My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Nov 01, 2013

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

Welcome to my Team In Training home page.

A few days ago, I found out that I was being given the opportunity of a lifetime -- to run again with Team In Training as a member of the 2014 BOSTON MARATHON team!!! I have long admired this event but never imagined that I would be able to participate given the fast qualifying times. Then in 2012, after getting connected with the Massachusetts/New England Chapter of Team In Training (TNT) and participating in two separate sports endurance events -- the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon (all 26.2 miles) in June and the Maine Marathon Half (13.1 miles) in September -- I learned about the Boston Marathon Charity Program in which TNT participates. I spoke to my campaign coordinator about this following my second event, but decided that I would wait a year to apply since I just done two back-to-back seasons of fundraising. Little did I know what that next year would bring.

On October 23rd, 2012, I lost my best friend. His name was Jake, and he was a beautiful, 6 1/2 year-old yellow lab. I noticed that he wasn't eating on a Saturday, and that following Tuesday afternoon we said good-bye. Needless to say, losing Jake was incredibly difficult for me. The fact that it was so sudden and unexpected only made it harder. Jake passed away three weeks after last year's Maine Marathon weekend, which was also my last half marathon, and I honestly quit doing all of the things I knew that I needed to do to take care of myself throughout the fall/winter and early spring. I didn't do exercise of any kind, and I turned to my old vice of food. Within six months, I was terribly out of shape and had gained back a significant amount of the weight that I had worked so hard to lose in the two years prior leading up to my first full marathon.

Then, on April 15th, 2013, tragedy struck at the Boston Marathon, and I knew I couldn't keep going the way that I was. My heart hurt, and I felt so far removed from the running community with whom I had previously identified so strongly. I decided on the day after the bombings that I wanted to do everything I could to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon to honor this community and those who did not get to finish their race, both literally and figuratively. I was asked to be a mentor for Team In Training shortly after this, and while I had my doubts about what I could offer, it also seemed like the perfect opportunity to reconnect with an organization that had helped me so much. Before long, I also made the connection that the 2014 Boston Marathon would take place on Jake's birthday.

Given all of these factors, I could not be more honored to have been selected to participate in this event. It has truly become my run for Hope, Health, Healing and Happiness as it relates to TNT, Boston and Jake. First and foremost, I have a mission-to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers. I also stand as one with Boston and remember Martin Richard, 8; Krystle Campbell, 29; Lingzi Lu, 23; and Officer Sean Collier, 26, as well as all of those injured during last year's marathon, and their families. And, of course, I will be running in honor of Jake.

Between my two previous events, I raised over $5,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in an effort to help find cures and more effective treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma. I am aiming to raise at least this much for Boston. 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.

I hope you will consider joining my team and making a donation in support of my efforts to help advance the research for cures. Together, we can save lives!


I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can’t run, what they’d give to have this simple gift that I take for granted, and I run harder for them.


Supporter Comments

    "Best of luck to you Kristen!! "

    Kerry Armstrong

    Sun Oct 20 08:35:20 EDT 2013

    "Run with everything you have !!! Life gives us shoes for a reason you are doing a great thing "

    autumn jones

    Wed Jan 29 10:15:37 EST 2014

    "Good Luck Kristen!"

    Jil and Mike Krause

    Tue Dec 03 01:53:44 EST 2013

    "Woo! Go Kristen! You are one step closer to your goal, and one step closer to actually having to run 26.2. "

    Pete Lee

    Wed Dec 04 12:28:12 EST 2013

    "Good luck and keep up the good work!"

    James Salva

    Thu Dec 05 01:05:14 EST 2013

    "Hi Kristen, It's been many years since you babysat our twins Callie and Ellie (they're now 18 and in college) and you've continued giving to so many people since we first met you and you helped with our babies. I hope the Run is amazing! Happy Holidays, too! Kathy and Ken Harward, Fort Collins"

    Kathleen Harward

    Tue Dec 24 03:24:07 EST 2013

    "Thanks for running for Arielle!!! I wish it could be more. "

    Beth Grove

    Wed Jan 15 07:48:34 EST 2014

    "Christopher Michael Wicks LIVED. He thrived as best he could with cancer. I'm grateful to all who support this cause."

    Kerry Wicks

    Thu Jan 16 03:45:13 EST 2014

    "good luck!"

    Tracy Habbershon

    Sun Jan 26 08:22:46 EST 2014

    "Go Kristen!"


    Mon Jan 27 12:47:55 EST 2014

    "Just had to pick an amount to round up the donation total! Best of Luck - from one TNT runner to another. (my race was many years ago)"

    Ann McGettigan-Erez

    Wed Jan 29 06:44:37 EST 2014

    "Good for you girl!!!"

    Carroll & Connie Carter

    Wed Jan 29 06:45:26 EST 2014

    "Good Luck, Kristen! Keep up the fight! #DetermiNation"

    Jason Neely

    Wed Jan 29 08:13:44 EST 2014

    "Good Luck!"

    Thomas Kent

    Thu Jan 30 09:07:43 EST 2014

    "GO Girl!!! You are an inspiration. Savor every step, smile, and have a great time! you are doing something wonderful for this world. "


    Thu Jan 30 09:12:45 EST 2014

    "Good luck!"

    Adam & Shana Olson-Laake

    Thu Apr 03 09:20:53 EDT 2014

    "Looking forward to seeing you on Marathon Monday! Thanks for making the blanket!!!"

    Karen Henderson

    Wed Apr 09 11:35:01 EDT 2014

    "Good luck and have fun!"

    Sarah Dzikowicz

    Wed Apr 09 11:33:56 EDT 2014

    "Good luck and go team!!"


    Fri Apr 04 02:07:53 EDT 2014

    "Good luck Kristen - thank you for doing this! "

    Elizabeth True

    Mon Mar 31 10:10:19 EDT 2014

    "Go, Kristen, go!"

    James Lee

    Thu Mar 06 07:59:05 EST 2014

    "Good luck, Kristen! I'm proud of you."

    Jen Crawford

    Wed Feb 05 01:18:43 EST 2014

    "Hope this pushes you up there to the top :)"

    Tristan Taber

    Fri Jan 31 04:20:48 EST 2014

    "Let's hit $4,000!"

    Brooke Heithoff

    Wed Jan 29 09:11:24 EST 2014

    "Wish it could be more! Go get 'em Kristen!!!"

    Ricky Pak

    Wed Jan 29 01:04:40 EST 2014

    "In support of all of those who are suffering or who have lost a loved one who has suffered. Praying that a cure will be found soon. "

    Monica Zaruba

    Tue Jan 28 09:27:07 EST 2014

    "Good luck, Kristen! You're doing an absolutely incredible thing!"

    Suzanne MacFarland

    Mon Jan 27 10:32:29 EST 2014

    "I will keep giving as I can. Sorry it can't be more. "

    Beth Grove

    Mon Jan 27 09:03:12 EST 2014

    "GO TEAM. Kristin, I believe in you. I'm proud to be running Boston with you this year. Let's do this!"

    James Lee

    Mon Jan 27 02:20:31 EST 2014

    "Love your inspirations and your commitment. You go, girl!"


    Fri Jan 24 09:05:35 EST 2014

    "Good Luck, Kristen! Thanks for your continuous efforts to raise money for these important charities and pushing for cures. "

    Tracy Congdon

    Sun Jan 19 09:15:30 EST 2014

    "I hope you make your goal, Kristen! Best of luck! :)"

    Stephanie Monk

    Fri Jan 17 09:41:06 EST 2014

    "Go Kristen! :)"

    Ashley Pipe

    Fri Jan 17 07:18:34 EST 2014

    "Thanks for the awesome blanket! Have a great race and good luck! "

    Jenn M.

    Tue Jan 14 07:32:39 EST 2014

    "Good luck, Kristen! Thanks for running for a great cause!"

    Kim McKinney

    Tue Jan 14 08:21:32 EST 2014

    "Good Luck, Kristen!"

    Mike Carrol

    Mon Jan 06 09:24:22 EST 2014

    "You can do it Kristen!"

    Julie Draper Davis

    Tue Dec 31 10:11:08 EST 2013

    "Enjoy the training and marathon! "

    Ross Szabo

    Mon Dec 30 03:15:50 EST 2013

    "So proud of you and all of your efforts. This one's for Jake!"

    Shannon Grundmeier

    Tue Dec 03 09:22:01 EST 2013

    "Go Kristen Go!"

    Lauren Dowler

    Tue Nov 26 10:33:46 EST 2013

    "Get it KWent!"

    Josh Brimmeier

    Tue Nov 19 10:56:53 EST 2013

    "Kristen -- good luck with everything! I think you are AMAZING person and this is so touching that you are doing this for Jake. Think of me in spirit there with you."

    Scott Payne

    Mon Nov 18 05:58:39 EST 2013

    "Good Luck Kristen!! "

    Stephanie Monk

    Sun Oct 27 11:01:51 EDT 2013

    "Hi Kristen, I'm so impressed that you're tackling this run! Good for you. I hope you reach your goal. Good luck! "

    Kelly Wiren

    Wed Oct 23 09:36:29 EDT 2013

    "Good luck Kristen! You're very inspiring! "

    Kerri Tasker

    Tue Oct 22 10:21:09 EDT 2013

    "Go Kristen!!! Thanks for helping this wonderful cause. Wish I was a runner as I would be right there with you. "

    Andrea Todd

    Fri Oct 18 11:04:49 EDT 2013

    "GO TEAM GO!"

    Sara Swillo

    Wed Apr 09 05:37:15 EDT 2014

    "You got this! Best of luck in Boston! I wish it could be more. Thanks for running for Arielle. "

    Elizabeth Grove

    Fri Apr 18 06:36:18 EDT 2014

    "Kristen, you outdid yourself yet again. Thanks for the second Marathon blanket. Happy Running!! Karen"

    Karen Henderson

    Mon May 12 04:10:37 EDT 2014

    "You're running the freakin' Boston Marathon! That is SO awesome. I'm thrilled to be your first donation =D"

    Crissi Dalfonzo

    Fri Oct 11 09:13:59 EDT 2013

    "Go Kristen! You rock-et all the way!"

    Tristan Taber

    Sat Oct 26 06:24:02 EDT 2013

    "You are amazing! Good luck with this inspirational big run, XO Robin & Steve"

    Robin Gaige

    Thu Apr 17 08:12:41 EDT 2014

    "Way to go Kristin! I know you're going to ill it in Boston! <3"

    Aly Cram

    Sun Nov 03 10:06:48 EST 2013

    "Thank you, Kristen, for your dedication to helping others, to honoring others, and to your own training as a means of gratitude for your health!"


    Mon Dec 30 10:04:41 EST 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $4,540.00 | Goal: $5,000.00
91 %

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My Thanks To

Maine Marathon Matching D... $371.20
Kristin $250.00
Keith Edwards $200.00
MMA Student Services $200.00
Tristan Taber $126.00
john wentworth $100.00
Stephanie Monk $100.00
Biscuits & Blankets Fundr... $100.00
Kathleen Harward $100.00
Pete Lee $100.00
Ugly Sweater Fun Run/Walk $100.00
Ann McGettigan-Erez $72.60
Jeni Funk-Miller $60.00
Josh Brimmeier $55.00
Karen Henderson $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Kristin Alvarez $50.00
Tressa Kosowicz $50.00
Jason Neely $50.00
marisa rivera $50.00
Carroll & Connie Carter $50.00
Tracy Habbershon $50.00
Ross Szabo $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
James Salva $50.00
Megan McVey-Schlussel $50.00
Christina Mulholland $50.00
John & Betty Tyler $50.00
Stephanie Monk $50.00
Andrea Todd $50.00
Crissi Dalfonzo $50.00
Sara Swillo $30.00
Karen Henderson $30.00
Sarah Dzikowicz $30.00
Jennifer Menclewicz $30.00
Elizabeth True $25.00
Jason Borges $25.00
Sally $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Brooke Heithoff $25.00
Ricky Pak $25.00
Monica Zaruba $25.00
James Salva $25.00
James Salva $25.00
JANK!! $25.00
Tracy Congdon $25.00
Jenn M. $25.00
Kim McKinney $25.00
Jil and Mike Krause $25.00
Corey Rumann $25.00
Kelly Wiren $25.00
Kerri Tasker $25.00
Kerry Armstrong $25.00
Deidra Davis $25.00
Brooke Heithoff $20.00
Louise Cunningham $20.00
Suzanne MacFarland $15.00
Adam & Shana Olson-Laake $10.00
Jason $10.00
Matching Donation $10.00
Julie Draper Davis $10.00
Shannon Grundmeier $10.00
Aly Cram $10.00
Nancy $5.00
Joe $5.00
Jenna $5.00
Beth Tobin  
Pattie Gaige  
Elizabeth Grove  
Robin Gaige  
Tish Jeanneret  
James Lee  
Jen Crawford  
Megan McVey Schlussel  
Thomas Kent  
autumn jones  
Beth Grove  
James Lee  
Ashley Pipe  
Kerry Wicks  
Beth Grove  
Mike Carrol  
Stephanie Michnowicz  
Lauren Dowler  
Scott Payne  
Tristan Taber  
Stacey Parikh