April 9, 2018

I started running solely out of desperation when I was 36 years old. I was convinced I was about to die at a young age, both because of something that had happened to me when I was younger, and because of how I was treating my body as an adult. I weighed more than 200 pounds and lost my breath by simply tying my shoes. I needed to start exercising, to lose weight, but I couldn’t afford a gym membe...

September 1, 2017

First, our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Houston students will not experience the return to school that millions of children across the country have enjoyed this week.

Back to school is a challenging time for a family that has lost a child. While social media is full of smiling faces and neatly brushed hair, their loved one’s pictures are forever...

February 12, 2017

May 2013 was my first Ragnar Relay, I was driver/ navigator for a van of 6 runners.  Half were friends and the other half I had just met. In that forty-eight hours, that seemed like forever, we became a family.  I watched how each of them pushed mile after mile with wings on their backs.  This event was truly a life changing experience for us all, Running for Dylan.

I met Dylan several ti...

January 30, 2017

...The only time I ever ran was if I had a ball and someone was chasing me or if someone else had a ball and I was chasing them.  I never understood why people would just run for the sake of running – what was their goal, what was the point, what penance had they received – really!?!?  It took the ripple effect of a tragedy, an inspirational group of people, but really it took one person in partic...

January 30, 2017

I was born and raised in Westerham, Kent in England. My father was a very good cross country athlete (at least he told me he was!) so during my schooldays I followed in his footsteps and ran cross country and mostly middle distance track. It all stopped pretty quickly though, my real love was motorcycles and as soon as I was allowed, that was my passion. The world of road racing at my level wasn’t...

January 30, 2017

I’m from Sandy Hook, CT. A town that was rocked to its core back in December 2012 when tragedy hit my son’s school, Sandy Hook Elementary. It was a very dark time. There was a heaviness and a pain that settled into every crevice of my being. With every tragic event, change awaits. Months later, I left my job to make myself more available for my kids. My priorities turned to focusing on my family a...

January 30, 2017

 For many, driving a van of 6 runners who they never met before to their respective exchanges over a period of 24+ hours is not something they would give up two days with their families to do.  For me, driving the van for the annual Cape Cod Ragnar relay is one of the most meaningful, emotional, and most importantly, healing things I have done. I wish I was a runner, and someday maybe I will be, b...

January 30, 2017

I was not a runner, I participated in sports (dance-team and softball), but when it came to running to keep our endurance up I was the one to always complain;  “if I wanted to run I would join the cross country team”.

WOW how things have changed. I started running in 2010, my office was located right outside Central Park and everyone in my office would go for runs before or after work. I was never...

December 26, 2016

Research based Fitness programs for the special needs community are virtually non-existent in Michigan. Enter Team GUTS, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit that improves the lives of both children and adults by providing year-round one-on-one training, fitness classes and sports camps. GUTS™ stands for Ground Up Training System and is based on the studies of Dr. Dale Ulrich, Head of the University of Mic...

October 13, 2016

Mrs. Patricia Griffin, Principal of St. Ann Academy in Bridgeport, loves the image of a lighthouse. "We are here to shine a light for the students, to guide them safely on their way". It is fitting that the Wingman student leaders at her school decided to call themselves the "Wings of Light" and a very talented 8th grader created this beautiful motif to represent the program. The student leaders h...

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