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Crossing the Finish Line With Team In Training

This is a sponsored post for The Motherhood, in conjunction with Team In Training and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  While talking points were suggested, all material and thoughts are my own.

Did you know doing something as easy as walking, biking or running can help save lives?

With Team in Training (TNT), it can.

This  year, TNT is celebrating 25 years of being the leading charity sports training endurance program.  To date, TNT has trained over 570,000 people and raised over $875 million (yes, $875,000,000) for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).  The funds raised go towards researching lifesaving therapies for patients with blood cancers.  About half of all blood cancer patients lose their battles with these diseases.  This is unacceptable.  LLS wants to change this statistic and you can help.  In exchange for your fundraising efforts, TNT provides members with personalized training plans, fundraising support, and entries into events.

I know.  Many of you are thinking to yourselves, “Ashley, I love you and all, but I’ve never run/swam/biked before.  I’d love to help, but I’m not a runner.”

You know what?  I wasn’t a runner once, either.  You know what got me into running?  Charity.  I set my mind on raising money for a cause close to my heart.  I was going to work hard for every dollar donated to my account.  And that’s what I did.  I found a training plan online, got fitted for good running shoes, and went to work.   All I could think about was, if I raised this money and completed this race, maybe someday someone else wouldn’t have to feel the pain of losing someone they love to cancer.

Crossing a finish line at a race is one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve ever felt.  All of the hard work, training, hours spent on the pavement, the pain…it’s all worth it to cross over that finish line, and when you’ve not only finished a race, but helped support research that can save lives?  Well, it just doesn’t get any better than that.  I cried for a long time after that race: tears of joy and tears of pain.

Now, don’t get me wrong- I didn’t break any world records at that race.  I ran a 48 minute 5k.  But this isn’t about breaking records or being the fastest runner in your age group.  It’s about having a purpose, setting a goal, and getting across that finish line.  It’s about being a part of something bigger than yourself.  It’s about making a difference.  

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TNT doesn’t expect you to get to that finish line on your own, either.  They provide certified coaches and training plans to help you reach your own finish line.  You’ll also have the support of your local TNT group members and thousands of TNT members online.  And with over 200 nationally accredited endurance events nationwide (and even abroad), you’re sure to find an event that suits your needs. Don’t have a local TNT group in your area or need to have more flexibility in your training?  Check out TNT Flex, an online-only training and support program.

And not only does TNT provide endurance sports coaches, but they’ll also pair you with a fundraising mentor who will encourage and guide you through your fundraising efforts.  Fundraising can be intimidating, and TNT’s mentors will help you think outside the box to come up with creative and effective ways to reach your goal.

Did I happen to mention you can chose to run in almost every runDisney distance event through TNT?  Oh, yes.  Want to run in a sold out runDisney race like the Wine & Dine Half Marathon?  Want an even better excuse to head to Princess Half Marathon Weekend with your girlfriends?  TNT can get you there.  I can’t think of anything more magical than running a runDisney race and knowing with every pixie-dusted step you take towards the finish line, you’re helping to fund research that saves lives.

In fact, yours truly is considering joining Team in Training for Princess or Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend has joined TNT and will be running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland as a TNT member!!  

Team in Training and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society want you to get in the team spirit.  They’re providing this awesome gift bag to one of my readers.  It’s the perfect way to get into the TNT spirit and I hope it inspires you to learn more about TNT and sign up for a race!

LLS Swag Bag

All you need to do is leave a comment answer this question: Have you ever crossed a finish line for charity? ends 7/15/2013. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary.

I can’t wait to hear your stories of crossing your finish line and I hope to see lots of you wearing TNT purple very soon!

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  • tehamy July 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Almost every race that I’ve participated in is for charity. I’ve run in races that benefit Epilepsy, Melanoma, Habitat for Humanity, Mario Lemieux Foundation, church retreat projects. . .you name it, I’ve run in it! I really love running in races that benefit charities. I get to do something that I love and at the same time give my support to wonderful organizations.

  • Carolyn July 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I just ran with TNT last month in the Fairfield Half Marathon! Then did my first 5K with them last year. I felt very empowered by them, now I’m a TNT mentor in CT! Would absolutely love the prize package so much!!!!!!!!!

  • Trinity July 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I did the Phillies Charities 5k in March & since then, I’ve not done anything. I think doing a race for something more personal to me might give me a kick in the butt to do more/better/etc. I just haven’t found any races that benefit Moyamoya research. 😉

  • Jessica July 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    No, I haven’t but that is one of my goals!

  • Nicole July 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I am currently training for my 3rd & 4th event with TNT! If you have ever wanted to scratch off an endurance event off your bucket list or just belong to a training group – it is the BEST group to train with. I do not have a connection to blood cancer but hearing the stories of my 7 teammate survivors – 2 of whom are alive only because of the funding LLS provided to create Gleevac is such an inspiration! GO TEAM!!

  • Tim McBride July 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I am a TNT Alumni and will stop when a cure is found

  • Kristen @ The Smith Summary July 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I haven’t yet but I am running the St. Jude Marathon in December as a St. Jude hero and I cannot wait!

  • Mandy July 8, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I haven’t yet.I’ve been looking into team in training, i’m just afraid I wouldn’t be able to make the donation mark!

  • Sheena July 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I’ve spent 3 amazing seasons with Team in Training, 2 as a participant and my final season as a mentor, before moving away from San Diego. I miss my team every day! Those are bonds you just can’t break!

  • Sarah @ Sweet Miles July 8, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I’ve never done any type of fundraising before! I would also be worried I couldn’t meet my fundraising mark! But if it was super close to my heart I’m sure it would make things easier 🙂 New reader here!

  • Kylea July 9, 2013 at 1:16 am

    I’ve never officially run for a charity, but it’s usually the deciding factor in choosing which 5K when there are several on the same day.

  • Carrie h July 9, 2013 at 2:29 am

    I have not but TNT is on my bucket list

  • Amanda C. July 9, 2013 at 3:48 am

    I have not crossed the finish line yet for charity but I am strongly considering joining TNT to do so. 🙂

  • JILL @MRScrashmattb July 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I have accepted runDisney’s Dopey Challenge as a St Jude Hero. This will be my first race I am running for charity. http://heroes.stjude.org/jillbarnes

  • Mer July 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I haven’t ran with a team yet but it’s my plan to do so. I raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand so I would like to join Team Lemon at some point. I also have a friend who recently lost her husband to Leukemia so we are planning to TNT together at the Nike DC half.

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  • Laurel C July 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I’ve wanted to run a race in the name of Team in Training for a long time!

  • Lisa W July 12, 2013 at 12:28 am

    I don’t remember when my first charity race was, but 2001 was my first TNT event. Currently in training with TNT to RUN my 1st full marathon! Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco 10/20/13 GO TEAM!!

  • Karen July 12, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I am endurance athlete because of TNT! I am RELENTLESS for a cure as my son is survivor.

  • Samantha Remington July 13, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Not yet, but I plan to someday!

  • Gina H. July 13, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I haven’t crossed a finish line for yet but would love to participate in Team in Training. I’m a Lymphoma survivor so it’s very close to my heart.

  • Naomie July 13, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I never have, but it is definitely something I want to do in my lifetime.

  • Holly Mitkowski July 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Yes, mental health awareness and autism awareness

  • ashley wheeler July 14, 2013 at 1:12 am

    My dad passed away of melanoma cancer in August of 2011 just 2 weeks before my second child was born. I decided to participate in the salt lake city marathon in April of 2012 and I raised money before the raise to help go towards cancer research. My mom, sister, uncle, and myself all participated in the race in memory of my dad.

  • Nancy July 14, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Most races I’ve run have been for charity.

  • Meaghan McD July 14, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I haven’t crossed any finish lines, but I’d love to soon!

  • Michael OBrien July 14, 2013 at 2:00 am

    crossing the finish line for breast cancer awareness in support for my Aunt who had breast cancer it was a special time truly

  • Kera Brown July 14, 2013 at 3:10 am

    I have not run a race for charity, although this post gives great insight into what huge motivation you get from these. We just moved close to the Boston area and I will be looking into ones soon!

  • natalie yeoman July 14, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    ive never been in a race to past a finish line before we dont really have races here

  • Sara Filler July 15, 2013 at 1:19 am

    No, I have never done a charity run, it’s something I would like to do.

  • charlene July 15, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I have not participated in anything like this yet, but I do live in a small town

  • Lauren Harmon July 15, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I have crossed a finish line for charity! Every time I’ve run a 5k it has been for a “cause” and I wouldn’t want it any other way!

  • Claire July 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Not yet, one day.

  • Diana Hatch July 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I have never raced for charity but love the idea!

  • jennifer cervantes July 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    No I haven’t but one day I hope to

  • Leah K July 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I have never crossed a finish line for charity but it’s on my bucket list.

  • Sindy Murray July 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    No, I have not but I would like to do it!!

  • nicole July 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Not yet, but I’m training for my first 5k now!

  • Teish July 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I’m not a runner, so no, I have not. I’m just amazed by the dedication of some of my friends who have run in charity marathons though! So many of my family members have been diagnosed with various cancers, thank you for doing a bit to make a difference!

  • Yona July 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I have not but I would love to once I get in better shape – I’d need to train first to get my endurance up.

  • Linda W. July 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I haven’t been in any races- i got diagnosed with asthma and i’m still trying to get my endurance back.

  • Debbie Lewis July 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I am not a runner but I am a walker and have walked for many charities

  • Patti Hess July 15, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    No, I haven’t finished a finish line for Charity. I have wanted to but just not in shape

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  • karen mayernick July 15, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Yes I did cross a finish line, for breast cancer! It felt great !

  • darby` July 16, 2013 at 12:47 am

    yes I have-the Koman Race many years ago!

  • Kathryn C July 16, 2013 at 1:38 am

    unfortunately I have never..but it on my bucket list 🙂

  • Kristie D. July 16, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I did a 5k walk for NAMI about mental illness and I plan to do another on August 3 for our local Humane Society. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  • Kimberly Barnes July 16, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Yes I have crossed the finish line for Heart health.

  • teresa koedyker July 16, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Yes i have for Relay for life!

  • Emi July 16, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Have you ever crossed a finish line for charity? Yes, but never something as long as the marathons available from Team in Training

  • Gianna July 16, 2013 at 3:36 am

    No, i’ve never done a walk or race.

  • Kim July 16, 2013 at 3:43 am

    I have crossed the finish line for charity once but I’d like to do more!

  • Sue Hull July 16, 2013 at 3:54 am

    No I’m not able to run due to back issues and neuropathy. I have survived a very important race.I’m a 1 yr hodgkins lymphoma survivor as of this may 31st. I support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 100%. Thank you to all of you who ran for the cure and for the giveaway 🙂

  • Christian Alejandro July 16, 2013 at 4:03 am

    This year will be my first.

  • Margaret July 16, 2013 at 5:00 am

    I work at Walgreens and our district is very active in charities and runs, but I have yet to make the time to run in one.

  • Lori Vann July 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Yes, I did a local run for a local charity in Fayetteville GA. It benefits several local hospices and childrens organizations!