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.
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.
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!
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!