Saturday, September 27, 2014

#Journey2AMillion Spotlight

#Journey2AMillion Spotlight

Twins Run (Walk/Ride) in Our Family

September 26, 2014
This cleverly titled team is captained by Leah and Malinda: identical twins, sisters and running partners. They’ve recruited some other twins to join them in this year’s AMM and are using social media, including their blog, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, to raise awareness of Alex’s Million Mile and childhood cancer. They’ve gained quite a following of twins, runners, and those (like Leah and Malinda!) who are both! Leah and Malinda are incredible year round supporters of ALSF who are also members of Team Lemon and participate in countless races across the country to raise funds and spread awareness of ALSF,

Leah and Malinda are identical twins and mother runners. We run together, in memory of Michael and GG, to fight childhood cancer.

Last year, we joined more than 5,000 people in the inaugural Million Mile Run to raise awareness of childhood cancer during the month of September (National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month).

This year, we’re ready to do it again! To find a cure for childhood cancer, we’re going the distance to help Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation reach one million miles.

To incorporate walking and cycling miles this year, the name of this month-long event has been changed to "Alex’s Million Mile – Run. Walk. Ride." The goal is to collectively run, walk and/or ride one million miles to raise funds and increase awareness of the need to support childhood cancer research.

If twins run (walk and/or ride) in your family, you are welcome to join our group and log your miles with us. Or, you can donate $2 or more to help us reach our fundraising goal. Thanks for your support!

Join us today!
www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/115505


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Masters Women's Half Marathon World Record Holder - Deena Kastor

What an amazing experience to run with the sweet and powerful Deena Kastor the day before she smashed the Masters Women's Half Marathon World Record! We chatted during the entire 5K but I just had to finish a second ahead of her. ;-)








Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon - Saturday October 4






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SEPTEMBER 6 RACE RESULTS & 2-MILE SPLITS


The Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon is officially certified by the USATF (VA14004TR) and therefore can be used as a Boston Qualifier. The course is 6.5 "loops" of the 4-mile trail beginning at Riverview Park and following along the river on the Rivanna Greenbelt Trail.

The inaugural race was September 6. The next race is Saturday, October 46:30 a.m.
Currently, this is a MARATHON ONLY, with a limited number of registrants (minimum 10, maximum 20) and a time-limit (see below). The marathon is FREE to MHMTP participants. There will be a nominal fee of $30 for this no-frills race for other runners.

LOGISTICS

*Please note: Because of the early start time and for safety reasons you will need a headlamp or flashlight for the first 2-3 miles, expecially if it's overcast.

There will be two water/gatorade stops along the course that runners will have access to every two miles. They will be located near the start/finish area and the 2 mile turn-around point.
Please be prepared by bringing your own gu/gels. We will only have clif bars at the finish (the 2-mile water stop will NOT have any food).

If you'd like to bring your own labeled bottles of sports drinks or nutritional supplements, you can leave them on the water tables to grab during the race.

There are two porta-potties available near the start/finish of the course.

The course is NOT closed to the public during the race, but luckily since it's a trail, we don't have to worry about cars! MHMTP participants will also be running on the course between approximately 6:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

This is a low-key, no-frills, bare-bones race, therefore no shirts or medals will be provided as part of registration. We will email you a certificate of completion to print after the race.
However you may purchase your own shirt with the race logo on spreadshirt.com.

Rivanna Greenbelt logo on LIGHT items
Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon logo on DARK items

REGISTER ONLINE

Due to the limited size of each race, runners will only be able to register for the Rivanna Marathon once a year. Exceptions may be made if field limit is not reached.

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are essential to the success of this race! We need volunteers to help document splits at each of the three turnarounds. We also would like volunteers to help with setting up and managing the water stops. All volunteers receive a FREE CTC technical shirt (long or short sleeved). If you can volunteer for the entire race you get TWO shirts!

MORE INFORMATION

Photos of the Course 
Trail Information
Visit Charlottesville
Feedback from Participants
Feedback from Volunteers

Questions?

Sign up to be on the mailing list for future dates for the Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon series.
This event is directed by an RRCA Certified Race Director.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Inaugural Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon

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SEPTEMBER 6 - RACE DAY WEATHER ADVISORY

It is projected to be warm and humid (70 degrees at 5:45am and 78 degrees at 10am).

While we realize that you have made a tremendous commitment to training, our primary goal is to ensure a safe race for you. If you are not highly fit or if you have any underlying medical conditions, please consider adjusting your time goal or withdrawing from the race.

PACING CHART with CLOCK & ACTUAL TIMES
The Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon is officially certified by the USATF (VA14004TR) and therefore can be used as a Boston Qualifier. The course is 6.5 "loops" of the 4-mile trail beginning at Riverview Park and following along the river on the Rivanna Greenbelt Trail.

The first race of the series will be Saturday, September 6, starting at 5:45 a.m.*

The second race will be Saturday, October 4 at 6:30 a.m.*

Currently, this is a MARATHON ONLY, with a limited number of registrants (minimum 10, maximum 20) and a time-limit (see below). The marathon is FREE to MHMTP participants. There will be a nominal fee of $30 for this no-frills race for other runners.

LOGISTICS

*Please note: Because of the early start time and for safety reasons you will need a headlamp or flashlight for the first 2-3 miles, expecially if it's overcast.

There will be two water/gatorade stops along the course that runners will have access to every two miles. They will be located near the start/finish area and the 2 mile turn-around point.

Please be prepared by bringing your own gu/gels. We will only have Clif bars at the finish (the 2-mile water stop will NOT have any food).

If you'd like to bring your own labeled bottles of sports drinks or nutritional supplements, you can leave them on the water tables to grab during the race.

There are two porta-potties available near the start/finish of the course.

The course is NOT closed to the public during the race, but luckily since it's a trail, we don't have to worry about cars! MHMTP participants will also be running on the course between approximately 6:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

This is a low-key, no-frills, bare-bones race, therefore no shirts or medals will be provided as part of registration. However you may purchase your own shirt with the race logo on SpreadShirt.com. We will email you a certificate of completion to print after the race.

REGISTER ONLINE

Due to the limited size of each race, runners will only be able to register for the Rivanna Marathon one time per year.

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are essential to the success of this race! We need volunteers to help document splits at each of the three turnarounds. We also would like volunteers to help with setting up and managing the water stops. All volunteers receive a FREE CTC technical shirt (long or short sleeved).

MORE INFORMATION

Photos of the Course | Trail Information | Visit Charlottesville
Questions?
Sign up to be on the mailing list for future dates for the Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon series.
This event is directed by an RRCA Certified Race Director.

http://www.charlottesvilletrackclub.org/marathon/riverview.html




Friday, July 11, 2014

Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon


The Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon is officially certified by the USATF (VA14004TR). The course is 6.5 "loops" of the 4-mile trail beginning at Riverview Park and following along the river on the Rivanna Greenbelt Trail.

The first race of the series will be Saturday, September 6, starting at 5:30 a.m.*
Future dates are Saturday, October 4 and Saturday, November 1.

Currently, this is a MARATHON ONLY, with a limited number of registrants (minimum 10, maximum 30) and a 5-hour time limit. The marathon is FREE to MHMTP participants. There will be a nominal fee of $30 for this no-frills race for other runners.

LOGISTICS

There will be two water stops along the course that runners will have access to every two miles. They will be located near the start/finish area and the 2 mile turn-around point. There are two porta-potties available near the start/finish of the course.

This is a low-key, no-frills, bare-bones race, therefore no shirts or medals will be provided as part of registration. However you may purchase your own shirt with the race logo on SpreadShirt.com. We will email you a certificate of completion to print after the race.

PLEASE NOTE: A minimum of 10 participants is required for this race. If we do not meet the minimum number of registrants within 21 days of race, we will need to cancel the event. Refunds (minus a small processing fee) will only be issued if the event is cancelled due to a lack of registrants.

REGISTER ONLINE

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are essential to the success of this race! We need volunteers to help document splits at each of the three turnarounds. We also would like volunteers to help with setting up and managing the water stops.

MORE INFORMATION

This event is directed by an RRCA Certified Race Director.

Depending on the success of the initial series, we may consider expanding this event to include offerings in December 2014 and Spring 2015. Sign up to be on the mailing list for future dates.

*Start time subject to change, but will be no later than 6:30 a.m.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Philadelphia Chapter of Medals4Mettle

Malinda (the slower 1/2 of Twins Run in Our Family) is the new Philadelphia Chapter Coordinator of Medals4Mettle. We are both excited to support Medals4Mettle a national non-profit organization who facilitates the gifting earned marathon, half marathon and triathlon medals to children and adults showing mettle or courage while dealing with difficult challenges.

If you live in or around Philadelphia and want to donate your earned marathon, half marathon and/or triatholon medal(s) to children fighting cancer, please contact Malinda at Malinda.Hill@medals4mettle.org


If you want to donate your medal(s), you are encouraged to complete the "Donor Legacy Form" available on the Medals4Mettle website. Donors are welcome to share the story behind their earned medal(s) and why they want to donate. Information gathered from those donating medals helps Medals4Mettle gain a clearer sense of their support base and may help obtain corporate sponsorship dollars in the future.

To donate your medal(s), please clean your medal(s) and remove the ribbon(s), if possible. Medal4Mettle ribbons are attached to the donated medals before they are given to the recipients.

If you live or work in Philadelphia, you can drop-off your medal(s) at the  Philadelphia Runner store at 16th & Sansom Street or 37th & Walnut Street.
Medal Donation Boxes are now available at each store.
Or, you can mail your medal(s) to: 
Malinda Hill
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
11NW Suite 90
Philadelphia PA 19104-4399

For more information on how medals are distributed in Philadelphia, watch CBS Philly's report from 2012:
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/09/18/brotherly-love-giving-medals-for-mettle/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv07PAYOXPo

If you have any questions or need more information about Medals4Mettle, please review the information below or visit the Medals4Mettle website. If you have any questions about the Philadelphia Chapter, please contact Malinda by email or Twitter

If you don't have any medal(s) to donate, please consider making a small donation of $5 or more to help purchase the Medals4Mettle ribbons for the Philadelphia Chapter. Thank you so very much for your support!


Medals4Mettle is a non-profit organization founded in 2005. Medals4Mettle facilitates the gifting of earned marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers’ medals from event participants to children and adults dealing with chronic, debilitating or life-threatening illness. We do this as a celebration of the human spirit, knowing that while our medal recipients may not be out on the race course with us, they are fighting in the race for their own lives. Over the past 9 years, Medals4Mettle has presented over 45,000 medals to deserving children and adults.

Mission

Medals4Mettle is a different kind of charity that does not seek to compete with other charities for valuable dollars. It is our mission to work with established charitable organizations to increase exposure and expand education by providing runners and triathletes with a simple way to gift their medals to others. It is also our hope that this will provide athletes with the opportunity to get to know their recipient or a charitable cause, and learn more about the disease or other problem that they have faced so courageously. Only a fraction of marathon runners run for a charity and Medals4Mettle believes that the simple gifting of a finisher’s medal is a subtle but effective way to introduce the concept of charitable running.



Frequently Asked Questions 

Are donations to you tax-deductible?

Yes. Medals4Mettle is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations made to your local chapter or through our website are tax-deductible. Donations of money are always needed to help offset the costs of manufacturing ribbons, distributing and awarding medals to recipients, chapter promotional materials, and ongoing shipping and administration costs of running the organization. Our chapter coordinators are all volunteers that coordinate medal collection and distribution, so your monetary donations truly go towards supporting our medal gifting program.

Where do I send my medals?

Medals4Mettle has 60 chapters in the United States as well as several chapters in other countries. To find the chapter closest to you, visit http://www.medals4mettle.org/chapters.html If you do not have a chapter in your state, medals can be sent to our headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. Please note that many of our chapters have drop-off locations at local running stores, or may pick up medals at local race expos. Contact your local chapter coordinator if you have any questions.

How should I send the medals?

If at all possible, we ask that you remove the ribbons before mailing.  Please wrap the medals in bubblewrap or paper to help prevent damage in shipment. If you are sending a large quantity of medals, we recommend that you use USPS Priority Flat Rate boxes; this tends to be the cheapest as you pay one postage rate regardless of the weight.

We also encourage you to tell us about yourself and where the medal is from to provide us and M4M recipients some background on you and your gift.

What kinds of medals do you accept?

Medals4Mettle accepts only earned marathon, half-marathon, or triathlon medals.

In the spirit of fostering philanthropy, we also accept any medals earned by children who wish to donate their medals to other children.

Can I send you my old trophies or awards from other sports?

We appreciate your donated race medals, however please do not send badges, pins, patches, stickers, plaques, ribbons or trophies as these cannot be used. Only the medals noted above are accepted.

I am a race director and I have extra medals that were never given out. Can I send you those?

We ask that only earned race medals be sent in. One of the most important parts of our program is that the medals presented were donated by athletes who earned them and wanted to pass them along to someone who they felt needed them more. Please do not send extra/unearned medals or medals from a race that was cancelled.

What happens to the medals I send you?

,Medals are presented to children and adults, either in hospital settings, group settings, or on an individual basis. The medals are presented to those who are fighting serious life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer, or who are facing lifelong debilitating illnesses. The medals are theirs to keep. We do this at no charge to the recipients, hospitals or groups we work with.

Can you send a medal to a specific person for me?

Yes! For more information, visit: http://www.medals4mettle.org/giftrequest.php

I want to help Medals4Mettle but I don't have any medals.  Are there are other ways I can help?

Yes! Any of the following would help us greatly:

1. Wear our tech shirt during your races. Donate $35 or more and we'll send you our tech shirt. For more information, visit: http://www.medals4mettle.org/donate.html
2. If you are a blogger, writing a blog post about our organization helps spread the word.
3. Follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.
4. If you are part of a running or tri club, hold a group collection for Medals4Mettle.
5. If you work for a running/cycling/athlete retail store, offer to have a medal collection box at your store.
6. Volunteer your time. You don't have to be an athlete to be involved! We have volunteers and chapter coordinators from all walks of life. You can volunteer with your local chapter, or form a chapter in your area if there isn't already one.

www.medals4mettle.org
www.facebook.com/medals4mettle
www.twitter.com/medals4mettle
www.pinterest.com/medals4mettle

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Alex's Million Mile - Run. Walk. Ride.


Last year, we joined more than 5,000 people in the inaugural Million Mile Run event organized by Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise awareness of childhood cancer during the month of September (National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month).

This year, we’re ready to do it again! To find a cure for childhood cancer, we’re going the distance to help Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation reach one million miles.

To incorporate walking and cycling miles, the name of this month-long event has been changed to "Alex’s Million Mile – Run. Walk. Ride."
 

The goal is to collectively run, walk and/or ride one million miles to raise funds and increase awareness of the need to support childhood cancer research.

If twins run (walk and/or ride) in your family, please join our group and log your miles with us. Or, donate $2 or more and help us reach our fundraising goal. Thanks for your support!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Afghan Whigs - Ottobar

This happened.
On my 43rd birthday.
I don't usually celebrate my birthday - or rather our birthday since I'm an identical twin. And, I've never done anything special on New Year's Eve. Luckily, thanks to Melissa, Anne and the rest of The Congregation, I celebrated New Year's Eve in 2012 and my birthday tonight.

It's been an incredible journey, filled with music, running, races and concerts, since Melissa, Anne and I first met each other (along with many other Congos) at The Afghan Whigs reunion concert at The Bowery Ballroom on May 23, 2012.

I'm grateful for social media for connecting me with Melissa and Anne as well as re-connecting me with The Congregation (FYI - The Congregation is a group of individuals who love The Afghan Whigs and all things related to Greg Dulli). I used to be on The Congregation email listserv when I had AOL dial-up in the mid-90's. Ouch. I am really old. Today, The Congregation is on Facebook which makes it easier for us to connect with each other.

While I'm known to live tweet or Instagram a concert or a race, tonight was not the time or place. I did refrain from all iPhone use except for one photo with Melissa and Anne before the show and a photo with Greg after the show.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that most of the audience respected the band's request. Greg politely asked one guy not to use a flash and that was it from my perspective. Of course, I was fortunate to be directly in front of the stage so it was easy to be fully present in the moment.


During most of the shows I attended in 2012, I took at least a few photos or videos to share since amateur photography was encouraged. Tonight, I was grateful for the no photo policy so I had no temptation to take photos. I enjoyed being fully present at this show with no distractions from digital devices. 

Similarly, I used to love to tweet and run. Tweeting while running was a way for me to connect with other runners. It served it's purpose at the time but now I prefer to tweet before and after my run so I can focus on running in the moment and feeling the music while I run. 

While I find the most meaning in music and running while I'm alone, I still race and go to concerts for the camaraderie. For me, concerts and races are all about the stories and the connections. I do hope to write more about my moments and stories. But, it's easier for me to write in 140 characters or less

In the meantime, please read this post by MamaDeakBrooklyn, Boston, Baltimore - Maybe I Should be a Roadie. I'm always inspired by Anne and her willingness to share her thoughts.

Thanks again to Greg Dulli, John Curley, Melissa, Anne and The Congregation for a night filled with music, joy, laughter, inspiration and gratitude.