Team RWB Firecracker Virtual Race

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I’ve talked about Team Red, White & Blue a few times over the past couple of years. It’s one of my favorite charities – and one that means a lot to my husband and I.

Team RWB is a nonprofit organization that supports U.S. veterans by connecting them through physical and social activities. There are loads of local chapters that host events, runs and meetings.

You can read about Team RWB here.

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Team RWB is hosting a virtual race for the 4th of July – the Firecracker 4 and 10 miler. Every single dollar raised will go directly to Team RWB. Last year, they raised $31,000. Their goal this year is $50,000.

Here are the details:

– Distance: Run or walk 4 or 10 miles
– Date: anytime between June 27 and July 12
– Cost: $39
– All entrants will receive a medal and t-shirt (must input your results after the run)

My husband and I are both signing up for the virtual race. We are going to do a family stroller one morning (either two singles or double (and alternate pushing!)).

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    Love Kills Cancer

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    Cami with her older sister, mom, and dad at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Prom held last week

    Cami with her older sister, mom, and dad at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Prom held last week

    A couple of months ago, I received the terrible news that Cami (Cameron) King, the 3 y/o daughter of one of my cousin’s, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).  Cami’s dad and I are first-cousins.  I grew up seeing her dad on a consistent basis and some of my fondest memories of family events involve playing baseball or basketball with her dad and his brothers.  Cami and her family live on Staten Island and I have been lucky enough to see her at family parties and holidays since she was born.

    Nobody wishes cancer on anyone, but you especially can’t imagine someone so young and innocent having it.  My heart always aches when I see another family going through something like this, but I never imagined that it would affect someone in MY family.

    Since her diagnosis in March, Cami has been fighting hard and undergoing chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC.  She has alternated between being in isolation in the hospital (she had the flu, then a cold) to being able to go home for a few weeks in between rounds of chemo.

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      Behind the Scenes

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      I received a phone call from one of my good friends at NYRR – she was someone I had met during the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge journey and have remained in close contact with her.  She wanted to know if I would be interested in being filmed for an On the Run episode – an online series created/produced by NYRR.  With the NYC Half being the first race run on the streets of NYC since Superstorm Sandy, NYRR was putting together some segments on those running the race who were affected by the storm.  She was aware that I had organized the Race for Recovery, she thought I would be a good fit.

      A couple of days after that initial conversation, I was told that WABC had learned of my story and were interested in airing the segment on their channel during the NYC Half coverage on Sunday.  My piece is scheduled to air at 7:16am on Sunday, March 17 on WABC.  (More information can be found here.)  As soon as I find out the link on the NYRR website and/or the WABC site, I will share it!

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        Race for Recovery – the numbers

        Becky in front of a damaged home on Staten Island

        I decided to break the Race for Recovery down by the numbers – I’ve seen this method used several times recently in blog posts and really love the style!

        Don’t forget to check out photos of all the runners who participated!

        I just want to say THANK YOU one last time to everyone who supported this virtual race – the generous companies that donated, the companies who helped promote the race, and all of the runners who donated and raced.  I’m still amazed at how much money was raised and how many giving people participated!  Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

        10,895 – dollars raised

        2,627 – dollar value of prizes 

        1,350 – dollars raised by grand prize winner Chris M

        725.4 – miles run 

        357 – people donated

        272 – runners participated

        157 – results entered – FULL list of participant finish times can be found here -> Race Results

        112 – runners completed 5k

        88 – pictures of participants – the FULL album can be found here -> http://facebook.com/pages/nycrunningmama

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          Race for Recovery Results

          Feeling Fit Team in CT (Kim Petruska, Mary-Jo Checco, Erin Ehrhard, Kate Korotash, Eileen Curran, Jennifer Falci

          If you missed yesterday’s post about the Race for Recovery Giveaway Winners, you can find it here.

          There were 112 participants (who submitted times) for the 5k, 61 for the 10k, and 16 who completed both!! Below are the results for each – as well as twitter links (if applicable).  Congratulations to ALL of participants! =)

          5k Results

          Place First Last Time
          1 Lorenzo H 15:33
          2 Bradley R 17:05
          3 Steve L 18:28
          4 Christopher 19:27
          5 Matt V 21:40
          6 Jamie K 21:42
          7 Lisa M 21:47
          8 Kristin 21:57
          9 Ashley K 22:21
          10 Andy C 22:25
          11 Alison W 22:32
          12 Kelly C 23:30
          13 Marc C 23:30
          14 Tiffany 23:44
          15 Mary M 24:11
          16 Justine L 24:30
          17 Pamela 24:30
          18 Siobhan M 25:00
          19 Amanda 25:10
          20 Elizabeth 25:21
          21 Jennifer 25:29
          22 Adam 25:34
          23 Stacey 25:42
          24 Melissa 26:09
          25 Hyedi 26:22
          26 Christina M 26:39
          27 Christine Y 26:42
          28 Peter 26:47
          29 Ron V 26:57
          30 Ashley 26:59
          31 Kate M 27:03
          32 REBECCA K 27:10
          33 Samantha 27:29
          34 Maureen C 27:35
          35 Kim 27:35
          36 Elizabeth H 27:39
          37 Katie K 27:39
          38 Beth I 27:44
          39 Ariel A 27:59
          40 Allie W 28:01
          41 Jacqueline L 28:02
          42 Gracie A 28:14
          43 Kathleen T 28:14
          44 Sarah C 28:34
          45 Michelle C 28:35
          46 Stephen W 28:50
          47 Tabitha 29:20
          48 Jaclyn V 29:46
          49 Eileen C 29:48
          50 Katrina 29:50
          51 Mary-Jo C 30:00
          52 bob 30:00
          53 Jane 30:22
          54 Corinne 30:26
          55 Geraldine G 31:02
          56 Becky K 31:21
          57 Katy M 31:50
          58 Gladys 31:59
          59 Carissa D 32:02
          60 Nicole D 32:09
          61 Vicki M 32:35
          62 Chris M 32:40
          63 Ashley R 32:40
          64 Nina K 33:04
          65 Raciel D 33:44
          66 Amy K 34:00
          67 Shelley M 34:44
          68 sandra 35:07
          69 deborah A 35:16
          70 Rina T 35:21
          71 Nancy 35:28
          72 Michelle D 36:00
          73 Felicia H 36:01
          74 Julie D 36:09
          75 Jennifer 36:26
          76 Kelsey G 36:33
          77 Nan L 37:07
          78 Julie G 37:12
          79 Beth F 38:45
          80 Heidee J 39:13
          81 Elena 39:30
          82 Irena 39:40
          83 Molly W 39:54
          84 Jo Anna L 40:03
          85 Yash H 40:05
          86 Thomas M 40:10
          87 Nicky L 40:10
          88 Janice K 40:23
          89 Michelle F 40:28
          90 Mike 41:09
          91 Kenny 41:09
          92 Dawn M 41:19
          93 Denise M 41:30
          94 Amy M 41:38
          95 Robin T 42:03
          96 Leah M 43:22
          97 Tracy 44:20
          98 Rebecca M 45:15
          99 Nadine F 42:25
          100 Myra 48:10
          101 Jess R 49:45
          102 Charlie 49:46
          103 Scott L 50:00
          104 Erin R 51:33
          105 Cassandra G 52:03
          106 James 52:40
          107 Ashleigh M 54:52
          108 Valerie F 54:52
          109 Amelia M 54:52
          110 tina M 54:52
          111 Savannah M 54:52
          112 Becky H 59:00

          10k Results

          Place First Last Time
          1 Matt V 46:00
          2 Stephanie K 48:42
          3 Elisabeth K 49:00
          4 Stacey T 49:38
          5 Jeffrey L 50:38
          6 Erin O 51:05
          7 Beth P 52:12
          8 John B 52:33
          9 KRISTINE D 52:36
          10 Carrie H 52:40
          11 Siobhan M 53:00
          12 Pamela P 53:47
          13 Casey S 54:30
          14 Jilly W 54:48
          15 Melanie N 55:30
          16 Toni C 55:37
          17 William R 56:10
          18 Amanda B 57:30
          19 Nicole G 57:34
          20 Allie W 57:39
          21 ali L 57:50
          22 Veronika S 58:25
          23 Heather I 58:42
          24 Anya B 58:52
          25 Jeremy M 59:00
          26 Naomi K 59:16
          27 Melissa J 59:20
          28 Gracie A 59:53
          29 Tracy B 59:58
          30 Elizabeth H 1:00:00
          31 Raciel D 1:00:15
          32 Kelsey R 1:01:15
          33 Ron V 1:01:18
          34 Melissa G 1:02:03
          35 SONIA A 1:02:38
          36 Pauline S 1:03:05
          37 Catherine K 1:04:00
          38 Terry T 1:05:26
          39 Carolyne A 1:05:54
          40 Jonathan N 1:06:06
          41 Ashley R 1:06:37
          42 Megan S 1:06:44
          43 Vicki M 1:06:56
          44 Jaclyn V 1:07:08
          45 Craig B 1:07:46
          46 carol H 1:08:20
          47 Jillien S 1:10:28
          48 Jeff B 1:11:00
          49 Felicia H 1:12:15
          50 Chris M 1:12:32
          51 Jenny S 1:12:51
          52 Claire P 1:14:00
          53 Yash H 1:14:00
          54 Kathy L 1:14:00
          55 Amy M 1:14:53
          56 Jennifer G 1:18:10
          57 Lori M 1:18:23
          58 Rachel P 1:18:40
          59 Annette N 1:22:05
          60 Cassie B 1:25:32
          61 Nancy L 2:09:37

          5k and 10k Results

          Place First Last 5k Time 10k Time Total
          1 Matt V 21:40 46:00 1:07:40
          2 Siobhan M 25:00 53:00 1:18:00
          3 Pamela 24:30 53:47 1:18:17
          4 Amanda 25:10 57:30 1:22:40
          5 Allie W 28:01 57:39 1:25:40
          6 Elizabeth H 27:39 1:00:00 1:27:39
          7 Gracie A 28:14 59:53 1:28:07
          8 Ron V 26:57 1:01:18 1:28:15
          9 Raciel D 33:44 1:00:15 1:33:59
          10 Jaclyn V 29:46 1:07:08 1:36:54
          11 Ashley R 32:40 1:06:37 1:39:17
          12 Vicki M 32:35 1:06:56 1:39:31
          13 Chris M 32:40 1:12:32 1:45:12
          14 Felicia H 36:01 1:12:15 1:48:16
          15 Yash H 40:05 1:14:00 1:54:05
          16 Amy M 41:38 1:14:53 1:56:31

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            Gone For a Run Winner + Upcoming Giveaways

            Race For Recovery

            I apologize for not announcing the winner of the Gone for a Run giveaway sooner!  The last few weeks have been a bit hectic.

            The randomly selected winner is:

            Katie from Mom’s Little Running Buddy!

            Please email me at nycrunningmama@gmail.com.

            You have one week to contact me to claim your prize before a subsequent winner is chosen.

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            As promised there will be a handful of giveaways in the upcoming few weeks including:

            • PowerBar (2 winners):  boxes of various bars – valued over $100 per winner
            • Mustela (1 winner): gift pack – valued at $100

            Additionally, I’m going to begin the PR Spotlight series that I had discussed in the spring.  Looking forward to highlight Jess from Pace of Me next week!

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            Don’t forget to sign up for the RACE FOR RECOVERY 5k/10k!  

            We have over 125 runners from across the country participating already (and have raised almost $5,000).

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              Race for Recovery 5k/10k

              Tunnel to Towers Foundation

              After watching my Facebook page fill with status updates and photos of my fellow Staten Islanders as well as friends in NYC helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy last week, I knew that I needed to find a way to help.  Logistically, it’s difficult for me to physically help – having an (almost) 2 year old and 7 week old (who doesn’t yet take the bottle) force me to stay home most of the time.

              This past weekend, I had the idea of starting a virtual race.  I emailed a bunch of running gear companies that I have had contact with in the past (and some I haven’t) as well as several friends who pulled some strings for me and several friends who have their own businesses.  The response has been overwhelming.  As of this morning, there are 40 prizes that can be won – worth over $2,500.

              All updates will be posted to this page.

              **NEW** For whoever donates (and/or collects on their own to donate here) the most amount of money, Runner’s World will award you with a Fantasy Day.  Details are below! 

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                Team Red, White & Blue

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                A little background…

                US troop fatalities in combat decreased by more than 15% from 2010 to 2011 (437 to 368).  At first glance this statistic sounds promising, however, if you do a little more research you’ll learn that while the number of US deaths have decreased, the number of amputees have risen by a staggering 22% from 2010 to 2011 (205 vs 240) and is more than 17% higher than the previous all-time high in 2007 (205).

                (I won’t go into detail as to why the number of amputees are increasing at an alarming rate, but if you would like to learn more, you should read this article)

                Why am I putting up all these statistics?

                Do you ever wonder what happens to all of the veterans when they return from Iraq or Afghanistan missing one or two legs and/or one or both of their arms?  Or to those vets who return with “invisible injuries” – post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or mild-traumatic brain injury (TBI)?  Immediately upon their return, they receive amazing around-the-clock medical care from fantastic military hospitals.  But then what happens?  Continuing their career in the military is a longshot (amputees are typically medically discharged).  Some return to their hometown. Others stay close to Army or Navy bases.  But ALL need to start their lives over – trying to live a normal life – while learning how to survive/cope with one or more major limbs missing from their body or with whatever serious injury the war dealt them.

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