Today was the big day.
Today was the New York City Running Show.
Today JackRabbit Sports announced the six finalists in its Run For The Rabbit campaign.
Today, JackRabbit announced that I am one of those six finalists.
I am beyond thrilled and honored to have been selected as a finalist in this exciting venture. I can’t thank everyone enough for all the love, well wishes, support and crossed fingers during this very long selection process.
The press conference today was so exciting.
The other five finalists and I were joined on stage by our coach, Jon Cane.
Jon is going to be so amazing to work with and I can’t wait to get started training with him. He’s coached so many successful runners and now I get to let all of his knowledge and experience help me get to the start and finish lines at the Hamptons Marathon on September 24.
Lee Silverman, the owner of JackRabbit (who, by the way, is so nice and so knowledgeable), introduced the Run For The Rabbit initiative, then they showed a montage video that features the six contestants.
After that we each spoke for a minute about ourselves, our running history and our causes.
It was so exciting to get to speak with a live audience and to explain why I’m so passionate about finding a cure for Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis.
So at this point you’re probably asking the same question everyone has asked me today…
“Now that you got picked, um, what exactly does that mean?”
Let me break it down for you:
- I have to run a marathon. 26.2 miles. I’ve run four half marathons, but through RFTR I’ll be training to complete the Hamptons Marathon on September 24. I’m excited, but also terrified. I read so many blogs from marathoners who are out on the weekends doing their 15-20 mile training runs. I can’t believe I’m about to be one of those people.
- I get a running coach. Coach Cane is going to be guiding me throughout the training process. He’s going to give me a training plan and work with me to make sure my body stays healthy and I work hard. I can already tell he’s not going to let me slack off, even on the hard days!
- JackRabbit hooks me up. I probably wouldn’t have applied for this competition for any other store (Well…Does J.Crew do running competitions? Or The Container Store?), but JackRabbit has always been my go-to store for running gear. It’s where I bought my first pair of real running shoes, and it’s where I attended an info session when I signed up for Team Challenge! The JackRabbit staff is so smart and experienced and I totally trust them when it comes to fitting me for shoes and getting me everything I need for training.
- I raise money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. This is where the game becomes a competition. I’m competing against the five other finalists to raise the most money for my charity. I’ll of course be writing more about why CCFA is my charity of choice, but the short story is that I have Crohn’s Disease, my brother has Crohn’s Disease and tons of other people I know and love have the disease as well. Also, there’s no cure. It’s total BS. My goal is to raise money throughout my training that will go directly to research that will help find a cure for these autoimmune diseases.
- I get a prize. The competition isn’t about who runs the marathon the fastest. I mean, obviously I plan to run my first marathon Kara Goucher style and will most definitely come in under 3 hours, or maybe even under 2 hours. (Sarcasm, as if that wasn’t obvious.) The competition is for whoever raises the most money. At the end of the race, whoever raised the most gets to pick first from the coveted “prize pool,” which includes a trip to Kona, Hawaii, a trip to Napa Valley, round trip flights to I’m not sure where, and other awesome things. And as you all know, I could really use a vacation…
Any other questions?
My personal web page will be up on the JackRabbit site soon, so stay tuned. I’ll be Facebooking, Tweeting, blogging here and on the RFTR site and, of course, constantly brainstorming fundraising ideas. I want to go big with this one! If I can run a marathon, surely some geniuses can find a cure for some crappy (pun totally intended) diseases.
(I know they’re my competition, but I will honestly say that they are fantastic people and I’m thrilled to be training alongside them.)
Thank you again for all of the fabulous support. I’m so excited to get started.
Also, holy crap… I’m officially training for a marathon now…