|Children benefitting from Recreation Deeds for Special Needs support. Photo found online.|
When I was planning my wedding, the thought of participating in a tri and overcoming my open water fear was was too daunting to take on, but I did participate in a few charity runs and walks, which are a great way to shape up for the big day. In my post, Shaping Up and Helping Out I shared some great 5ks, 10ks and even marathons that benefit a score of charities from domestic violence prevention to diabetes to breast cancer.
But, if getting ready for a tri sounds like the perfect plan for getting in shape for the big day. there are training programs, like Team in Training (TNT), that provide flexible, group training while raising funds for blood cancer research, education and prevention. TNT began in 1988, when Bruce Cleland formed a team that raised funds and trained together for the NYC Marathon in support of Cleland's daughter who had leukemia. To date, Team in Training has raised over $1.3 billion dollars.
|A TNT team on race day. Photo found online.|
TNT is a great way to get in great shape and give back. If you're like me and you have already been training on your own, you can understand the benefit of having the support of others during those long rides and runs. If you're already training and looking for a few events that give back, here are a few options.
I'm looking forward to this weekend and to the post-race celebration with my very patient husband. Thank you, Andrew for all the support and for "training" with me! I'm hoping to give Andrew a break for my next endeavor by participating in the TNT program- and maybe next year I'll give us the anniversary weekend off :)