Monday, June 14, 2010

MMRF 5k Race for Research

It's been a while since I ran a 5k, and today I am happy I did. My family and I gathered this past Sunday with many others to run, raise awareness and of course money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. It was MMRF's annual 5k run/walk in New Canaan, CT. It was a fun event, and you could feel the love and spirit all around. It really had a great community feel in a beautiful town, and thankfully it was a very successful fundraiser. I believe the announcement said over $350,000 was raised.

Kathy Giusti, Co-Founder and CEO of MMRF spoke briefly before the run as did Ann Curry. I met Kathy briefly last year at the NYC Marathon. I recall her positive energy and genuine excitement watching all the runners, although as you would expect there was a little extra for the MMRF Team Members when they came by. Truly a great leader for this cause. I have never met Ann but it was nice of her to come out and share some positive words.

We also ran into many friends including Alicia O'Neill and Jane Hoffmann who head up the Marathon Program. I have said it before and I will say it again, if you run for the MMRF, Alicia and Jane will provide all the support you need. They are great!
This was also an exciting day for Tani and I as our boys participated in this great event. They followed their first race last week (TNF's Karno's Kids Race 1k) with their first 5k today. We ran together and it was special (actually Isla rolled her way to an impressive finish:). For the record, Jared finished in 32 minutes and Kyle in 39 minutes and most importantly, they say it was fun.

Here are some cool videos of my family running. Great cause and fun memories. And don't forget if you would like to contribute just click on my fundraising page. Peace

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