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November 12, 2013

I made it! (just barely) Such an amazing race and so happy to do it for such a good cause. Thank you again to everyone who supported!  See more

BENEFITING: The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

EVENT DATE: Nov 20, 2013

Chris

THE STORY:

The tragedy at the Navy Yard hit a little too close to home for my family and I. My wife, a NAVSEA contractor, was at work on the third floor of building 197 when the shooting started. My mother-in-law's office, down the hall from where my wife sits, was used as a shelter by employees resourceful enough to barricade themselves inside. Luckily my mother-in-law was out on vacation, but those employees who were there stayed for hours hiding behind the desk and listening to the shooter walk back and forth on the 3rd floor, firing his shotgun.

My wife was fortunate enough to be seated near an emergency exit. After the 2nd or 3rd rounds of shots she heard, her and other members of her group finally realized the severity of the situation. They were able to sprint down a staircase and escaped to safety. I was able re-unite with my wife fairly quickly once I made my way down to the Yard. By then, she and her co-workers were moved to an off-site building and I was able to take her home.

I can't tell you how fortunate I feel that my mother-in-law was on vacation and that I was able to re-unite with my wife and take her home. Words cannot express my sadness and compassion for those families who couldn't do the same.

I am running the Athens Marathon, 26.2 total miles, on November 10th (my first ever) and I thought that this would be a great opportunity to raise funds to help the victims of the Navy Yard tragedy (20 in total).  As I continue my training, I will keep this page up-to-date with my progress and include pictures of some of my training runs.  I created a booster site as well to sell the t-shirt I will be wearing during the race. Proceeds from the sale of those shirts will also go to benefit the Navy Yard Relief Fund operated by the Community Foundation for the National Captial Region. 

Please Visit http://www.booster.com/navyyardstrong2 to buy a shirt!!


Thank you so much for your contribution to the victims and their families.

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$1,295

MONEY RAISED
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  • Mom and Dad

     

  • The Joneses

     

  • Mindy

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jill, Tom TJ and Kyle

     

  • Nan and PopPop

     

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  • Tanya, Alec & Liam

     

  • Aunt Mary, Patty & Michele

     

  • Outlaws Game boy and the Scarlet Queen

     

  • Aunt Dorie,David,Denise, Terry ,Katie

     

  • Auntie Margie & Al

     

  • Pat and Chip Burke

     

  • Jane and Peter Yeksigian

     

  • Chris

     

  • Mike & Christine Sims

     

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26% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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The Team: $1,295 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Mike & Christine Sims

Mike & Christine Sims

3 years ago

Chris

Chris

Well, I did it! Finished my first marathon and raised over $3,000 for the Navy Yard Relief Fund. The race was a lot harder then I had anticipated, but I'm still very happy to have finished! Here is my pace/split info: First Half: 02:07:04 Total Time: 04:58:09 MILE PACE 1 mi 11:50 (I accidentally started my watch a little early) 2 mi 9:39 3 mi 9:34 4 mi 9:24 5 mi 9:11 6 mi 9:19 7 mi 9:15 8 mi 9:17 9 mi 8:55 10 mi 9:27 11 mi 9:25 12 mi 9:33 13 mi 10:41 14 mi 10:03 15 mi 11:19 16 mi 12:51 17 mi 11:59 18 mi 14:32 19 mi 13:27 20 mi 15:29 21 mi 10:36 22 mi 13:04 23 mi 13:56 24 mi 11:36 25 mi 13:48 26 mi 12:12 Also, we have set up our third and final booster campaign to purchase a "Run for the Navy Yard" shirt. (http://www.booster.com/navyyardstrong3) Please check it out and share the link! Thank you! 3 years ago

Jane and Peter Yeksigian

Jane and Peter Yeksigian

My former WNYD colleagues; may they rest in peace and our prayers for their family and friends. Thank you for your caring initiative Jen and Chris! 3 years ago

Pat and Chip Burke

Pat and Chip Burke

4 years ago

Auntie Margie & Al

Auntie Margie & Al

Praying for all the families and victims. Giving thanks for our sweet Jen and all the survivors. 4 years ago

Aunt Dorie,David,Denise, Terry ,Katie

Aunt Dorie,David,Denise, Terry ,Katie

4 years ago

Outlaws Game boy and the Scarlet Queen

Outlaws Game boy and the Scarlet Queen

In 490 BC, Pheidippides made it, dying as he screamed Niki (Victory)! In 1896, hosting what's considered the first modern Olympics in Athens, Greek postal worker Spiridon Louis from the village of Marusi claimed gold in 2 hours, 58 minutes, 50 seconds. While that was only 24.85 miles (40K), he lived to talk about it. Since 1908, in Britain, your challenge increased to 26.2 miles, "God save the Queen!," but today's times are as low as the world best 2 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds by Kenyan, Wilson Kipsang. He also survived. For you, the stakes start at $100 to finish and survive. Another $50 if you're under 4 hours. Another $10 for miles under 7 minutes, $7.50 for miles under 8 minutes and $5 for miles under 9 minutes. We won't be there to cheer "Viva la Cool Kowski!" but we'll be there in spirit as two steeped in a NAVSEA heritage. Not to worry, we trust your honesty in reporting implicitly. I just wonder whether you can keep the math straight on this challenge! It's a great thing you've done. Best of luck in the road race! 4 years ago

Aunt Mary, Patty  & Michele

Aunt Mary, Patty & Michele

4 years ago

Tanya, Alec & Liam

Tanya, Alec & Liam

4 years ago

Nan % Pop-pop

Nan % Pop-pop

Thankfullness for our grand-daughter in law Jen, who escaped safely. 4 years ago