better cancer treatments.


          Join Team In Training today!



          Each year, the Dodge Rock 'N' Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 draws in thousands of walkers and runners from across the globe.  The June 5th event is now SOLD OUT.  But, you're in luck -- Team In Training has race spots saved for its participants. Sign up with Team In Training to not only guarantee your spot, but get top of the line training from expert coaches, guidance and support from mentors and a family of teammates all striving toward the same goal -- beating cancer.


          Sign up today to experience the most empowering months of your life as you train for a marathon.  All of your hard work will pay off, when you arrive in San Diego for an incredible weekend culminating in a 13.1 or 26.2 mile race.  You'll be pumped up at each mile marker as 26 live bands greet you and send you on your way to the next leg of the race.


          JoinTeam In Training!

          We all know about the incredible training, coaching and team experiences offered with Team In Training.  But what you might not know about are all of the AMAZING destinations Team In Training can take you.  Registration for events this fall is now open.  This season does not disappoint.  Travel to these stunning locations to participate in our events:


          Marathons & Half Marathons



          Kauai, HI

          Kauai Marathon - September 4, 2011


          • Marathon and half marathon options
          • Begin in Poipu, the world-class resort community
          • Follow the contour of the scenic coastline
          • Magnificent views of the island's picturesque beaches, rugged volcanic peaks, and green tropical rain forests
          • Learn More!









          Disneyland, CA

          Disneyland® Half Marathon - September 4, 2011


          • This event is SOLD OUT to the public, but Team In Training has your spot reserved.
          • 13.1-mile course that winds through Anaheim, California and the Disneyland Resort
          • Run through Sleeping Beauty Castle
          • Discover the treasures that lie in Disney California AdventureTM Park
          • This race is available through TNT and TNT Flex - Learn More!

          Walt Disney World, FL

          Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend - October 1, 2011


          • Held in conjunctions with the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival
          • Run through the Disney Parks - at night!
          • Enjoy world-class Disney entertainment along the way
          • You’ll be invited to a private Epcot afterparty and receive an exclusive finisher medal!
          • Learn More!

          Chicago, IL

          Bank of America Chicago Marathon® - October 9, 2011


            • This event is SOLD OUT to the public, but Team In Training has your spot reserved.
            • The pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike
            • Join runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries
            • Check out the amazing Expo, over a million spectators, bands along the route
            • This race is available through TNT and TNT Flex - Learn More!

              San Francisco, CA

              Nike Women's Marathon - October 16, 2011


              • The Nike Women's Marathon isn’t just for women!
              • Race through some of the most breathtaking sites in San Francisco
              • Run through downtown Union Square, the financial district, the Transamerica Pyramid building, along San Francisco Bay, past Fisherman's Warf, Ghirardelli Square, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason and through Golden Gate Park
              • Learn More!



                Washington, DC

                Marine Corps Marathon - October 30, 2011


                • This event is SOLD OUT to the public, but Team In Training has your spot reserved.
                • Otherwise known as the Marathon of the Monuments
                • Runners pass many of the nation's most prominent sites, including the Pentagon, Kennedy Center, the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol, the Smithsonian Institution and the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials
                • Learn More!



                  Dublin, Ireland

                  Dublin Marathon - October 31, 2011


                  • Though founded by the Vikings, Dublin is now a vibrant, dynamic city, which is only an hour by air from most U.K. and European cities.
                  • Run through the historic Georgian streets of Dublin
                  • Join10,000 runners – more than half of whom will be made up of overseas runners
                  • This race is available through TNT and TNT Flex - Learn More!



                    Savannah, GA

                    Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon & 1/2 Marathon - November 5, 2011


                    • Taste the flavor of sweet Southern charm at the inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
                    • Experience the intrigue and ambiance of the city while running to the beat of rock, country, jazz and blues
                    • Enjoy the free Post Race Concert to celebrate with friends and family
                    • Carve out a few extra days to relax and enjoy the Southern allure of Savannah!
                    • This race is available through TNT and TNT Flex - Learn More!


                    Century Bike Rides



                    Honolulu, HI
                    Honolulu Century Ride - September 25, 2011


                    • Joing Hawaii's oldest and largest cycling event
                    • The family-friendly ride begins and ends at Kapi'olani Park
                    • Choose your route of 20, 25, 40, 50, 75 and 100 miles
                    • Cycle through beautiful scenic portions of East Honolulu and the Windward Coast.
                    • Learn More!

                    Maryland Eastern Shore

                    Sea Gull Century - October 15, 2011


                    • Scenic rest areas that provide welcome breaks
                    • University of Maryland Eastern Shore (63-milers only) in historic Princess Anne
                    • Milburn Landing in the heart of the Pocomoke State Forest on the Atlantic Coast"s Assateague Island (100-milers only)
                    • Adkins Mill Park has a freshwater pond lined with cedar and cypress
                    • Learn More!

                    Moab's Canyon Country

                    Moab Century Tour  September 17, 2011


                    • This route rises from the sculptured canyons of the mighty Colorado River into the La Sal Mountains
                    • End by descending back into the red rock canyons
                    • Capture the awe of the grand scale of this magical place
                    • Learn More!

                    Tuscon, AZ

                    University Medical Center 29th El Tour de Tucson - November 19, 2011


                    • The ride starts and finishes at Granada, south of Congress in downtown Tucson
                    • Tour the scenic perimeter of the city
                    • The most unique feature of El Tour is its two river crossings.
                    • This ride is 109 miles. In addition, there are also 81, 66 and 35-mile routes
                    • Learn More!





                    Pacific Grove, CA

                    The Triathlon at Pacific Grove - September 10, 2011


                    • The race follows a beautiful course along the Pacific Grove coast between Pebble Beach and Monterey,
                    • Pass by Cannery Row and the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium
                    • Learn More!

                    Washington, DC

                    The Nation's Triathlon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - September 12, 2011


                    • The course winds through the capital's monument corridor in the shadow of some of the best known memorials and national treasures.
                    • Olympic-distance triathlon, sanctioned by the USAT
                    • 1.5K swim in the Potomac River, a 40K bike course and a 10K run
                    • This race is available through TNT and TNT Flex - Learn More!


                    Hike Adventure


                    Zion National Park

                    Zion Hike - October 29, 2011

                    • Massive canyon walls ascend toward a brilliant blue sky
                    • Walk among the towering cliffs
                    • Challenge your courage in a small narrow canyon
                    • These unique sandstone cliffs range in color from cream, to pink, to red.  They could be described as sand castles crowning desert canyons.
                    • Learn More!

                    Registration for the highly popular Disneyland® Half Marathon has sold out.  Luckily, you can still join this magical experience with Team In Training - we have reserved a spot just for you!


                    Sign up with us and get the training you need to be ready for the race on September 4th! TNT will cover you race entry, travel, training and hotel stay!  Join now!


                    The Disneyland® Half Marathon is a 13.1-mile journey through the Happiest Place on Earth! Race through Disneyland® Park, Disney California Adventure™ Park and the streets of Anaheim.


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                    Congratulations to Lisa Strom!


                    The Team In Training Just Go For It Video Contest has come to a close.  With nearly fifty video entries and 14,000 votes, our first ever TNT video contest was a huge success! The race was close, but our break-through winner was none other than TNT participant, Lisa Strom!  With almost 2500 votes, her video Just Go For It 2011 helped her win the $500 Nike gift card grand prize!


                    As thLisa1.gife winner, we've asked Lisa to share her inspiration to join - and re-join - Team In Training.


                    My husband Travis and I relocated from Wisconsin to Northern California for his job back in 2009, shortly after we were married. A huge move coupled with starting a new life together presented many new adventures. We have always been active individuals, so when the opportunity to join Team In Training arised, it was a simple choice. Our main reason in joining was to show our support for our close friend Tony who is currently fighting Lymphoma. We now run for Tony and all the other individuals battling blood cancers.      Team in Training gave us the tools we needed to reach our goals both mentally and physically. Not only did we make some great friends along the way, we met individuals who are truly an inspiration to us.


                    Living life while helping to save lives, is something I truly believe in. What many don't know about me, and now do, is that I suffer from a "seizure disorder." Sometimes I have the fear of having an episode occur when I'm running, but having the support from my fellow TNT'ers and Travis has helped me realize that "I can do this," and I do it for those who can't.


                    I am truly thankful for the TNT San Fransico Bay Area Chapter and the Diablo Valley Run Team. This summer I am planning to train for either the Kauai or Nike Women's half marathon. Right now, we're working on helping the spring team by attending events and gathering donations for fellow runners. In the future, I would also like to do a TNT hike adventure!


                    Go Team!


                    - Lisa


                    Well said, Lisa!  Thanks to everyone who participated in the Just Go For It Video Contest! Here are the standings for the top five contestants:


                    Winner: Just Go For It 2011 by Lisa Strom (2364 Votes)

                    2nd Place: TNT Is DYNAMITE! by Pamela Kaupinen (2281 Votes)

                    3rd Place: Because YOU Can! by Tam Driscoll (2107 Votes)

                    4th Place: TnT: Just Go For It - 2011 by John Whitaker (1424 Votes)

                    5th Place: Just Go For It - TNT by Adam Webster (673 Votes)

                    Enter the "Just Go For It" Video Contest.  Submit a 15 second video telling others why they should just go for it with TNT!



                    What are you planning this summer?  How about a physical challenge?  How about an endurance event with Team In Training?  We've just announced the list of stellar events we'll be training for:

                    Marathons & Half Marathons:


                    Dodge Rock 'n' Roll San Diego® Marathon & 1/2 Marathon to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®  June 05, 2011
                    San Diego, known for its scenic coastline and laid-back lifestyle, has so much to offer participants both on and off the course! The thoughtfully designed walker and runner friendly route will run past a variety of signature attractions in San Diego.  It's a 39.3-mile street party as 55 live bands perform on 30 stages along the two routes, playing every genre of music, from country to alternative to good old fashioned rock 'n' roll. Spirit squads and themed water stations add to the festivities, with a finish line celebration and headliner concert capping off an action-packed weekend. Tell Me More!


                    Mayor's Marathon and Half Marathon  June 18, 2011
                    The Mayor's Marathon and Half Marathon is a walker
                    friendly, 8 1/2-hour course that travels through beautiful Anchorage, AK.  The marathon event is 26.2 miles in length,  traveling through the eastern foothills and across Anchorage. Scenic city bike trails, gravel, rocky and paved roadways make up this gently rolling to extended downhill course. The race is sanctioned by USA Track and Field and is recognized by the Boston Marathon as a qualifying event. Tell Me More!



                    South Maui Triathlon  June 12, 2011
                    The 2nd Annual South Maui Triathlon at Wailea will take place on the island of Maui in beautiful Wailea on Sunday, June 12, 2010. This very safe and beautiful Olympic Distance triathlon course is great for spectator viewing. The transition area will be housed on the beautiful Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa Luau grounds. If this is your first triathlon or your 5th, this amazing event is one you don't want to miss.  Tell Me More!


                    Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon  June 26, 2011
                    The Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon's exciting course will travel through some of the most historic and picturesque sections of the city. The start/finish and transition areas are located just off of West River Drive, near the base of Black Road. It's a beautiful part of Fairmount Park, complete with statues, trees and grassy fields. Tell Me More!


                    Century Bike Ride:

                    America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride  June 05, 2011
                    The name doesn't lie!  America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride circumnavigates the highways clockwise around Lake Tahoe in Nevada and California. The event features breathtaking views. With challenging climbs and short rolling ascents and descents, this ride is a must-do for all cyclists. Picturesque rest stops and ample support will greet riders as they navigate around Lake Tahoe. Tell Me More!

                    Hike Adventures:


                    Hike Grand Canyon  May 21 & 23, 2011
                    The Grand Canyon is more than a great chasm carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau. It is more than an awe-inspiring view. It is more than a pleasuring ground for those who explore the roads, seek great views or venture into the canyon. Starting at 7,000 feet above sea level, the Grand Canyon offers hikes for everyone - from rolling rim hikes to challenging hikes into the canyon, there truly is something for everyone at the Grand Canyon. Tell Me More!

                    Hike Grand Adventure, Havasupai Falls  June 2-6, 2011
                    On this challenge you descend into one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, into the heart of the Grand Canyon at Havasu Canyon, where we will hike and explore this incredible landscape, crossing travertine pools of turquoise blue water, spending evenings at a permanent camp searching for stars, having hearty meals and conversation about the day's challenge. Some say you haven't lived until you've taken a journey through Grand Canyon. This 3 day/2 night camping adventure takes you through the heart of the canyon and will leave you with a sense of accomplishment, awe and a true appreciation and love of the grandest place on earth. Tell Me More!

                    Hike Yosemite  June 18, 2011
                    Yosemite is not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. Tell Me More!


                    We're a couple of Single Moms with a passion  for Success. We are ready to embark on an incredible adventure to show  other Single Moms you can grab life by the horns and charge on.


                    That's how Melanie Ellis and Kristen Previtera describe themselves.  These two inspiring ladies are taking on an unbelievable challenge to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma  Society.   The two form the team "SuperMoms" and are finalists in Ford's search  for teams to compete in an upcoming web series by the creators of The  Amazing Race, Focus Rally: America. Driving a new Ford Focus, the team, has the chance to compete for five weeks against four other teams to  leverage their social network to complete a variety of challenges along the  route. The winning team will receive a $100,000 prize, and each drive away in a 2012 Ford Focus.


                    Melanie's currently training for her first Team In Training event, The Walt Disney World Half Marathon® Half Marathon to honor both of her parents and her uncle, all of whom are  battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia.


                    "Unfortunately the majority of my family members have suffered  from some sort of cancer or another. I joined TNT instead of sitting around  crying, I wanted to be proactive," Melanie told us. She is 100% dedicated to  eradicating cancer, and has vowed to donated $25,000 (half of her prize  money) to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


                    Her teammate, Kris, is a single mom, like  Melanie.  Kris is a former police officer, and is currently a  triathlete and ironman competitor.


                    The two are utilizing this opportunity to raise awareness, while proving that single moms can overcome adversity and accomplish things many would think unimaginable.


                    Now,  it's our turn to make sure these SuperMoms make it to the finish line.   Casting is largely based on social following.  So, friend them, fan them and follow them!   Bonus!  The top ten people who help SuperMoms along the way will  be awarded with a new 2012 Ford Focus!




                    Congratulations to Leah Thorvilson of Little Rock, Ark., a Team In Training member, and winner of Sunday’s Nike Women’s Marathon to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!  As an elite racer who has won several marathons, Leah could have had her pick of training programs but she chose to train with TNT because of the great coaching, camaraderie of the team, and the LLS mission.  Leah has a strong connection to the LLS mission: She trained and ran to honor her former collegiate track and cross country coach, Kirk Elias, a survivor of Hodgkin lymphoma, who was cheering her on at the finish line.


                    "He has been an inspiration in my life in so many ways, it is amazing to be able to give something back to him beyond a simple thank you,” says Leah. Leah was among 5,000 TNT participants at the race, who together raised $13 million. In this, the seventh year of the race, TNT participants at the Nike Women’s Marathon have surpassed the $105 million mark in funds raised to help find a cure. Leah was featured in this San Francisco Chronicle story about the race:

                    Every year, Team In Training takes thousands of people to destinations near and far to experience the best marathons, races, hikes, triathlons and century bike rides that this world has to offer. In addition to receiving exceptional personalized training from world-class coaches, our participants experience some of the most beautiful cities on earth.


                    Right now, we're looking past winter and are searching for people who want to join us for an event in the springtime.

                    We've got an impressive list of world-class events, and exciting destinations on deck for the coming summer season - here are some of the marathons and half marathons we'll be running:


                    Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend - February 27, 2011
                    Mirror, mirror, reveal the one. Show me the Princess who has the strength to run. Join your fellow princesses in a royal quest that will take you through 13.1 miles of the Walt Disney World Resort.


                    Honda LA Marathon - March 20, 2011
                    Starting at Dodger Stadium and then running through West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Center, and finishing in Santa Monica, many believe this will quickly become a classic route in the world of marathoning.


                    Marathon de Paris, Paris Marathon - April 10, 2011
                    Throughout the marathon runners get a good view of the magnificent city and some of its famous sights. The course begins in front of the Triumphal Arch and continues down the broad Champs Elysées. The route passes through two Parisian woods and past fabulous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and Place de la Bastille.


                    Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon - April 30, 2011
                    Run through Nashville's most scenic sights. Fifty live bands on 28 entertainment stages and hundreds of high school cheerleaders will entertain runners, walkers and thousands of spectators... Country, rock, jazz, blues, swing and more will pulsate every mile on the course.


                    BMO Vancouver Marathon - May 1, 2011
                    Canada's largest marathon takes place in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. The mostly flat, paved course passes through historic Gastown, Stanley Park, the Burrard Street Bridge, beaches and beautiful homes of Kitsilano neighborhood before crossing the finish line at the Plaza of Nations.


                    Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Experience an incredible city, an enthusiastic crowd, and achieve a personal goal - all while helping to fight cancer.


                    If you're ready for a challenge, want some one-on-one training, and are ready for the best run or walk or your life, Team In Training is looking for you.


                    In addition to these exciting marathons, we are training for some incredible triathlons, hikes and century bike rides.


                    Take on the challenge of swimming, cycling, and running an Olympic-distance triathlon when you train for the Avia Wildflower Olympic Distance Triathlon, St. Anthony's Triathlon in Tampa Bay, or the Lavaman Triathlon on the island of Kona in Hawaii.


                    Century Bike Rides
                    Hop on your bike, and join our training cycling program, which offers the opportunity to take on the challenge of 100 miles! We're getting ready for America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride around Lake Tahoe!


                    Hike Adventures
                    Whether you're a seasoned hiker or someone who just enjoys a good walk, there is a hike program for your ability and level of fitness.  We've got two amazing opportunities to hike the Grand Canyon. Join Hike Grand Canyon or the Hike Grand Adventure, Havasupai Falls!


                    Sign up now

                    Remember playing on your high school team?  The night before the big game, your teammates got together and had a party centered around carb-loading with giant plates of spaghetti.  While the immediate overload put you into a vegetative state, the point was to sleep well and be fully re-charged with carb-boosting energy for game day.  And it worked - mostly.


                    The basic principles remain the same, but there's so much more to know about properly nursing your body during training seasons and events that take a toll on your body - especially for all of you marathoners, triathletes and distance cyclers.


                    Leaders in sports nutrition and Team In Training National Supporting Sponsor, PowerBar, has developed a Sports Nutrition Guide to help us keep our bodies moving at the speed of (and sometimes faster than) our minds.  The guide is broken into three sections focusing on the nutrients our bodies require before, during and after training for an endurance event.


                    For more information from our friends at PowerBar, check out


                    Whether you're training or not, it's important to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.  The food we eat literally builds, repairs and maintains our bodies.  As much as we hate to admit it, cheese cake doesn't help in that process.  It's a good idea to consult a nutritionist to be sure you're body is getting what it needs.  Many Team In Training teams offer lessons on proper nutrition and hydration as well.  When in doubt, talk to your coach.  Most importantly, listen to your body.  It knows what it needs.  Need a salty snack?  Try a sports drink with sodium instead.  If you're thirsty, drink.  If you're craving bread, eat some carbs.  If you feel like you can't live another minute without a steak, you probably need protein.  Pay attention and you'll be amazed to learn what your body is saying.


                    Additional nutrition information can be found:


                    •  Personalized eating plans and interactive tool to help you plan and assess your food choices based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
                    •    Health Canada: Canada's food guide with nutrition information


                    Also, see what the Team In Training National Advisory Coaches have to share: Team In Training -- World Class Coaching Sets Us Apart


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