BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 28, 2012
HOURS PLEDGED: 20
Mileage Tracker: 110
Family and friends,
The photo to the left is of me and Ainsley after I completed two Marathons in two days!
The second photo was taken at mile 13 of the Rock and Roll Half Marathon; this was the first race with Ainsley’s Angels where I was actually able to help push our Captain along the way and is a day I will never forget!
The first time I met Ainsley and the rest of the Rossiter family was in 2010, just prior to getting stationed overseas in Okinawa for the next two years. For those who do not know, Ainsley has been diagnosed with a progressive genetic nerve disorder called Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD), an illness which leaves her unable to walk or talk. Having been fortunate enough to complete my third marathon at the time, it personally hit home that many of the physical activities I had taken for granted in life were not possible for her.
It was not long after moving overseas, however, that I realized Ainsley did have a way that she could race, as a “Captain” of myTEAM TRIUMPH - Ainsley’s Angels. Ainsley is able to participate in races by means of a specialized running chair, which her “Angels” can push during the course of a race. From my room in Okinawa I could follow her races on FaceBook, seeing both her father, Kim, or sister, Briley, helping her complete races ranging everywhere from 5k’s to the full Marine Corps Marathon! It was inspiring to see, and my decision then was that if I were able to get orders to the East coast following my time in Japan, I would actively train to participate with Ainsley and help her race.
Having recently moved to southern Maryland this summer, the opportunity is available where I can actively support Ainsley as one of her Guardian Angels. My plan is to run a total of at least 52.4 miles before the end of the year helping to build awareness and support through the myTEAM TRIUMPH - Ainsley’s Angels organization. By wearing a team jersey during races and receiving your help and support, my intent is to raise as much as I can, so that Ainsley's Angels can continue to spread the message and ensure more kids can “roll with the wind.”
I joined Ainsley in my first race (Rock’n’Roll ½ Marathon in September), and went on to run the Navy-AF ½ Marathon. I ran the full Baltimore “Crawling Crab” and will be running the Marine Corps Marathon later this month in honor of Ainsley's Angels. Whether you are able to donate or not, I plan to post updates after each event so that you can see firsthand how positive and rewarding supporting Ainsley's Angels can be. SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATES!
10/10/12: To date, I have completed two major runs to support the team, both the Navy-AF ½ Marathon and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Va Beach. The Navy-AF Half was challenging since it was a smaller venue and the lack of fans cheering can drag on down the stretch. However, knowing I have a cause to support supplies much needed motivation and I was able to complete both successfully. My next big races are Baltimore and the MCM at the end of the month. I am very excited and will be trying to complete my first major marathon in less than four hours – run like the wind!
10/13/13: This morning marked the anniversary of the birth of the U.S. Navy and being in a city with such a maritime history as Baltimore, it seemed appropriate to be running a race here to celebrate. I have never done the course before and it was very hilly, but all the training these past couple months paid off when I was able to shatter my previous best run time with an unofficial ~3:52:30 (official times to get posted later). Being able to break four hours was a major milestone for me and I am just glad to have been running to support a good cause while doing it. Still two more races left in October, but the big one will be the Marine Corps Marathon at the end of the month which I am really looking forward to!
11/08/13: October ’12 proved to be a banner month, and after tallying up the different Marathons, 15k, and a 20 miler that I ran, ended with a total mile count of 81.72 for the month…not too shabby. Undoubtedly, the USMC Marathon was the highlight of this period (my 2ndtime running) and it really reinforced how small and great our Marine Corps family is. I saw former squadron mates (HMM-265 “Dragons”) cheer me on, ran next to members of Team HOYT VB at times, and even my father was able to be on hand, so it was a great experience overall. It was an honor and a privilege to be running to represent Ainsley’s Angels, and having that thought in the back of my head during the race helped me to finish in a record 3:46:27. My goals at this point are to run as many races as possible for Ainsley, to keep getting faster, and to stay healthy while doing so. November will be a challenging month, but luckily for me I finished One Letter at a Time last week and understand the power of a “yes you can” attitude. On Saturday I will have the pleasure of not only running the Richmond Marathon, but celebrating the USMC’s 237thbirthday afterwards. Immediately after, it will be time to go down to Hampton Roads for the FREEDOM Marathon on Veteran’s Day. For both races I will be wearing an Ainsley’s Angels jersey to represent the team and, while I do not anticipate any record times, I can think of no better tribute both to AA or all the Marines and Veterans who help make America the greatest country in the world.
If you would like to help me support myTEAM TRIUMPH - Ainsley’s Angels, please partner with me by making a donation on this page
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113 Vanessa Ave, Lake Charles, LA 70605
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