Saturday, January 23, 2010

Meet the newest Team Members...

I'm very excited to announce that my racing and fundraising goal for Susan's Foundation has acquired some new team members! Randy & Sarah are both new runners training to run the half marathon in Seattle, Washington on June 26th, and will be raising money for Susan's Foundation during their training. Here's more on Randy & Sarah....

Randy & Sarah Swann
(Tucson, Arizona)

What is your previous athletic/running/racing experience?
Sarah- soccer player (many years), some volleyball, some softball, some track and field (400, 200, 100 and relay)

Randy- Does marching band count?

What do you anticipate the biggest challenges to be in training for your first half marathon?
Making time to train with night work, student teaching, and an 8 month old. Old injuries rearing their ugly heads.

What are you most looking forward to about race day?
Finishing the race and still being alive.

What are your biggest fears/concerns about race day?
Sarah- not being able to handle the hills. not finishing in time.

Randy- falling over dead.

Why did you decide to join the Team and run for Susan's Foundation?
Sarah- I think of Susan often and her foundation fulfills such an important need. It doesn't matter how much research has been done for treating/curing cancer if those who need the treatment can't afford to have it. Knowing that what I am doing to help raise funds will go to helping a cancer patient gives me the inspiration and dedication to keep running and go that one more step. Also, reading about Anna's runs gave me the courage to step up and join.

Randy- Sarah asked me to join with her and help support her as she supports both Anna and Susan. This foundation is so awesome in that it helps those who can't afford to get treatment. Susan's foundation helps to break a huge barrier to treatment.

Is there anyone else you'd like to challenge to join the Team and run in Seattle?
My mother, JoAn Ellsworth. Mom, you are preparing for your first mini-triathalon. You definitely could do the half-marathon with us! And what a great reason to come to Seattle!

Anything else you'd like to add?
We are definitely novices when it comes to running, but as we train, it is getting to be more and more enjoyable! When I am running and getting tired and ready to stop, I think of what Susan's Foundation stands for and the people it will help and I am able to run on! Thank you Susan for your love of life and the inspiration that you were and continue to be! I know you continue to serve and uplift everyone around you on your side, we love you!

Randy and Sarah's 8 month old daughter, Jolee--

The Swann Family--

Keep an eye on the blog to read updates on Randy and Sarah's training progress, and for opportunities on how to help them reach their fundraising goal.

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