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Why I Run
Mar 25, 2012 by Kate Bonarrigo

Hello out there!

So I was running this morning on my treadmill, and I was thinking to myself—It’s probably about time I get my butt in gear and get serious about blogging my journey towards training for my first half marathon (May 5th, yikes!!!) and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I’m a bit behind on the blogging front because I’ve been just a wee bit busy lately. I’m planning my wedding (June 1st, yikes x 10!!!)working 40+ hours a week, AND I just became an Aunt on March 10 to Carson Reid (AKA the cutest baby boy on earth).

SO, I’m not going to lie to ya, it’s been quite a challenge thus far to cram training for a half marathon in to my life, but I know in the end it will all be worth it!

Ok so here goes…

Let me start off by saying: I am NOT a “runner”. I’ve always considered myself to be a decent athlete but just flat out running was never my strong suite; especially long distances. So how did I find myself signing up for a 13.1 mile race back in December? Well, there’s several reasons, actually. Here they are:

1. My best friend, Laine Dupler actually works for LLS. Back in the fall she ran her 3rd half marathon while raising money for the non-profit organization. I decided I wanted to support my friend, so I jumped in the car with my fiancé, Steve and we managed to finagle our way to a front row spot right near the finish line. The energy and excitement in the air at the end of the race was so intense. It was loud; full of booming music and people cheering their loved ones on. When I saw Laine cross the finish line in her purple jersey(that LLS team members wear), sweat dripping down her face, and a huge smile stretched across her face, I was so inspired. I was practically holding back tears. I knew how hard she worked to get in shape and thought to myself how much of a sense of accomplishment she must feel right at this very moment. I pretty much decided in that moment that I wanted/needed to run a half marathon.

Laine Crossing the Finish Line

2. Things got pretty personal for Laine when her Dad, Dan Dupler (AKA Coach Dupes), was diagnosed with lymphoma in the fall of 2011. And when things get personal for Laine, they get personal for me too. Her dad is such a huge part of her life; as well as many others’ lives in the upper Arlington area. He was a longtime Coach at UA and has touched many lives throughout his time there. When I heard Coach Dupes had lymphoma, it really drove my inspiration to not only run a half marathon race, but to help raise money for LLS along the way.

3. The third and final reason(s) I’m running this half marathon is to challenge myself mentally and physically. As I mentioned before, I’m getting married in June and training for a half would really help keep me in shape and fit in to that wedding dress! Also, I figured that all this running might be a nice stress reliever in the middle of the chaos/stress that is wedding planning.

So there you have it; my reasons for running : ) What motivates YOU to run?

Ok, that’s all for now. Please check back from time to time to read about my training progress!

What It's All About
Mar 10, 2012 by Kate Bonarrigo

Hello Family & Friends!

As some of you may know, on May 5 2012, I’m running the Capital City Half Marathon in

Columbus, Ohio. This will be the first halfmarathon I’ve ever run, and I’m participating

in this endurance event as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS)

Team-In-Training program.

A little background info on LLS:

It is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. It helps fund lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and strives to work towards a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Team-In-Training is a comprehensive training program, supported by LLS and lead by certified coaches, which helps people prepare for athletic challenges such as marathons, half-marathons, 100-mile bike rides, triathlons and hike adventures. In return, participants can find sponsors to support their athletic activities to raise funds for LLS' important blood cancer research.

Over the next few months, I’ll be working (and running!) to raise at least $1000, and I would be absolutely honored if you would join me in this effort by making a donation of whatever amount you can afford. Every little bit helps!!

Checks should be made out to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and sent to me

at 110 Shannon Lane Granville, OH 43023 by April 5th.

Or you can donate online right here on my fundraising web page by clicking on the "Donate Now" button on the bottom right side of the screen.

Of course, your donation is 100 % tax-deductible. With the support of generous people like you, we can help The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society continue to make strides in fulfilling its mission: finding a cure.

Thank you in advance for your support!!!

My Fundraising Page
Jan 12, 2012

Teams are made up of individuals. Without them, there is no team.

Welcome to my Team In Training home page.

I have a mission-to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers. To accomplish that mission, I’m participating in a sports endurance event as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. Like the other members of TNT, I will be raising funds to help find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. I’m improving the quality of my life by participating and with your support, I can help improve the quality of life for patients and their families as well.

Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures.


Supporter Comments

    "Great job Katie!!"

    Melissa Smith

    Mon Apr 02 03:10:25 EDT 2012

    "Goooood luck!! :)"

    Laine Dupler

    Thu Mar 08 08:21:23 EST 2012

    "Kick some butt Kate!"

    Maegan Horinek

    Thu Apr 26 07:11:44 EDT 2012

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $1,025.00 | Goal: $1,000.00
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My Thanks To

Beth Loew, DDS $100.00
David Sanese $100.00
Kyle Koppes $50.00
Matt Bonarrigo $50.00
Brittany Homola $30.00
Maegan Horinek $25.00
Michael McCoy $25.00
Jessica Mullenix $25.00
Scott Cochran $25.00
Megan Hendershot $25.00
Scott Cackler $25.00
James Koppes $25.00
Mary Becker $25.00
Shirley Evans $25.00
Bruce Sommerfelt $25.00
Morgan Norvell Johnston $25.00
Melissa Smith $25.00
Brittny Parsons $25.00
Aaron Begue $25.00
Richard Bonarrigo $25.00
Robert Romeyn $25.00
June Randolph Clune $25.00
Laine Dupler $25.00
Chris Bonarrigo $25.00
Tim Bonarrigo $20.00
Steven Bonarrigo $20.00
Frank Bonarrigo $20.00
Amy Reddy $10.00