About TEAM IN TRAINING (TNT):
Team in Training (TNT) is the #1 running, walking and cycling endurance training program in the country, accounting for 25,000 marathoners last year. Participants undergo personalized training to run or walk in marathons or half-marathons or to cycle a 100-mile century ride. There are TNT teams in more than 85 markets participating in more than 35 accredited marathons and century rides nationwide, as well as the Dublin, Vancouver and Bermuda Marathons.
In the Beginning
The TNT program started in New York in 1986 when Lucy Duffy, a participant in the New York City Marathon, passed out pledge forms to solicit donations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for each mile she completed in the 26.2 mile course. Mrs. Duffy raised $30,000 for the Society. Sadly, her husband lost his life to leukemia two months later. TNT continued to grow in strength. In 1988 Bruce Cleland, a volunteer in the Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter, whose daughter was stricken with acute lymphocytic leukemia, developed a team, and incorporated a training and a fundraising approach with the campaign. Bruce and his teammates completed the 1988 New York City Marathon, raising $320,000 for the Society. Team in Training is the original charitable fundraising marathon program.
Team in Training Fundraising Goal
Since 1988, Team in Training athletes have raised more than $350 million. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's goal is to raise $75 million in the 2002-2003 fiscal year through TNT.
Participants raise funds through individual donations and corporate sponsorships. The money is applied to research, patient aide and public and professional education programs of the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Team in Training Participants
More than 19,000 novice and experienced runners, walkers and cyclists will experience the thrill and sense of accomplishment that comes from completing a marathon or century ride. Team Members complete their events in honor or in memory of a patient with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease or myeloma. As they begin their own personal challenge, they are constantly reminded of their "Patient Hero" who is fighting his/her own battle.
Team in Training Sponsorship
The Team in Training Series is nationally sponsored by Runner's World magazine and Finish Line. Other local and national sponsorship opportunities are available.
New Mexico El Paso Chapter
As of November 2001, approximately 425 walkers, runners and cyclists have completed the New Mexico/El Paso Chapter's Team in Training program. These participants have raised nearly one million dollars to support the research, patient aid, and education programs in New Mexico and greater El Paso.
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