Wednesday, May 30, 2018: Special Olympics Massachusetts will be kicking off its 50th Summer Games with the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) on the Cape, from Provincetown to Bourne. I am grateful to be representing the Sandwich Sailors Special Olympics team as their Head Coach. As a U.S. Navy Veteran, I'll be running alongside the Barnstable County Sheriff's and Bourne Police Department officers. Taking up the torch from the Sandwich/Bourne town line, we'll run approximately 8 miles along the Canal, over the Bourne Bridge, and end in celebration at the Mezza Luna Restaurant on Main Street in Bourne. All are welcome to attend the finish and cheer the Special Olympics athletes as they sprint to the end. Please consider donating to this fundraising event by sponsoring me as a runner via the LETR website. All proceeds go to the athletes, who participate in sports year-round. Thank you in advance for your generosity. I can tell you first-hand how Special Olympics is a HUGE part of these children's lives.
Sunday, September 23, 2018: Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod will be putting on its 10- and 40-mile Cycle Classic fundraiser starting at Aptucxet Trading Post, located along the Canal, and going from Bourne to Woods Hole and back. I created Team Warriors in the "battle" to raise at least $300 for this wonderful non-profit. My good friend Mike Sullivan is a lead carpenter for Habitat of Cape Cod, and he always has wonderful things to say about this organization. In 2018, 5 homes in Brewster and 3 homes in Truro will be completed, and construction on 4 homes in Marstons Mills and 3 in Dennis will begin. In the pipeline are an additional 31 homes to build in Brewster, Mashpee, Harwich, Wellfleet, and Falmouth. Strong and stable families build strong and stable communities. Habitat of Cape Cod appreciates your support! Go Team Warriors! Please visit the official fundraiser page to donate.
Saturday, September 29, 2018: WellStrong will be hosting the 8th annual David Lewis 5K - A Celebration of Recovery in Falmouth. davidlewis5k.com. I am proud to be among the volunteer instructors at the non-profit WellStrong, whose mission is to create safe, supportive communities of people in recovery from substance use disorders through fitness, wellness, and meditation. There are so many great things happening at WellStrong, from open gym and classes to workshops and planned group outings. Please visit WellStrong's website for more information.
Born to Run
Completing the Chicago Marathon in October 2016 marked the end of my four-year journey to run a marathon in every U.S. state. Since then, I have taken a break from the 26.2-mile distance. Though my love and passion for running has never stopped, my body needed a break from the demands of long-distance running. But now I'm back!!! I have made it a commitment to finish my 7-continents marathoning "saga". With just 2 continents to go, I'll be running Europe in September 2018 and Australia in July 2019. I welcome you to follow my training journal as I prepare for my final marathons.
2017 Events Recap
2017 was a great beginning for Warrior Runners. The year included trail runs around Cape Cod, weekly fun runs, coaching, a 5K run/walk fundraiser, and a feature in Cape Cod Magazine. Read on for more about Warrior Runners' 2017 Events.
Special Olympics Massachusetts' Sandwich Sailors!
It is an honor being a coach for Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) in my hometown. The athletes on the Sandwich Sailors team are talented, hard-working individuals who put their heart into each practice and competition. Every day working with these young men and women on the track, soccer field, and basketball court brings a smile to my face, and I feel privileged to know them.
I was fortunate enough to be on the 2017 SOMA Falmouth Road Race fundraising team, Xtra Mile. I raised over $1000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts, and the money went directly to the athletes' participation in sports year-round. Thanks to all who donated to this great cause!
Cape Cod Canal 4-Mile Fun Run
Every Wednesday in 2017, rain, snow or shine, I led a four mile fun run at the Cape Cod Canal at 5:30 pm. Whether cloaked in darkness and dodging black ice, or baking in the hot sun on a windless day, I was out there. Sometimes there was a group of 3+ runners. Sometimes it was one friend, and we caught up on each other's lives. And sometimes it was just me. Whatever the case may be, it was definitely an experience and a lesson in commitment - to one's self and others. Thank you to all who were a part of the journey. Also, many thanks to Cape Cod Magazine for featuring my story in the August 2017 edition.
Warrior Trail Runs Cape Cod
In Summer 2017, Warrior Runners led guided trail runs through the hidden woods and sand dunes of old Cape Cod, MA. Featured runs included Sandy Neck Beach Trail in Barnstable, Great Island Trail in Wellfleet, Race Point Trail in Provincetown, and Nickerson State Park Trails in Brewster. The sights and sounds along "the trails less traveled" were unbeatable. Starting as early as 6:30 am, the settings were peaceful and picturesque amongst lighthouses, fishing vessels, and wildlife.
Stay tuned for future featured trail runs along the Cape!
The Sandwich Run/Walk 5K
The Sandwich Run/Walk 5K took place in the quaint downtown area of Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod. With unbeatable views of the boardwalk, Cape Cod Bay, and Cape Cod Canal, it was an event for the whole family. After the race, everyone was invited to participate in SandwichFest- featuring the town's finest local sandwiches, as well as the Best Sandwich in Sandwich Competition. Thanks to all who registered and volunteered, $1500 was raised for charity. Proceeds went directly to the Sandwich Food Pantry, Sandwich Arts Alliance, and First Church Sandwich. Local businesses Sweet Tomatoes, Heritage Theater, Shipwreck Ice Cream, Twin Acres, Hanlon's, and Mashpee Fitness Center donated gift certificates to top finishers. Overall, it was a great day for the town of Sandwich.
Youth Running Programs 2017
Summer and Fall are busy seasons for running.
In coordination with the Sandwich Recreation Department, I led a four-week youth running program, located at the Sandwich High School track. Each practice consisted of stretches, running games, and some light track work - totaling 1-2 miles each day. The children ranged in age from 4-12, and on hot days, the favorite games involved water squirt guns and water balloons.
I also had the pleasure of coaching a youth group at the Lifehouse Church in Middleboro. Every Tuesday for 9 weeks, I led young men and women in interval runs to build their endurance for a 5K race. The 15+ individuals stuck with the program and did great!
By fall, the Sandwich STEM Cross-Country season had started. The 7th-8th grade team consisted of 21 boys and 1 girl. Over the course of 7 weeks, everyone improved in speed and endurance. Not only did finish times get faster, bu the athletes worked as a team. The boys went undefeated for the season, and the girl finished first or top three in all of her meets. I am one proud coach!