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Victory!
Jan 24, 2013 by Stephen Pepper

Hello everyone,


At last, the moment has arrived when I can tell you that I finished the Bermuda Triangle Challenge and live to tell about it.


First, thank you again to all who so generously donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in support of my efforts with Team in Training. Our NYC chapter team raised over $500,000 and have all of you to thank for that success.


The races themselves? It was a pretty difficult weekend, despite being in Bermuda! The temperature held in the low 60s, which was fine for running, except that most of the weekend was cloudy and rainy. Especially the second half of the marathon. I must have gained five pounds of water from my soaked gear along the way, and it took a while post-race to get the feeling back in my cold and wet finger tips. The miles seemed longer and longer as it got wetter and wetter. And did I mention that Bermuda is hilly? It seemed that the whole island was somehow up hill, in every direction!

After the first loop of the course (the marathon involved two loops around essentially the largest land mass on Bermuda), the 655 runners doing the half-marathon, and one loop, strode over the finish line, and I continued for a second loop along with the other 140 crazy people attempting the same thing. It was a lonely final 13.1 miles as the heavens opened above and Mother Nature decided to make the event just a little bit tougher.

I finished 16th best amongst the 48 men running the "Bermuda Triangle Full Challenge": 1 mile race on Friday, 10K on Saturday, and full 26.2 mile marathon on Sunday, for a total of 33.3 miles run in less than 48 hours, and 32nd best amongst all marathon finishers. My time was technically the slowest of the five marathons I've run, by about a minute (3 hrs, 43 min.) but, in those conditions, I'm quite happy.




As for the 1 miler, I clocked in at 5 min., 48 sec., which is faster than I ever thought I could run a mile. Especially one that involved a course that included two hairpin turns. Did I mention that it is a small island?!


On a sad note, as of today our one suitcase in which we packed everything, including a lot of Gabriel's stuff and his favorite bedtime stuffed friends, as well as my medals, t-shirts, race bib number, etc., was lost (jetBlue). Still waiting for any positive news there.


And so my personal "drive for five" to complete five marathons is complete. Will I hang up my shoes now and limp off into the sunset? Hell no! But I think I'll do a half marathon next time, and be just half as crazy!


Best wishes,


Pepper

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17 miles. 5 bridges.
Dec 23, 2012 by Stephen Pepper

For those new to my site:LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, patient services, and education. Its mission is to cure these diseases and to improve the quality of life of our patients and their families. Team In Training is the world's largest endurance sports training program. Participants train to race in marathons, triathlons, and other endurance events on behalf of LLS and raise funds for the cause along the way.


I’m participating in the Bermuda Triangle Challenge Series from January 18-20, 2013 as a member of Team In Training. The “Triangle” includes a 1 mile race on Friday evening, 10K on Saturday morning, and full 26.2 mile marathon on Sunday morning. As you can see, I'm nearing the half-way point of my fundraising goal. My deadline is January 3, 2013!


Every dollar gets me, and my NYC teammates, that much closer to reaching the team fundraising goal for this season. And don't forget to ask your employer about matching contributions!


Our coaching staff mapped out a "three bridge" run for us to cover our long training run distance yesterday. The goal was to run for 2 hours and 45 minutes. My teammates, Viven and Adam, and I are running about a 9 minute "easy" pace for these runs, which meant that, to meet 2:45, we'd have to tack on a few more miles.


So we did five bridges.


Brooklyn. Manhattan. Williamsburg. Pulaski (to my 'hood!). Queensboro.


The ascents, they were rough. The head winds during those ascents, they were Biblical. The determination of my teammates, it was inspiring.


Just before setting out, we learned that, two weeks ago, one of our head coach's very young nieces was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (a disease that has been treated with drugs funded by LLS, in part with funds raised by Team in Training). So the fight continues.


On that note, I'm getting to the homestretch of my training for the marathon now just four weeks away, but I'm still a ways away from meeting my fundraising goal. Any amounts are so much appreciated and will go directly toward funding life-saving research.


Thanks for reading and happy holidays!

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Another "time trial"
Dec 17, 2012 by Stephen Pepper

My sincere thank you again to those who have already donated to the cause and supported my efforts with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training to raise funds to fight blood cancer and help cancer patients. For those who haven't yet (or are reading my fundraising site for the first time), there's still time!


If you have already donated and your employer matches donations, please let me know! It can make a huge difference. (100%, in fact.)


LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, patient services, and education. Its mission is to cure these diseases and to improve the quality of life of our patients and their families. Team In Training is the world's largest endurance sports training program. Participants train to race in marathons, triathlons, and other endurance events on behalf of LLS and raise funds for the cause along the way.


I’m participating in the Bermuda Triangle Challenge Series from January 18-20, 2013 as a member of Team In Training. The “Triangle” includes a 1 mile race on Friday evening, 10K on Saturday morning, and full 26.2 mile marathon on Sunday morning. As you can see, I'm nearing the half-way point of my fundraising goal. My deadline is January 3, 2013!


Every dollar gets me, and my NYC teammates, that much closer to reaching the team fundraising goal for this season.


Ran "comfortably hard" in the Ted Corbitt Classic 15K in Central Park, on an early, chilly but sunny, Saturday morning (one of the few sunny days here in the last few weeks, it's seemed). One of the tough parts about running a race which involves multiple loops around the Park is that you know going around the first time that you've got to cover all of that ground over again (for example, seeing the 9 mile marker not long after crossing the 3rd mile post!).


The race was an important milestone in our training, to see what our pace could be over a longer distance. Previously, with our "long runs" on the weekends, I'd been averaging just over a 9 minute mile, which would land me at the marathon finish line far later than I'm hoping.


So, 15K later and just after 10am, I finished in about an hour and ten, or about a 7:35 mile pace. Not too shabby! I definitely couldn't keep up that pace for a full marathon, but it's great to know that I can sustain it for at least 9.3 miles.


Incredible that there's only four weeks to go until race weekend. And while I feel pretty confident in the progress of training, I still have a lot of fundraising left to do, and only 18 days until my fundraising deadline! Thanks for reading and for your continued support!

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16 miles through the fog
Dec 10, 2012 by Stephen Pepper


(My son, wanting to wear daddy's sweaty hat after his 16-mile run on Saturday.)


My sincere thank you again to those who have already donated to the cause and supported my efforts with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training to raise funds to fight blood cancer and help cancer patients. For those who haven't yet (or are reading my fundraising site for the first time), there's still time!


If you have already donated and your employer matches donations, please let me know! It can make a huge difference. (100%, in fact.)


LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, patient services, and education. Its mission is to cure these diseases and to improve the quality of life of our patients and their families. Team In Training is the world's largest endurance sports training program. Participants train to race in marathons, triathlons, and other endurance events on behalf of LLS and raise funds for the cause along the way.


I’m participating in the Bermuda Triangle Challenge Series from January 18-20, 2013 as a member of Team In Training. The “Triangle” includes a 1 mile race on Friday evening, 10K on Saturday morning, and full 26.2 mile marathon on Sunday morning. As you can see, I'm nearing the half-way point of my fundraising goal. My deadline is January 3, 2013!


Every dollar gets me, and my NYC teammates, that much closer to reaching the team fundraising goal for this season.


As we settle in for (crash into?) the holidays, here's a reminder of the direct impact that LLS fundraising efforts make in developing breakthrough treatments for leukemia. "It is hard to believe, but last spring Emma [Whitehead], then 6, was near death from leukemia. She had relapsed twice after chemotherapy, and doctors had run out of options. Desperate to save her, her parents sought an experimental treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, one that had never before been tried in a child, or in anyone with the type of leukemia Emma had . . . " Read more about Emma's remarkable story here.


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Speaking of the holidays, there really should be a new generation of holiday tunes replacing references to snow with unending fog, mist, and dampness.


What a difficult weekend, weather-wise, to get motivated to do anything, much less venture out of doors in the early morn for a group training session, one that required a 2 1/2 hour jog across and around Manhattan, and over and back two bridges to Brooklyn. But venture out I did, and I feel all the better for it.


I think.


Not only was the distance and time spent putting one foot in front of the other a challenge, but I could hardly see in front of me! Well, seriously, not much farther than a block or two ahead. And fuhgedabout any nice views of New York's skylines and surrounding water ways while hoofing it over the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, and winding around the Battery Park City promenade. To look out across the Hudson was to imagine oneself an explorer in Captain Cook's day, charting the Pacific in search of land. There was nothing to focus my eyes.


That said, it wasn't too cold, and I certainly didn't dry out! So approximately 16 miles later, I carried my sore legs down into the subway steps and fantasized about the rotisserie chicken and side of bacon mac n' cheese that I was going to pick up for myself on the other side . . .


Two more 3 hours runs upcoming, getting that mileage up, up, up, to prepare for the 26.2 just six weeks from now.


Thanks again for everyone's support during this holiday season of mistiness.



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Back on track after Thanksgiving
Dec 01, 2012 by Stephen Pepper

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!! At our apartment, there was indeed a large roasted bird, many homemade pies were baked, and a spectacular volume of stuffing was prepared.


Those leftovers. They needed to be eaten. Again and again.


And there was lots to be thankful for. Again and again.


Needless to say, "eating well" for marathon training -- and training itself -- took a back seat for a few days. And then a head cold, sinus infection, whatever, emerged mid-week. I tried to take it easy and focus on today's long run as a chance to get back on track.


So, 2 and 1/2 hours of running over 16.8 miles up Park Ave and around Central Park later, finished before most Manhattan brunch-goers called for their checks, I was exhausted but satisfied for clearing the two-hour hurdle, and a half-marathon distance, yet again as we begin December, and now about seven weeks to go until the "Bermuda Triangle Challenge."


I continue to be inspired by the new stories I hear every week about cancer survivors who have directly benefited from LLS and, more specifically, Team in Training's fundraising efforts, as well as the emotional support that the Team provides to current patients and those in remission.


Our NYC team has raised $238,778.38, just over 50% of our team goal! I'm personally a bit behind that %, but I again appreciate all those who have supported me in the fight against blood cancer and hope that those who haven't yet contributed can help us reach our season goal!


All the best as the holiday season kicks into high gear!


Cheers,


Stephen

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    "Go Stephen!"
     

    Dan & Midori Newman

    Tue Oct 09 06:44:39 EDT 2012

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    "Godspeed, Mr. Pepper!"
     

    Heather & Greg Nodler

    Sun Oct 14 05:16:03 EDT 2012

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    "Hi, Japers' Rink reader here. Thanks for the opportunity to re-direct some hockey savings to a much more important effort. This donation is in memory of my friend Chester, lost too soon to multiple myeloma. Good luck."
     

    Lisa

    Sat Oct 20 10:44:18 EDT 2012

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    "Good Luck Stephen - sorry it can't be more."
     

    Lois Coniglio

    Mon Oct 22 03:36:54 EDT 2012

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    "Good for you, Stephen. Congratulations! Dan Dougherty"
     

    Daniel Dougherty

    Thu Oct 25 03:09:31 EDT 2012

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    "Glad to see that you are training . . . makes me feel lazy by comparison. Good luck!"
     

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    "Good luck!!"
     

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    "Marlene Keeling 101 Pine Branch Dr. Montgomery, TX 77356 Marlene, when you called the night before Thanksgiving to tell me about Betty, all I could think was how wonderful your relationship was. Sisters are so vital in this world. You were such an advocate & more for Betty. Since the you & Betty witnessed your mom (Chole Douglas) passing from Leukemia 20 years ago, there was a bond between you. I pray that my friend, Stephen Pepper's fund race for the cure, can help other families struggling with blood cancers. With love & deepest respect I make this modest donation in Betty's name. Nancy Keeling"
     

    Nancy Keeling

    Tue Dec 04 09:09:46 EST 2012

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    "Go get 'em, brother."
     

    Jon Press

    Mon Dec 10 08:44:56 EST 2012

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    "Hi Steven, I am honored to add my $$ your run for the L&LS. You make us proud! Good luck and I wish you and your team a bright and wonderful day for your run. Cindy Quinn"
     

    Cindy Quinn

    Tue Dec 11 08:05:55 EST 2012

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    "Good cause, good luck. "
     

    Troy Pepper

    Mon Dec 31 04:38:37 EST 2012

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    "Great cause, Stephen. Good luck! Kevin Byrne"
     

    Kevin Byrne

    Mon Dec 31 08:30:03 EST 2012

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    "dr. pepper, i wish i could support your efforts more, but we be poor folks. we be unemployed. we about to literally spend all we got on 18 acres. more on that when its official. run like the wind, my brother. if you don't win and eradicate leukemia this time, hopefully i can be more generous next time. "
     

    Brian Seheult

    Mon Nov 26 03:37:22 EST 2012

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    "Good luck to you and your entire team. Also, good luck with your training and reaching your goal. All the best, Erica "
     

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    "Thank you for doing this Mr. Pepper - Cayenne"
     

    Caya, Jessica, & Lon

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    "Have a great run Stephen!"
     

    Eileen Nolan

    Mon Jan 07 10:27:28 EST 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,837.00 | Goal: $5,000.00
 
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My Thanks To

Goldman Sachs $50.00
Nicole Raymond $250.00
CHIP FRY $100.00
Lisa $100.00
Dan & Midori Newman $72.00
Troy Pepper $50.00
Gail and Ron Mckenny $50.00
The Haselbergers $50.00
Jon Press $50.00
McSparkin $50.00
Nancy Keeling $50.00
Kate and David $50.00
The Macks $50.00
Nicole and Glenn Garry $50.00
Caya, Jessica, & Lon $50.00
Heather & Greg Nodler $50.00
Raquel Barnes $50.00
stephen m pepper $50.00
Eileen Nolan $25.00
Ariana Villalta $25.00
Kevin Byrne $25.00
Marie Davis $25.00
Matthew Sigafoose $25.00
Llama $25.00
Daniel Dougherty $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Bridget Santiago $25.00
Rebecca Rotem $25.00
Diane Doyle $25.00
Zachary Zangl $25.00
Esther Davis $25.00
Sabrina Ursaner $25.00
Anonymous $20.00
Robert Wade $20.00
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