Team In Training Launches Unique Endurance Programs in Portland and Eugene, OR

From Press Release –

The Oregon Southwest Washington Idaho Montana (OSWIM) chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is excited to announce the start of its first Team In Training season of 2011. Training teams are forming now for marathon, half marathon, cycling and triathlon events that will take place across the nation.

“Team In Training offers participants a unique opportunity to get top coaching from certified exercise professionals while training with a team of their peers and raising critical funds for cancer research,” Sarah Varner, Executive Director of the OSWIM chapter of LLS, said. “The program is designed to take participants at any fitness level from start to finish.”

Team In Training (TNT) is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) leading endurance sports charity training program, raising more than $1 billon to support blood cancer research and patient services. In exchange for raising funds, participants receive months of high caliber training by certified coaches, a supportive group of teammates and lodging and airfare to the event of their choice. Participants also receive tools and support to attain their fundraising goals, including a personalized fundraising web page.

Local blood cancer patients, known as honored teammates, cheer participants along from training to event weekend. TNT participants often say their greatest inspiration and motivation come from their honored teammates, who themselves face even greater challenges in their battles against cancer.

TNT is the leading endurance sports charity training program, preparing both amateurs and seasoned athletes. The reasons cited most often for joining the program are: the opportunity to meet new people and have fun as part of a supportive team; and the cause, raising money to help find cures and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

Taking on a personal challenge, accomplishing a goal and getting fit are also aspects that attract people to the program. Many participants dedicate their time and energy in honor of a friend or loved one who has had blood cancer. Still others are themselves cancer survivors who want to prove that they have stamina to take on a physical challenge.

Since its inception in 1988, when a team of 38 runners trained together for the New York City Marathon and raised $320,000, TNT has prepared more than 440,000 people—approximately 40,000 participants annually— to achieve their dream of completing a marathon, half marathon, triathlon, 100-mile (century) bicycle ride or hike adventure. The enormous success of this program has helped make possible advances in blood cancer therapies and treatments that have prolonged and enhanced the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients.

To register for an informational meeting to learn more about Team In Training in your area, please visit www.teamintraining.org/oswim or call (800) 482-TEAM.

ABOUT THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY:
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. www.lls.org.

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