EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016
Last year I completed a full marathon. The training was grueling and the weather was usually cold, raining or snowing or all three when I ran. On one of the coldest days my bottle of Gatorade turned to slush during a 10 mile run. I also managed to trip and land on my face fourteen miles into an eighteen mile run on the day before Easter. My wife Mary Ann spent the rest of the day in the ER with me while a plastic surgeon stitched up my face. I was in bad shape. I skipped church on Easter (can't remember ever doing that before) and my 3 year old granddaughter Emily cried when I asked her for a hug on Easter. Everything healed up nicely after a couple of weeks and comments changed from “what the hell happened to you” to “you look good” which is nice to hear no matter what the circumstances. All together I ran over 300 miles training only to get sick the three days leading up to the marathon. I should have dropped out but after all of the work it took to get there, I just couldn’t bear to. I had reasonable expectations to finish under 5 hours before I got sick so when it took a little over 6 hours, I was very disappointed. If it wasn’t for my family cheering for me along the route and coach Audrey running the last few miles with me, I’m not sure I would have finished.
The important things are that I did finish and thanks to everyone that contributed, I exceeded my $1,000 goal by over $500. I’m not sharing my training experiences to garner sympathy or to imply that I did anything special. I saw some runners who were truley inspirational. I recommend the experience to anyone. I had a great feeling of accomplishment each time I met the next training milestone leading up to the marathon and completing it. I’ll always remember the excitement of participating in an event so big with thousands of other runners and cherish the looks on my family’s faces along the route and at the finish line as they cheered for me. I only wanted to share my training experience because as much as I did endure for the 3 months leading up to the marathon, it pales in comparison to what my granddaughter Natalie will face for the rest of her life living with Cystic Fibrosis until a cure is found. At 3 years old, I doubt that she realizes how different her life will be from other kids her age. What a miracle it would be if she never had to. That’s why I’m signed up for the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon and I am asking for your help in raising money that will go towards research for a cure. Although I scaled back my commitment mileage wise and am running as part of a relay team this year, I hope to match or exceed last year’s contributions. If you can help out in any way, I’ll be eternally grateful. Thank you.
CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION wrote -
Help Us Find a Cure.
Our Run to Cure CF team in Pittsburgh continues to grow each year, as do our research efforts and the progress we’ve made in the search for a cure. Real progress toward a cure has been made, but the lives of young people are still cut far too short. Won’t you join us in continuing the search for a cure? Accept the challenge today and help add tomorrows to the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis by registering to run or making a donation to one of our dedicated team members!
We've made incredible progress in the fight against cystic fibrosis, but we still need to strive to cross that finish line and find a cure!
What Is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections, and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.
More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.
The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the late 30s.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure. Thanks to the dedication and financial backing of our supporters — patients, families and friends, clinicians, researchers, volunteers, individual donors, corporations and staff, we are making a difference.
Learn more about Cystic Fibrosis and our chapter: http://wpa.cff.org
Learn more about our Run to Cure CF Program at: http://wpa.cff.org/runtocureCF
$100 - Kid's Marathon
$200 - 5K
$1,500 - Relay Team
$400 - Half Marathon
$500 - Full Marathon
Fundraising minimums must be met by April 29, 2015. Once you register through Team CF on Crowdrise, within one week you will receive a confirmation e-mail from the Pittsburgh Marathon verifying your registration.
Don't think you can meet your fundraising minimum? Contact Lauren DiMaria at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-321-4422 to set up your fundraising plan and guarantee your race spot today!
All Run to Cure CF team members will receive*
Run to Cure CF Gender Specific Performance Tee
Volunteer Led Group Training Runs
Coach provided Training Plans and Tips