TNT – Spring / Summer Season

Since joining the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training 2 years ago to run my first marathon I have stayed on in some capacity each season and run several local events.  Time has come to undertake one of their biggest national events again so I am lending my legs to raise money to fight blood cancer.

During the next 5 months I will be training to run the Rock-n-Roll Marathon in San Diego and working hard at fund raising for TNT.  Please take a minute to help!

To read more or donate on-line you can visit my secure site.  Donations can also be made by checks made out directly to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or simply LLS and mail to my home address.

Dan Cummings – 35 Sheffield Road,  North Haven, CT  06473

Since I have been a mentor with TNT for several seasons I was able to sign on for this event a little early.  If you would like information about joining the Team in Connecticut or one of the other chapters around the country let me know.



TNT – Connecticut Fall Season 2009

It is that time again as one TNT season winds down and another is about to begin for the Connecticut Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.   In a few weeks I will be doing  the Fairfield Half Marathon for the third time.  My first was on my own and last year I ran with TNT after the Rock-n-Roll Marathon in San Diego so my legs were not quite ready for the Fairfield hills.  Hopefully this year will be cooler less humid day.

After Fairfield my running schedule starts back up for the fall events. This season I was planning to run the Marine Corps Marathon but my name was pulled in the lottery so I will be running through the 5 burrows in the New York Marathon instead of heading to our nations Capitol.   


If you have any questions about TNT feel free to email me, and if I cannot answer your question I will put you in touch with someone that can.   Fall is a great time to run in New England so my plan is to follow the Marine Corps Marathon training schedule,  Run the Hartford Half with TNT and hop a train into the city for the New York Marathon on November 1st.  Sign up today and have some fun on the run!

Attention K-Mart Shoppers: Save at THE GAP

Yes… After all these years I still recall the advertising done by K-Mart for their Blue Light Specials. It was a great marketing gimmick for a store that did not survive in Connecticut.

THE GAP on the other hand including their affiliate stores BANANA REPUBLIC and OLD NAVY have done well offering value to consumers. In an effort the help stimulate your purchasing power the Give & Get event will be offered for the next 4 days giving you 30% off purchases and they will donate 5% of the amount you spend to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Just print the coupon and shop at one of the participating stores between March 12-15, 2009.

Friendly’s FUNdraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma

There has been quite a bit of news coverage lately regarding Leukemia. One story the sticks in my mind broke a few weeks ago about a 9 year old girl in Texas who had her dying wish of a wedding fulfilled.  For many families Leukemia is an unfortunate reality but there are thousands of runners that work hard each year to help bring and end to this disease.

In the Greater New Haven area Jill Alward is one of the Team in Training runners that is hard at work raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  As a team member she has committed to running 26.2 miles at the San Diego Rock-n-Roll Marathon and is required to raise over $4000 to secure her spot on the roster.jill-trainingrun

Every week Jill braves the elements to condition her body so she will be ready for race day.  Many times after an exhausting run her day continues into the night raising money in these difficult economic times.  On Wednesday March 11, 2009 she is hosting a FUNdraiser at Friendly’s on Universal Drive in North Haven.

We all have to eat so if you plan to dine at Friendly’s you will also be helping a good cause.  10% of your meal on Wednesday between 5-8 pm will be dontated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

If you cannot make it out Wednesday Night for Dinner or Ice Cream you can still support the cause with an easy on-line donation.

Friendly’s Restaurant – 140 Universal Drive – North Haven, CT  06473

Help Stimulate My Dynamite Ladies

Whenever I’m running a race and happen by an area playing T.N.T. it brings a smile to my face and sends a shiver down my spine.  Last year at this time I joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training ( TNT ) to run my first marathon.  I crossed the finish line on June 1st, 2008 at the Rock-n-Roll Marathon in San Diego and a year later I’m still running with TNT.

The names and faces change each season but the work remains the same.  Our primary goal is to raise money for Blood Cancer Research and during these tough economic times all the TNT participants have to work a little harder to meet the fund raising requirements to remain on the team.

This season I am taking a break from fund raising and instead working as a Mentor.  I feel fortunate because as in the  lyrics of the AC/DC song I have “Women to the left of me and Woman to my right”  Five young ladies to be exact and I’d like the see each one of them reach the fund raising minimum with the least amount of stress so they can concentrate on training.

If you know any of these running woman or are just in the mood to spread a little goodness feel free to give generously.


Jill Alward


Jennifer C

Jill Alward will be Running the Rock-n-Roll Marathon in San Diego on May 31,   2009.  Click Here to read more on her fund raising page.

Jennifer Charbonneau is training to run the Fairfield Half Marathon which is a tough course.  Click Here to support her.



Meredith Corvo will also be tackling the tough course in Fairfield on June 28th. To help her raise money Click Here.



Linda Stuckman is heading out to San Diego to run her first Half Marathon.  Click Here to learn more about her fund raising.


Jennifer T.

Jennifer Trasko will be part of TNT at the Fairfield Half Marathon. To help her finish off the fund raising visit her site by Clicking Here.

For more information on TNT visit the Team in Training Site.

TNT – 2009 Connecticut Spring Season

As the end of the year approaches I am looking forward to another season with the Connecticut Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.   This year my role will not be that of a fundraising participant but instead volunteering as a Mentor to help new members achieve their goal of raising money for research and crossing the finish line of their chosen event.

My first exposure to TNT came in January when I attended an information meeting.  The year prior I had run my first distance event on my own  at the Fairfield Half Marathon and since I planned to run again I thought it would be beneficial to hear about the coaching provided by the Leukemia Society.

Well.. at that meeting I decided to raise the bar and run the big one!   I committed to run the Rock-n-Roll Marathon in San Diego.  The Team experience opened my eyes to a whole new level of running and I stayed with the group to run Fairfield and Hartford.

Next month a series of informational sessions will begin the recruit members for the Spring Season.  Events include Running, Cycling or a combo of the two plus a Triathlon to add a little swimming.

Connecitcut Team in Training Events - Spring 2009

Connecitcut Team in Training Events - Spring 2009

If you have any questions about TNT feel free to email me, and if I cannot answer your question I will put you in touch with someone that can.

Here is a list of Info Meetings throughout the State of Connecticut during January 2009.  I will be attending the Meriden Meeting but will miss the Season Kickoff Celebration because I’m heading to Miami for my first marathon without TNT.

Marathon Training – Beyond the Halfway Point!

Training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on June 1st has past the halfway point and fortunately the worst of the winter weather is behind us. Running outdoors in Connecticut during the months of February and March can be unpredictable.

This year snow was somewhat scarce along the shoreline but February of 2008 saw record breaking rainfall. One of our training runs was canceled due to ice and another was postponed because of lighting but we had our share of running in the rain. March winds also gave us quite a chill coming off of Long Island Sound.

Below is the longest run so far, 14 miles! Training has been bumped up to 5 days per week with a mile per week added to our Saturday long run until we do a 20 miler two weeks before race day.

With all this running time slips away but the main focus of Team in Training is to raise money to help find a cure for Blood Cancers. Donations are still needed! As of today I have raised $3115.

Please help by making a tax-deductible donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A secure web-site accepts credit card contributions or you can email for postal mailing instructions if you’d prefer to send a check.

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