There is so much to be thankful for and look forward to in the upcoming months and next few years, thanks to all the people in my life. I may hold the professional title of athletics coach/fitness trainer, but it is every individual I meet along the way who empowers and enriches my life on a daily basis.
VETRN 'Streetwise' MBA business-growth class:
I had the unique opportunity of being accepted to the Veteran Entrepreneurial Training & Resource Network (VETRN) program. VETRN is a program designed to enhance and grow military veteran-based businesses. Attending bi-weekly classes at Dean College from September 2018-March 2019, I am working and networking with veterans and organizations who support veterans and their families in growing small businesses. If interested in this fine program, please contact VETRN founder Leland Goldberg at www.vetrn.org.
"WellStrong Grows Well and Stronger Together!":
Looking ahead to 2019, WellStrong has created a Cape Cod Ragnar Team-in-Training for May 2019. We are 12 members in training as a family, but we need help. Please consider donating to our registration costs which total $2400 (including two rental vans and supplies). For more details, contact Coach Steph Thompson.
Marathon Continent #7:
In July 2019 I will embark on the long trek to Australia to participate in the Outback Marathon. Extending my stay to explore the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney, I look forward to immersing myself in the culture of the "Land Down Under" while completing my last 26.2 with the fantastic running tour group Marathon Tours and Travel. Stay tuned for periodic training updates on my blog. (Link here)
Norwich University Bicentennial Celebrations:
Warrior Runners looks forward to the Norwich University Bicentennial Celebrations in September 2019. As an alumna of America's oldest private military college, I believe in the Norwich motto, "Essayons”. It is this "I will try" mental fortitude that is the foundation of excellence. Please join me in celebrating 200 years of service, honor, and commitment. https://alumni.norwich.edu/HC/Schedule
2018 Events Recap
A lot of great things went down in 2018. Warrior Runners is so proud and honored to be a part of the following non-profit organizations: WellStrong, Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA), and Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod. When we find common ground, together mountains can be moved.
Caribbean Running Cruise - February 2018
As a participant of Marathon Expeditions' Caribbean Running Cruise, runners from all over the United States and the world sailed to tropical islands (San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; St. John's, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia; and Bridgetown, Barbados) to run 5K road races. Immersed among 200+ strangers on this 10-day journey, I quickly made friends and enjoyed the sights and sounds of each unique island. Bringing essential supplies to the hurricane-torn island of Puerto Rico was very humbling. The trip overall was an amazing experience, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in doing fitness while traveling to beautiful destinations, and while supporting local economies- especially in times of need. Despite the heat and humidity of the tropics, my New England winter treadmill training paid off because I was the first female finisher for each 5K!
Marathon Continent #6 - September 2018
In September, I traveled the European countries of Portugal (Lisbon, Azores), France (Paris, Bordeaux), and United Kingdom (London, Stonehenge). Part personal (meeting distant relatives on the island of San Miguel, Azores), part business (running the Marathon du Medoc through 21 vineyards, tasting wine the entire way with Marathon Tours and Travel), I soaked in the experience (no pun intended), alongside my dear sister who acted as my "cornerwoman." I met incredibly friendly, interesting people along the way and made lifelong memories.
Norwich University’s “Year of Distinction” - May 2018
In May 2018, I was contacted by Diane Scolaro, Vice President of Alumni Relations at Norwich University, as one of five alumni invited to be a part of the "Year of Distinction" video in celebration of the university's 200th anniversary. It was a privilege and honor to be recognized for the distinction of having run a marathon in every state. Attending the Bicentennial Celebration Kickoff during the Gala at Homecoming September 2018 and watching my "story" on the big screen felt surreal. Please join me in celebrating Norwich University, the oldest private military college in America, as we embark on our journey into a third century of existence.
Fundraising for Cape Cod Non-Profit Organizations
Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod:
Among just 75 participants, over $50,000 was raised for Habitat of Cape Cod’s inaugural Classic Cycle: The Ride for Homes!
Thanks to all who donated to my own fundraising page for Team Warrior Runners. All proceeds went directly to this amazing non-profit organization. Please consider donating and/or volunteering to future events at www.habitatcapecod.org
Sandwich Sailors Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA):
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Massachusetts took place in May 2018 and was a huge success. Team members from the Sandwich Sailors team received the torch at the Sandwich/Bourne town line and ran together along the Cape Cod Canal, crossing the Bourne Bridge alongside law enforcement officers and military veterans. With the encouragement and cheers of family and friends, we finished strong at the Mezza Luna restaurant in Buzzards Bay and broke bread - enjoying light-hearted conversation and a hearty meal of pasta and sauce, gigantic meatballs, and salad. For future ways to get involved with Sandwich Sailors and celebrating 50 years of Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA), please visit www.sandwichsailors.org and www.specialolympicsma.org/.
On December 1, WellStrong celebrated its one year anniversary! WellStrong is a non-profit organization on Cape Cod open solely to individuals in recovery from substance abuse. Working directly with Gosnold, Inc., there are currently 86 active members and over 500 people through its doors for classes, meetings, and other programs. Located at 6 Alphonse St, Falmouth, MA (off Route 28), there are 15-20 classes offered on a regular basis (trauma informed yoga, mindfulness-based meditation, strength training, kickboxing and boxing, Zumba, etc.). Members have participated in many events to date to aid in their recovery, including Falmouth Sprint Triathlon in July 2018, Falmouth Road Race in August 2018, and David Lewis 5K in September 2018. As a volunteer coach at WellStrong, I see the direct benefits of self-care acts of physical fitness and mindfulness on the individual, as well as the healing powers of community and togetherness. Please consider donating or getting involved at www.wellstrong.org.