My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Jun 10, 2009 by Bethany Perry

Racing to Save Lives

Welcome to my Team In Training home page.

As of this year, it has been my personal goal to run a complete marathon (many of you know how crazy I have become about running)! On October 18th, it will be accomplished! I will be running the full Nike Women's Marathon in one of my favorite cities, San Francisco. Nike Women's Marathon is a race that draws world-class marathoners from many countries. It also draws tens of thousands of runners like me.

Ten months ago, the longest consecutive distance I had ever run was maybe 3 miles (please keep in mind that I HATED running at this point). Its hard to believe that in a short time, I will be completing a FULL marathon. A marathon can't be done casually. Running 26.2 miles requires careful preparation and hard work. So I've joined Team In Training, a program run by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Team In Training is a group of energetic people who are committed to improving their health, training for endurance events, supporting each other, and raising money for medical research to stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I'm very glad to be part of this team and doing it in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team. I have made a commitment to train for five months to finish this marathon, and to raise $2500 for LLS. I know I can do it with the help of my coach, teammates, family and friends.

You can be apart of something great too! I invite you to join me in this effort by making a 100% tax-deductible contribution to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Over 75% of your contribution will directly support research as well as care for patients. ANY amount would be appreciated, but please consider contributing $1-5 for every mile I run. The LLS team has conveniently provided me with this personal website where you can securely make your donation online. I can also receive cash and check donations directly (please make checks out to "The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society'". If you have any questions or need an address to send a donation to, please don't hesitate to email me at

On October 18th, you and I will prove to the world that average individuals, working together and dedicated to a cause, can help to change lives for the better. My challenge and my race will end that day; but for some it will just be the beginning. Thank you for your consideration.

Still Running,

Bethany Perry

Did You Know?

*A donation of $25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.

*A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.

*A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.

*A donation of $500 could provide patient aid to a person with leukemia or a related cancer for a year.

*A donation of $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.


I have been on such an amazing roller coaster this past month. I recently just started back at school along with working full time at Nordstrom, training for a marathon, and planning a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Let's just say I know how to stay busy.

Training for this marathon has been the hardest, yet most rewarding challenge I have ever attempted. This past Saturday, I ran a Glorious 18 Miles! It definitely wasn't your typical Saturday. We started at 7:30 in the Berkeley Marina. Our run was almost cancelled to the weather. It was Raining, Hailing with Thunder and Lightning! This was definitely a first for me. We waited for the thunder and lightning to pass before we actually started running and were told to turn back around if it continued. None of us did this. We are not just dedicated runners, but Fierce Runners! Go Team Fierce. The overall run was amazing until the 15 mile when my feet began to throb. I walked for a few minutes until I decided to suck it up. After seeing our honorees (those suffering from blood cancers previously/currently) run with us and at our water stops, I realized my pain was nothing compared to what they go through daily. I had real inspiration right beside me.

I can hardly wait until October 18th when I cross that finish line and all of this hard work pays off. I'm very glad to be part of this team and could not be where I am at without the help of them. They continually push me to outdo myself. I also could not do anything without the help of YOU too! As a team, we have collectively raised over $115,000 with a goal of about $250,000. Personally, I have raised just over $700 and am significantly short of about $1700. I know at this time it might be difficult to donate, but ANY amount would be appreciated...Even $5, $10, $20 will help! My deadline for these funds is October 1st.

To help reach my goal, The Red Feather Winery has generously allowed me to use their establishment to hold a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The benefit will be held in two weeks, Sept. 27th from 4-8 p.m. If you live in the area, I would love all your support and to see all your beautiful faces.

Livermore Wine Social

Red Feather Winery @ 5700 Greenville Rd., Livermore, CA 94550

$25 Adults and $10 Kids at door (tax-deductible donation)

DJ'd event with special acoustic performance

Large Video Projector with PS2 and Wii hook up for KIDS and ADULTS!

Door Prizes/Raffle


Jamba Juice


***$20 advanced tickets if purchased through nikesf09/bperrydfdu (specify in comment section for purchase of tickets) or in person***

Shut Up and Run

It's been awhile since I last updated so I guess I'll fill you in on what's been happening in Bethany's little world of running! Besides the training, I have started planning an event that will be held at a local winery in Livermore, Red Feather Winery. Event planning is not an easy task and without the help of a dear friend Jenni, I don't think I could do it! I don't know if you will see this, but Thank You for your inspiration, I think you are amazing. The event will be held on a Sunday afternoon from 4-8pm, Sept. 27th! Food, wine, and music will be there along with the company of ME! haha. I would love everyone's (your mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, sister, brother, cousin, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, and dog) support!

July 11th-Tonight we started something new at track practice ... Tempo running! Basically, you are suppose to challenge yourself to the point where you breathe harder than normal. You start out running for 4 mins at a 10k pace (a somewhat fast pace) and jog/walk for 90 secs. and repeat 4 more times. Surprisingly it was challenging. These drills are helping us pick up our pace for our long runs. Its amazing what you can train your body to do in a small amount of time. I am convinced that anyone can be a marathon runner (well, someone with a somewhat normal health).

July 8th-Saturdays run was a little different the my previous half marathon in Livermore. :) I ran near Berkeley in a town called Orinda. It was nice. I was thinking it would be cooler than normal, but boy was I wrong! Hills + Berkeley + morning = cold right? Nope. There were lots of hills. I don't recommend going out the night before a big run either ... not such a good idea. I was way more tired on the run than I usually am. And the hills just kept coming. It felt like I was always going up. How does the Science work here? Aren't you suppose to come down after going up? Ok, so maybe it wasn't that bad (I think it was though). Hehe.

July 1st-7th-Yet again, I ran further than ever. Who knew Robertson Park in Livermore would be so beautiful? Me of course since I live there! Livermore has to be up there in my favorites. Running through the vineyards, robertson, and sycamore park ... comon! Saturday, I unintentionally ran 14 miles (that is more than a half a marathon!) ... what was I thinking? Actually, it was more like what was the Livermore ranger thinking? Apparently he thought it would be a good idea to take down our markers and let us get lost. Luckily, most of us (minus me of course) have GPS attached to our wrists so we realized that we had ran more than half way and turned around. I felt like gumby afterwards and the aches and pains lingered on me for the rest of the day while I was at work. When it was all said and done, I was really proud of myself. I feel like a little kid running up to mom with excitement of completion (you know how you acted when you made something you were proud of? Same feeling.) with this running hobby. I also have so much more energy and feel great. The rest of the week involved more running yet again, and the oh so glorious hill sprints! Is it bad to say that I actually love hill sprints???

July 28th-We did benchmark drills today. In our first track practice back in the beginning of June, we timed our mile. I think I ran it just under 10... probably like 9:20ish and I shaved off over a minute I think. 8:16ish. I can't remember exactly. I know I could do better but I was feeling like I did in high school...dreading time mile day. Haha

Go Team!

July 25- Today I hit a benchmark in running. 11 miles . . . The longest distance ever! . . . well for me that is. My last longest run was several months ago and I ran/walked 10.8 miles. This time around, my endurance has improved drastically. I was able to run (not fast) basically the whole distance minus a stretch and bathroom stop. My long runs are however starting to catch up with me. By the time I am done, I have like an hour to rest before I have to get ready for work. I do feel refreshed and empowered after the run so it's all worth it! I need to start trying the famous ice baths soon.

July 23- I committed to be a donor for a bone marrow transplant if ever I am a match for someone through 'Be the Match'. It sounds like a scary commitment but it is actually a fairly easy procedure where the donor immediately recovers. It would be an incredible experience if ever I have the opportunity.

July 22- Tried the whole increased incline on the treadmill. It wasn't as hard as I thought however, I didn't run very long. I can't stand treadmills now that I run outside so often.

July 18- Yesterday we ran at Lake Chabot. It was so beautiful and even though the coarse was much more challenging, I thoroughly enjoyed my run. The mileage was bumped up to 10... YES I ran 10 miles straight! I didn't run my fastest only because I had to work later in the day and was tired from the first day of the Anniversary sale at Nordy's (12 hrs. with only a 1/2 hour break will get you!). Needless to say, I was a tad tired when I got to work, but the workout surprisingly gave me energy.

July 14- Our coached practice was cancelled... wow that's a first! It was way to hot to train outside so Coach Tim gave us a helpful workout for indoors or our local gym. I surprisingly extremely sore after this workout... way more than most Tuesday work outs (probably cause I lifted and haven't in awhile. Shame on me!).

July 13- Went for an 8 mile run with my running buddy through the vineyards. This has become one of my favorite places to meditate... which I think is totally necessary and everyone should take the time out of their hectic lives and do!

July 11- Today was my longest run with Team in Training. Go Team Fierce! We are awesome. It wasn't too bad considering I had not been running really during my vacation and went to bed super late the night before. My feet however could tell you a different story! 3 blisters on my right foot and one on the other....not to mention I still have a nasty black/grey toe nail on my right foot. These are my battle wounds and I am proud of them even if I complain about them and say how much I hate them! Now that I am back in town, I really need to start working on my fundraising <---- I hate this part! If any of you can help me out, it would be greatly appreciated. I will bake you any kind of cookies if you donate $25 or more! Think of the lives you will help with your contributions.

July 8- About a week with no running....Ah my body is craving it! So I made my friend Shannon take me to a park to run. She met me in Portland after my family reunion to head up to Seattle to finish up my vacation. Needless to say, I didn't do much running....just eating, a few drinks here and there, and lots of walking (that counts for something right?). Ah finally, a beautiful coarse around Green lake, Seattle. It was about 3 miles around, so I went around it twice and then some totaling about 6.5 miles. I managed to run 6 miles under an hour which is quite an accomplishment for me. Yes, if you do the math, my pace is a 10 minute mile but hey, I am an endurance runner, not a speed demon. I have shaved quite a bit of time from my early running days.

July 2- Vacation! Well for me at least. After a 10 hour drive up to Oregon for our family reunion, I made my sister run with me (my interpretation of a buddy run). Just a 5k! She said I have gotten a lot faster...or maybe she has gotten a lot slower. Bahaha.

June 27- Mentor led run in Concord at the Hillcrest Park (Basically the beginning or end of Iron horse depending on how you look at it). I thought I was just gonna run 7 miles but I thought to myself..."what would leilani (running buddy that is currently in Mexico on the beach somewhere) run? ... 8 miles it was. Man was it grueling. 95 degrees on a boring trail. Met a minister that ran beside me. He said, you know you are a runner when 1. you take a shit in the bushes 2. Change your clothes in public and 3. You get a runner toe (black toe nail). Check Check and Check!!! And then he added, you run a Full Marathon....and that is what I am training for!

June 24- Became a 'Real Runner' my first black toe nail...gross! Black toe nails seem inevitable for runners. My body is saying, “Hold on there buddy, I don’t think this running thing is working out.†And me the runner is saying, “How can I tape this, ice this, rest this, ignore this so I can keep on running?†With my toes banging the end of my runners with the weight of my body slamming repeatedly into the pavement, it’s no wonder they’re bruised. Some runners consider black toe nails an acceptable, almost admirable milestone in their quest to run ever longer distances.


Supporter Comments

    "Almost there!!!"

    Cristian Igualt

    Fri Oct 02 01:36:54 EDT 2009

    "We are so proud of you!!"

    Cristian Igualt

    Tue Sep 29 10:43:18 EDT 2009

    "for the winery social :)"

    Lauren Brum

    Sun Sep 27 05:49:46 EDT 2009

    "Good Luck Bethany! I hope I can make it out on Sunday to your event, but wanted to make a donation as well. Keep up the great work!"

    Leanne Furman

    Sun Sep 27 04:27:41 EDT 2009

    "For purchase of ticket for Sunday's event (friend of Leilani)"


    Fri Sep 25 07:01:06 EDT 2009

    "I'll see you on Sunday! (and Saturday, for that matter...) "

    Leilani Han

    Wed Sep 23 12:40:02 EDT 2009

    "Go Bethany!!!"

    Laura Kathleen

    Tue Sep 22 08:53:30 EDT 2009

    "Good for you Bethany!! I know you can do it!"

    Joe Brown

    Tue Sep 15 10:01:08 EDT 2009

    "I love love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies:D ha ha But i think its amazing ur doing this run! And very intense of u! If u need help with any thing let me know:)"

    Ana-Lisa Munoz

    Tue Jun 16 12:54:42 EDT 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,881.27 | Goal: $2,500.00
115 %

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My Thanks To

Livermore Wine Social $550.00
Wal-Mart Foundation $500.00
Visa $141.00
Cristian Igualt $130.00
Charles Rowland $100.00
vanessa chavarria $100.00
Boomerang Kids Consignmen... $100.00
Kathryn Shepard $100.00
Clint Rutledge $75.00
Bethany Perry $75.00
Lori Frost $60.00
Marie-Dominique Santos $50.00
Pamela Sullivan $50.00
Susan Patterson $50.00
Laura Kathleen $50.00
Joe Brown $50.00
Danielle Duperly $50.00
laura kathleen $40.00
Nicole Perry $30.00
Bethany Perry $30.00
Shannon Hansen $25.00
Lorina Daviton $25.00
Nicole Perkins $25.00
Isaac Welch $25.00
gina clemens $25.00
Leanne Furman $25.00
Leilani Han $25.00
Patricia Poore $25.00
Sonya Wilson $25.00
Kerry McGehee $25.00
Tisha Gallardo $25.00
Brenda DiGiacomo $25.00
Ana-Lisa Munoz $25.00
Leilani Han $20.00
Masi Quraishi $15.00
Cristian Igualt $11.00
Shannon Hansen $10.00
Stephanie Perry $8.00
Lauren Brum