|To all of my friends and family:|
Well its been over a week since the NYC Marathon on October 3, 2013. I ran it in 3 hours 27 minutes. That's about a 7:55 pace for 26.2 miles. I was maintaining about a 7:26 pace through mile 15 and then the Queensboro Bridge hit me and my pace began to slip. It was a bit windy and cold, but not too bad, but then again not ideal conditions to break any personal records. To give you some perspective, it took the winner (Geoffrey Mutai) about 2 hours and 8 minutes to run the race. He was a bit slower than his 2011 NYC record setting race of 2 hours and 5 minutes (both 2:08 or 2:05 is under a 5 minute mile average for the 26 miles. On another note, we raised close to $5000 and exceeded our goals. Thank you!
October 30, 2013 Update:
Thanks again to the all the generous donors from last year and earlier this year. We're only 5 days away from the 2013 NYC Marathon. For anyone who wants to track me for the race, my Bib Number is 7357. I won't be setting any records and will be coming in a bit more than an hour behind the winners, but that's not what's important. The important thing is that we're moving forward notwithstanding a few let downs here and there. Auto-immune diseases (like Crohn's) as with the weather are both very puzzling to me. No one completely understands how Crohn's disease starts and manifests and who ever knew Hurricane Sandy would become a super storm causing horrific damage across the eastern seaboard and the cancellation of the 2012 NYC Marathon. Here we are a year later and things are moving forward. The race is back on. Many people are rebuilding and getting back into their homes and alternative or refined treatments for Crohn's are better understood. Yet, there is more work to be done on many fronts. Some folks are not yet back in their homes in the NY and NJ areas. Some promising alternative treatments for Crohn's such as the egg whipworm treatment in Phase III trials came back with results no better than the placebo. The let downs cannot stop the work that needs to be done from moving forward. If you can help me push things just a little bit more with CCFA, I thank you once again. btw, Zach is off at college, keeping things under control and doing well.
With the help of Amelia & Zach (and of course, Bettina too), we were able to raise $5900 last year. Again, a heartfelt thanks to the many generous donors last year. Last year, I signed up with TEAM CHALLENGE to run the 2012 NYC Marathon. Hurricane Sandy deviated our plans and I ended up running the Miami ING Half marathon instead. Never deterred, even with the latest tragic events at the Boston Marathon, I am now signed up for the 2013 NYC Marathon in November. If I raise enough money and if I find the time, I may even run the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon in July with TEAM CHALLENGE.
I joined Team Challenge again so that I could help those who suffer from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. By joining this team I am hoping to continue to raise awareness and help raise money for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Crohn's disease has personally affected our family, but thanks to improved treatments and careful monitoring, things remain under control. But there is always room for improvement and many others have not been as lucky and urgently need better care and hopefully a cure.
My goal is to raise at least $4,400 for Team Challenge and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, as well as to finish the race (with a respectable time!). Ideally, I would like to raise $10,000 this year and justify participating in both the NYC Marathon and the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon, but NYC is my primary goal this year. Over 80% of every dollar I raise will directly fund the mission of CCFA, to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by inflammatory bowel diseases. CCFA is not a government-supported agency and relies solely on the support of members and donors, like you, to continue their work.
Please help me reach my goal by donating today! Please pass this email along as well
|About Team Challenge|
Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s endurance training and fundraising program. With Team Challenge, you’ll find new strength inside yourself, and help find cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful, seldom-discussed and debilitating digestive diseases. With our Half Marathon and Triathlon Training Programs, you'll train for a rewarding and exciting endurance event at one of our great destination races while raising vital funds for research into these diseases. These dollars will help make new treatments possible and fuel the search for cures.
About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both major categories of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). IBD affects an estimated 1.4 million Americans. These chronic diseases tend to run in families and they affect males and females equally.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract and may affect any part from the mouth to the anus.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory condition limited to the colon, otherwise known as the large intestine.
Since our founding over four decades ago, CCFA has remained at the forefront of research in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Today, we fund cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurture investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finance underdeveloped areas of research. In addition, our educational workshops and programs, along with our scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field.