Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Big Announcement

So we finally made the big announcement last week - I am teaming up with the Sea Dogs to raise money for and awareness of Tourette's Syndrome!

Last Tuesday the Sea Dogs held a press conference with me, Theo and Slugger to announce an awesome fundraising event.  You see, 20 years ago I was hired by the Sea Dogs (then the new Double-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins) to train their 'diamond in the rough' mascot, Slugger.  It was a great job!  We had a blast together!


But after the 1996 season, with Slugger fully trained, I went back to school, graduated, got married, started my career and started my family.

Well, with Slugger's 20th Anniversary looming, the Sea Dogs asked if I would be interested in teaming up again - sort of like getting the band back together again!  When they told me what they had in mind, I was "all in."

So on Sunday May 4, Slugger and I will be working together again.  We will meet on the field at Fenway Park and then walk - WALK - back to Hadlock Field!  That's 114 miles!!!

We've set up a donation page, because 100% of what we raise will go to Camp Twitch and Shout and TSA's Youth Ambassador Program.  Woot Woot!



We've lined up two sponsors (thus far)


And are in discussions with a few additional possibilities (hopefully they'll be more to come on that front).  And any business owners out there who wants to get on board now, please shoot me an email - 'cuz we are going to get some positive buzz on this from now through May 8th! 



All in all we are looking to raise 20,000 and, more importantly, raise awareness.  All three. TV stations carried the press conference and we had excellent coverage in the Press Herald and in the Sentry.  The response has been awesome - and humbling. In a little over a week, we've raised nearly $7,000 - a third of our way to our goal! I have a hard time believing it!

Oh, and Slugger and I will be blogging about our training at www.SluggerWalk.mlblogs.com.  So be sure to check that out as well.

More exciting news to follow . . . . 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Daylight Savings Time; Injuries and New Challenges/Opportunities

Phew!  It's been a while, eh?

Here's the round up for all the news that's fit to print  . . .


Injury Update:  I've been off the road and essentially out of commission since wrecking my ankle (being a knucklehead) on February 12.  It was a solid two weeks before I lost the limp and I am still not able to run - so I just sit and watch the weather start to get better and fester inside.  I've been going to PT three days a week and hope to be able to run soon. Here's a picture of the ankle a week after the "incident" (can you say "Fred Flintstone ankle"?)




Running Update:  Several weeks ago Anne announced that she had signed up for the Key Bank Vermont City Marathon in May.  She was looking for Renee and I to run it with her.  After all she did for me with the Dopey, I am really not in a position to say "no" to Anne, so I told her I would think about it.  Renee has run that race before and apparently swore she'd never run it again.  Renee did mention, in passing, that she'd run the Disney World Marathon with Anne sometime (more on that in a minute).  As I was "thinking about it," I suffered the devastating injury pictured above.  In the end, Renee and I were able to sign up for the relay, so each of us will be able to run 13.1 miles with Anne.  Phew!  Now I just have to get back on my feet.


runDisney Update;  Renee's passing comment about running the Disney World Marathon started a week of random runDisney events.  The day after the mentioned it, my father asked if Theo had brought up the 2015 Disney World 10k.  He hadn't, but I asked why "would he?"  Turns out when we were all down there for the Dopey, the Old Man offered to run the 10k with Theo next year.  Dad was relived to learn that Theo had not mentioned it and we agreed to not bring it up.  The very next day, literally, the very next day Theo says, "Boy, I've got to start training for the 10k!"  GULP.



So it was starting to look like someone in my family was going to go to Marathon Weekend.  And when Andy heard that Theo was going to run the 10k, he announced that we had to run the half.  DOUBLE GULP.


This was followed up by Anne announcing that she would be willing to do the Dopey again.  GASP!  And then, again over the course of a little over a week, Renee announces that she would consider running the Dopey.  CRAP!


So in the course of 10 days, we go from no plans to the following:


2015 5k - Justin, Renee and Anne
2015 10k - Theo, Pooh, Justin, Renee and Anne
2015 Half Marathon - Andy, Justin, Renee and Anne
2015 Marathon - Justin, Renee and Anne

A completely different experience from 2014 - very psyched about the whole thing.  Can't believe we're doing it again, but its looking like it's going to happen!  Sign ups are April 22 and the entry fees are so steep (like all things Disney) that there's no turning back once we've paid.

Fundraising Update:  I've had several meeting over the past several months about a fundraising event I've been working on with the Sea Dogs.  Can't get into too many (or any) details yet, but we've got some sponsors lined up and will be holding a press conference on Tuesday (30 days until Opening Day).  I think the idea is just crazy enough and the back story just sweet enough that we will get some good press and raise a lot of money.  My goal is $20,000, which is ambitious but I think it is doable.  I will post more details and links to various things as soon as we go public.  For now, I'll leave you with one clue:


More to follow . . . .