Signing up for NYC Marathon...

"Accept your limitation and, with care, the thinking runner will have a comfortable, creditable race. But go for broke and prepare to be broken." GEORGE SHEEHAN

So...signed up for NYC marathon today and to my surprise, I had found that the Alzheimer's Association had been an official marathon charity...under all the other charity programs out there. Is this true?

I don't know, but as far as I know. If this is true, I will be busy this summer. I have signed up for being the NYF marathon training director with GW...who is experienced. I have also seen the program and how things work with working out a training program, from beginner, intermediate and Intermediate/advanced.

Though, I have also signed up to being an instructor for TFK, if i do get it, which there are many other's that are so much better than I. If not, then whatever...all good.

I had also been contimplating on getting some extra cash and maybe applying for a job at Jack Rabbits or something for part time and knowledge in running...

This summer should be interesting...we'll see how this comes about...

oh yes, here is my confirmation on NYC...

Dear B,
We have received your guaranteed entry to the ING New York City Marathon 2009. Please include your entry number and your name in any correspondence pertaining to the marathon. To check your status, or to update/change your personal information, and enter the username and password that you created within the application. Correspondence may be sent to marathonmailer@nyrr.org.

Your Official Handbook will be mailed in the summer. For further information about the event, please visit ingnycmarathon.org. Please note that the dates for the ING New York City Marathon Health and Fitness Expo, where you must pick up your race number, are Thursday, October 29 – Saturday, October 31.

Thank you for your interest in the ING New York City Marathon 2009, and best of luck.

Running the Boston, Fighting Alzheimer's

WATERTOWN, MA - Marathoners from towns across the Commonwealth and beyond are getting in shape for the Boston Marathon® on April 20 as part of the Alzheimer's Association "Run for the Memory" team. The runners are committed to battling the fatal disease that steals memories and challenges families.

The team has set a million dollar goal. They each pledge to raise a minimum of $3,000, and since the team's inception seven years ago, they have been steadily moving towards that million dollar mark. While Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death, it has not garnered the same kind of attention and national commitment to research funding as other diseases.

"More than 5 million Americans now have Alzheimer's disease," said James Wessler, President & CEO, Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. "It is not just an old person's disease -- it can be younger onset and as diagnosis improves we are seeing more and more people being diagnosed with it in their fifties or earlier." The disease's impact cuts a wide swath from spouses and friends to siblings, children and grandchildren.

Alzheimer's disease is always personal when someone you love is afflicted by it. When my grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's it was really difficult for my family, especially for my grandmother, because she cared for my grandfather throughout all of his illness. It is my grandmother's strength and love that keeps me motivated during my long hard runs," said Elizabeth Somers Curran of Wakefield.

Track the team at www.alzmass.org/marathon/blog with highlights, stories and humor about their training written by team members.

Team Coach:
Richard Schilder, Belmont, MA

Massachusetts Runners - alphabetical by town:
Nichole Bukowski-Cirigliano, Allston, MA
Leslie Garrett, Boston, MA
Mike Lackemacher, Brighton, MA
Jessica Gardner, Brookline, MA
Scott Graham, Brookline, MA
Michael Albert, Canton, MA
Carole Tierney, Hingham, MA
Matthew O'Connor, Hopkinton, MA
Terence Lee, Marion, MA
Brian Casey, Melrose, MA
Peter Jarvis, Milton, MA
Dale Bob Eckert, Newburyport, MA
Dale Granger-Eckert, Newburyport, MA
Barry Greene, Newton, MA
Jane Lizotte, Shrewsbury, MA
Anne Donohue-Rolfe, Somerville, MA
Jon Ashner, Waban, MA
Elizabeth Somers Curran, Wakefield, MA
Jason Kramer, Watertown, MA
Erika Mullen, Watertown, MA
Patricia Reske, Westborough, MA
Edward Cederholm, Weymouth, MA

Out of State Runners:
Doreen Antonucci, Malvern, PA
Kara Campbell, Hayward, CA
Vincent Devoe, Pompano Beach, FL
Kimberly Elsbach, Davis, CA
Dan Hinrichs, Richfield, MN
Brian Hsia, New York, NY
Kelly Mullen, Fort Myers, FL

The Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH provides support groups, professional training, educational programs for families, care consultation and 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900 as well as research funding. Information on the "Run for the Memory" Team and other programs is at www.alz.org/MANH.

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