Nothing is Impossible

Nothing is Impossible
Jan 09, 2009 by Mohan Dutt

A Marathon Dream Comes True!

Event: San Diego Marathon

Distance Run: 26.2 miles

Date: 31-MAY-2009

Historic Moment (L-R): Caroline, Tich, Mohan, Katie & MaryAnne


!!!! Many Thanks to Meeting Expectations and OAUG for adveritisng their logo on my race gear !!!!



Ever since I started training for my first full marathon, I have been waiting to write this update for the last four months. There were two great miracles in May. Thanks to generous donors, I was successful in collecting enough donations to meet my fundraising minimum. The second miracle happened on the last Sunday in May. I crossed the finish line at the San Diego marathon after 26.2 miles and became what 1 out of every 1000 Americans are - a marathoner.

Over the last 21 years, more than 390,000 participants like me have raised nearly a billion dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Perhaps one of my donations this year will help cross the $1 Billion mark. A billion thanks to all my donors for this stupendous achievement. I have raised a total of nearly nine thousand dollars in 2008 and 2009.

I feel blessed and thankful for the support to help me achieve this near impossible personal dream of running a marathon. With profound gratitude from the world's newest marathoner.


Please read my marathon run blog - One Mile More and listen to some music while you read about my dream to run a race that was first run in 490 B.C. on the same day as my birthday!



$$Update #1 (02.09.09) - 111 days to race day. Reached 18.5% of fundraising goal. Will send out first batch of 55 e-mails to 2008 donors $$

$$Update #2 (02.14.09) - 106 days to race day. Ran 5k time trial in sub-40 min (39:30). Please keep the donations coming! $$

$$Update#3 (02.25.09) - 95 days to race day. Just crossed 25% of fundraising goal. Still a long way to go. Please help! $$

$$Update#4 (03.13.09) - 78 days to race day. Ran 8.27 miles at Pacifica on 03.07.09. Just crossed 39% of fundraising goal. If I'm lucky to get all corporate matches till now then I have 60% of my fundraising done. Sending out requests to co-workers today! $$

$$Update#5 (03.24.09) - 67 days to race day. Ran 12 miles at Portolla Valley on 03.21.09. If I get all the corporate matches, I will be 2/3rds done at $2009 and counting! $$

$$Update#6 (04.07.09) - 54 days to race day. Ran 14 miles at Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay on 04.04.09$$

$$Update#7 (04.15.09) - 45 days to race day. Crossed 50% of my fundraising minimum$$

$$Update#8 (04.19.09) - 41 days to race day. Ran 16 miles at Woodside on 04.18.09$$

$$Update#9 (04.22.09) - 38 days to race day. Sent out 333 fundraiser e-mails. I am so lucky to have generous friends! Now at 61% of my fundraising with another 22% of corporate matches waiting to appear online someday soon$$

$$Update#10(05.13.09) - 17 days to race day. Got corporate sponsorship from OAUG and ME! I will wear their logo. Now at 88% of my fundraising and that does NOT include corporate matches. Once those show up, I will be crossing my fundraising finish line. In today's economy, it is indeed a miracle! I am so fortunate to know so many who have taught me that the art of giving is the art of living$$

$$Update#11(05.18.09) - 12 days to race day. Ran 20 miles at Coyote Hills, San Jose on 05.16.09$$

$$Update#12(05.19.09) - 11 days to race day. Reached fundraising minimum after 105 days. At last, a miracle in May! Corporate matches still to appear to boost the total$$

$$Update#13(06.01.09) - Today is the day after. Enjoying the surreal feeling of being a marathoner. Yes! I ran 26.2 miles!$$

I can't cure cancer by running a marathon, but as part of a team of thousands of people working together with focus, determination and heart, we can find a cure. That's what Team In Training is all about. It is about being part of something much bigger and more powerful and more important than oneself.


Supporter Comments

    "Thank you Jodie for being a member of TEAM NINJA!"

    Jack Sorg

    Mon Sep 09 11:47:14 EDT 2013

    "Thank you Mr Brayden! "

    Mon Sep 09 12:50:37 EDT 2013

    "Good luck Mohan!!!!!!! I think it is great that you are doing this!"

    Lily Fetterer

    Mon Feb 09 01:12:28 EST 2009

    "Go Mohan! You continue to amaze us."

    Tanuja & Akhil

    Sun Mar 01 01:09:12 EST 2009

    "Keep up the good work!!"


    Wed Mar 04 06:13:51 EST 2009

    "To my loving sister and be comforted that Jack's legacy lives on through you, your children and all of those that he touched."

    Thu Oct 08 12:54:58 EDT 2015

    "Love you Mary!"

    Sat Sep 10 09:37:31 EDT 2016

    "Go Mary's Team!!"

    Sat Sep 10 09:33:23 EDT 2016

    "always thinking of you Mary! Love -Mike"

    Tue Sep 13 04:55:56 EDT 2016

    "Hoping to join you in person!"

    Fri Sep 16 01:29:48 EDT 2016

    "Mary, you're one tough cookie and an inspiration!"

    Fri Sep 16 01:36:11 EDT 2016

    "Mary, keep up the awesomeness! "

    Fri Sep 16 01:46:32 EDT 2016

    "Today, and in all the days to come, believe in your heart that everything is going to be all right."

    Sun Sep 25 09:31:05 EDT 2016

    "Go Mary!"

    Tue Sep 27 02:36:57 EDT 2016

    "Go Mary, GO!!!!"

    Tue Sep 27 05:32:23 EDT 2016

    "We admire your cheerful pluckiness and love having you in our neighborhood. David and Terry"

    Sat Oct 01 07:56:15 EDT 2016

    "Mary, this walk is near and dear to my heart. I'm so happy to have met you and support you in this cause. I can't be there for the walk, but will be there in spirit, for both you and in memory of my father."

    Mon Oct 03 12:14:42 EDT 2016

    "Cheering you on all the way!!! Go Mary, Anna & Harrison!"

    Tue Oct 04 09:36:33 EDT 2016

    "I really appreciate everybody who does something for somebody else without expectingf anything back in return. All the best."

    Ramajayam Iyer

    Thu Apr 23 08:20:50 EDT 2009

    "Good luck, Mohan! "

    John Piwowar

    Sat May 02 09:14:57 EDT 2009

    "I'm walking in memory of Josette - who showed me what beauty and strength can be found in the special bonds we share with women. We miss you Diva Josette!"

    Amman Syed

    Wed Oct 12 12:19:28 EDT 2016

    "A beautiful women that is remembered and truly missed by Anne and Norma"

    Amman Syed

    Thu Oct 13 07:45:16 EDT 2016

    "In memory of the inspirational women we've loved and remain in our hearts."

    Amman Syed

    Thu Oct 13 10:05:21 EDT 2016

    "Best of luck to you Mohan. How inspiring!"

    Pam McCulloh

    Sat May 16 12:47:47 EDT 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,180.00 | Goal: $2,900.00
110 %

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My Thanks To

Jack Sorg $262.00
Oracle $250.00
Chong Sy $250.00
Genitivi LLC $250.00
Jennifer Berg $150.00
Kim Burt $100.00
Binita Wagle $100.00
OAUG $100.00
Meeting Expectations, Inc... $100.00
Milind Wagle $100.00
Kanwarjeet Batra $100.00
Haseeb (PerryVan inc) $100.00
Rajan Misquita $100.00
Jagath Junutula $100.00
David Quan $88.00
Jeff Hare $50.00
Madhavi Jagadam $50.00
Vaibhav Gupta $50.00
Geoff Gongwer $50.00
Christine Gerrans $50.00
Ashwani Rishi $50.00
Oracle $50.00
Kalyan Manchikanti $50.00
Sandeepan Mukherjee $50.00
Pam McCulloh $40.00
Bijay Jaiswal $30.00
Brooke Bueno $25.00
Floyd Teter $25.00
Michael Brown $25.00
Manish Varshney $25.00
Brian Donahue $25.00
Amman Syed $25.00
Surachart Opun $25.00
John Diego $25.00
Anil Madhireddy $25.00
Ajay Jotwani $25.00
Oracle $25.00
Pranav Sathe $25.00
Hemasri Chava $25.00
Lily Fetterer $25.00
Thankachan Mathew $15.00
Vaidyanathan Mohan $10.00
Lourdes Benito $10.00
John Piwowar  
Ramajayam Iyer  
Tanuja & Akhil