Running for Lola

Running for Lola
May 30, 2008 by Michele Kohler

"Running for Lola"

In loving memory of Lola Bernadette Kohler

July 7, 1944 - January 19, 2008


Thank you to everyone who supported me and donated funds to this incredible cause!

To my great shock and surprise, I FINISHED the half-marathon yesterday in 3 hours, 2 minutes, 57 seconds. Deduct 15 minutes for the first potty break (the line was absurdly long) and take into account I took one long walking break where I walked for about a half to 3/4 of a mile. All the rest of my walking breaks were about 1-3 minutes each.

For those of you unfamiliar with race times, an ELITE runner will finish a full marathon (26.2) miles in 2:30. Sooooooooo, needless to say, I was in the bottom 3/4 of the group in terms of speed, but hey- I finished! Only a week before the race, my back went out and I thought I wouldn't be able to do it at all.

I truly felt Lola's presence with me the whole way. When it got tough and I didn't think I could keep running, I thought of Lola. While I only had to struggle for 13.1 miles, Lola struggled for 20 MONTHS. And miraculously, whenever I needed the extra pep, there was a team of other runners throughout the course that were wearing t-shirts that said, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." This became my mantra and between that, and Lola's inspiration, I FINISHED!


Total Donations Collected: $3790.85


I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone who has supported me with their love and generousity. Your words of encouragement and selfless donations have kept me inspired and energized throughout this training season.


If anyone is interested in checking out the action, here is a link to the website for the Long Bch marathon:

Some of you might know that due to my stress fracture, I had decided to postpone my run and participate in a race early next year instead. However, after much consideration, I've decided to RUN THE RACE THIS WEEKEND! Everything seems to be doing well (my back is better, my leg is better) and I'm gonna go for it!

Thank you so much for all your love and support! Collectively, we raised almost $3800, and my team alone raised over $226,000!! Thanks to all of YOU!

Love & Blessings,

Michele Kohler


For even more updates, check out my blog!


Supporter Comments

    "this is also in memory of our Ojiichan and beloved Sandra"

    Junko and Eddie Okamura

    Fri May 30 09:37:39 EDT 2008

    "for my Tutu"

    Melia Kohler

    Fri May 30 09:41:20 EDT 2008

    "this is for Lola and we are all rooting for you"

    Airport Assist Worldwide

    Fri May 30 11:11:24 EDT 2008

    "this is for my Tutu, we all miss her "

    Tiare Kohler

    Sat May 31 12:16:48 EDT 2008

    "What a great way to share in Lola's life. You Go Girl!!"

    Jennifer and Herb Ching

    Sat May 31 12:49:32 EDT 2008

    "Lots of Love from the Big Island! Monica Scheel"


    Sat May 31 02:03:42 EDT 2008

    "Go Michele!!!!"

    Karie Hagman

    Sat May 31 02:10:31 EDT 2008

    "This is such a great cause - good luck Michele!!!"

    Briana Hunter

    Mon Jun 02 01:11:02 EDT 2008

    "Thank you Auntie Michele! Good Luck on the run!"

    Emily, Lauren, Madelyn, Raymond & William Kohler

    Mon Jun 02 11:41:52 EDT 2008

    "For both Lola and Sandy's beautiful smiles."

    alan and nancy honda

    Mon Jun 02 08:09:03 EDT 2008

    "Wish we could walk with you! :) Love you lots!!"

    alan and nancy honda

    Wed Sep 16 01:53:00 EDT 2009

    "Wow a full marathon!....keep up the good work...I will be cheering you on. Janelle"

    Janelle Dreyfuss

    Tue Jun 03 05:01:01 EDT 2008

    "Good Luck Jenna!"

    Janelle Dreyfuss

    Tue Sep 22 09:21:20 EDT 2009

    "I am proud of your work. If anyone can meet the goal, I know you can. Good luck!"

    Janelle Dreyfuss

    Tue Sep 22 09:51:17 EDT 2009

    "Danny and I support you and your family. Lots of love and big hugs!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!XOXOXO"

    Michelle Bartolo

    Wed Jun 04 01:18:43 EDT 2008

    "You go Michele! This is an amazement accomplishment and for a good cause!"

    Annette Cooper

    Mon Jun 09 03:12:02 EDT 2008

    "Michelle, Run baby run. I am so sorry the girls lost their Tutu! Have a great race and keep LOLA'S memory alive! love, jen & scott "

    Jennfier & Scott Morgan

    Fri Jun 13 12:58:34 EDT 2008

    "Good luck with the run! What a great way to honor Aunt Lola. "

    Michelle and Steve West

    Wed Jun 18 09:24:47 EDT 2008

    "Good luck Michele!"

    Don & Susan Hartman

    Thu Jun 19 01:47:56 EDT 2008

    ""You know that many runners enter a race, and only one of them wins the prize. So run to win!" (1 Corinthians 9:24 CEV) May the Lord bless your every step Michele. "

    Gail Judd

    Fri Jul 04 09:40:59 EDT 2008

    "Go Girl!"

    Elizabeth Fujimori

    Tue Jul 08 03:21:29 EDT 2008

    "She is smiling down on us always!!! Love and Blessings!!! xxx Lisa"

    lisa vasquez

    Tue Jul 08 04:49:50 EDT 2008



    Wed Jul 30 05:16:45 EDT 2008


    Jeannie Hashimoto

    Wed Jul 30 05:21:34 EDT 2008

    "I'm so proud of you! "

    Deanne Barsi

    Tue Aug 12 01:41:07 EDT 2008

    "Michele, I am so proud of you and hopeful for those who suffer and think there isn't a solution, there can be with people like you. You are in my prayers including Lola and your family! God Bless You! xoxo Lisa "

    Lisa Espinoza

    Fri Aug 15 03:20:34 EDT 2008

    "This a wonderful thing you are doing. We support and admire you. You go girl!! "

    The Travel Girls

    Thu Aug 28 09:31:33 EDT 2008

    "Keith, you are inspiration to us all. Thanks for all you do to raise funds and awareness about blood cancers. Good luck with the runs! Michele"

    Sun Jul 24 01:32:50 EDT 2011

    "Thank you so much to everyone who has donated! A big thanks goes to our wonderful neighbor, Farmers Insurance. This is such a wonderful event and cause and I hope everyone can make it. Thank you :)"

    Fri Oct 28 02:42:56 EDT 2011

    "Way to go Keith! Good luck!"

    Mon Sep 19 06:26:11 EDT 2011

    "Good luck, Keith!"

    Fri Sep 16 12:01:05 EDT 2011

    "Keith good continue to be an inspiration"

    Tue Aug 23 12:21:33 EDT 2011

    "Thanks for doing this"

    Mon Aug 22 03:43:06 EDT 2011

    "Hey Tim, Sorry for the long delay in getting back to you. I so appreciate you donation, and want to thank you. Lisa and I are out doing it again, and this years team is shaping up. Please spread the word, for you know what it is like to raise the money. In Spirit, Greg"

    Lisa Espinoza

    Mon Feb 07 12:04:43 EST 2011

    "Hey Michael, I just wanted to thank you so much for your donation. As you are aware every dollar counts. Lisa and are out doing it again. In Spirit, Greg"

    Lisa Espinoza

    Mon Feb 07 12:01:43 EST 2011

    "Go Team!! Lisa -- I still owe you from 2006 Tour de Tucson!! My favorite mentor!!"

    Lisa Espinoza

    Thu Feb 03 12:15:48 EST 2011

    "Good luck Love Nanny!"

    Lisa Espinoza

    Tue Feb 22 12:24:23 EST 2011

    "Best of luck! Run well :)"

    Al & Kris Sasaki

    Tue Sep 07 12:35:55 EDT 2010

    "Here's to 26.2 by 30!!! Happy Running and Best of Luck!"

    Al & Kris Sasaki

    Tue Aug 24 04:58:22 EDT 2010

    "Good LUCK!"

    Al & Kris Sasaki

    Mon Aug 23 06:51:20 EDT 2010

    "Hope you make your goal!"

    Darryl Matsui

    Wed Aug 04 03:48:22 EDT 2010

    "Keep up the good work!"

    Janelle Dreyfuss

    Fri Oct 23 11:18:46 EDT 2009

    "I'm proud of you and wish you the best."

    Janelle Dreyfuss

    Mon Sep 21 10:54:41 EDT 2009

    " I hope I will be able to join you to walk that night. I am so glad that you are doing this again! Love, Nancy Montford"

    alan and nancy honda

    Mon Sep 21 09:03:01 EDT 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,640.00 | Goal: $5,000.00
53 %

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My Thanks To

Ron Kinzie $250.00
Emily, Lauren, Madelyn, R... $250.00
Airport Assist Worldwide $250.00
Junko and Eddie Okamura $250.00
ITG $200.00
The Travel Girls $100.00
DAVID DOI $100.00
Al & Kris Sasaki $100.00
Gail Judd $100.00
Don & Susan Hartman $100.00
Pamela Kearsley $100.00
Jennifer and Herb Ching $100.00
Kim Kinzie $50.00
Jeannie Hashimoto $50.00
Jeannie Hashimoto $50.00
Darryl Matsui $50.00
Carol Mazzotti $50.00
Michelle Bartolo $50.00
alan and nancy honda $50.00
Thomas Yatabe $25.00
Lisa Espinoza $25.00
Deanne Barsi $25.00
lisa vasquez $25.00
Elizabeth Fujimori $25.00
Michelle and Steve West $25.00
Annette Cooper $25.00
erin tanji $25.00
Janelle Dreyfuss $25.00
Karie Hagman $25.00
Tiare Kohler $25.00
Melia Kohler $25.00
Jennfier & Scott Morgan $20.00
Briana Hunter $20.00