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#ATL3Day Fundraising Update

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Hi everyone!

As I mentioned yesterday, my friends and family have responded to my fundraising plea for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day with immense generosity. As a result, I was able to meet my fundraising minimum within two weeks of sending out my primary fundraising letter. In fact, I am currently sitting at $2680 (including two offline donations that haven’t posted yet), a number that blows my mind. Literally, all I have done to raise that money, besides raising awareness through my training, is send out fundraising letters. It is a testament to the size of the hearts of my donors that WE have raised that much money, so quickly.

Because I view this as a team effort from top to bottom, I wanted to acknowledge all of my donors to date in this public forum. No matter the size of the donation, all of them matter and all are appreciated. So please join me in thanking the following people for their commitment to the cause of ending breast cancer forever:

Family

  • Roger Sager – Thanks Dad!
  • Mike and Kathy Cincotta – My incredible in-laws
  • David and Claudia Reeves – Mom’s brother and sister-in-law
  • Laurie and Larry Yaw – Mom’s sister and brother-in-law
  • Robyn and Colin Fink – Cousins on my mom’s side and new parents of Awesome Calvin!
  • Chumby and Lorelle Torkewitz – More cousins on Mom’s side
  • Doug and Lydia Warfield – Mike’s maternal grandparents
  • John and Pam Cincotta – Mike’s uncle and aunt
  • Sam Cincotta and Janice Eaton – Mike’s other uncle and aunt
  • Tom and Maureen Harrington – Not technically family, but basically Mike’s uncle and aunt

Mom’s former colleagues – some of the MOST generous people I know!

  • Domenick Gambardella
  • Brandi Hanback (and the Rockefeller Group who matched her donation)
  • David and Laura Ostheimer

Friends (from all walks of life!)

  • Andy Piazza – Race Chair for the Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure and my first donor!
  • Patrick and Amber Brown
  • Amie and Justin Collins
  • Bonnie Gartley – Go see her at Big Peach in Midtown if you need new running shoes!
  • Tim Long
  • Mike and Dawn Mazzanti – Some of my most dedicated supporters who ALWAYS come through for me!
  • Sarah Merrill
  • Tim and Janet Shoemaker

Fellow 3-Day Walkers (and friends, obviously!)

[I wanted to call these ladies out separately because they are all ALSO fundraising for their own 3-Day walks. Links to their fundraising pages are included!]

Many of these folks have left me incredibly touching words of encouragement and dedications for their donations. Bonnie donated in honor of her aunt and Sarah donated in honor of her grandmother, both of whom were breast cancer survivors. I am honored to walk for them, just as I walk for Mom, Marcia, and several others.

So, what happens now that I’ve reached my fundraising minimum? WE KEEP GOING. There are 33 days left for me to reach my personal fundraising goal of $5000. That means I need to average just over $70 per day until the walk steps off on October 16th. That’s not an insignificant challenge but one that I think is very much in reach. If you would like to help me reach this goal, you can do so by clicking here (or on the widget in the sidebar… or on the image at the bottom of this post… ). If you’d prefer to mail me a check, let me know via email (kscincotta@gmail.com) and I will send the directions for how to do that.

You may have noticed that I didn’t post the amounts that any of my donors contributed to my fundraising cause. That is because I believe that all donations, regardless of size, are worth equal acknowledgement. A $20 donation from one person may reflect a week of skipped Starbucks just to be able to contribute while $100 from someone else may be a drop in the bucket. What matters is the commitment behind the donation, not the amount of it. A commitment to more breast cancer research that WILL save someone’s life. A commitment to better screening and treatment for those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to it. A commitment to improved education around cancer for all of us. I may be the one walking the miles, but all of us are a part of this movement. Thank you for taking this ride with me!

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My 3-Day Fundraising Plea

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

The Atlanta 3-Day is less than five weeks away. Thanks to the incredible generosity of my friends and family, I have already hit my fundraising minimum. In fact, everyone was SO generous, I reached that important milestone within two weeks of sending out my fundraising letters (WOW!). Words cannot express how grateful I am to everyone who has donated to date. This is an important and personal cause for me, and it touches my heart to see everyone come together to support the great work of Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer.

HOWEVER! The walk is still five weeks away. That means there is still more time to raise money, and I don’t intend to stop trying until the clock runs out. My current fundraising goal is $5000, as it has been every time I’ve done the 3-Day. I would LOVE to hit this goal for a fourth time. But I can’t do it alone. So, to that end, I’m sharing my fundraising request here as well. Please read this to see why this cause is so important to me, especially this year, and what you can do to help. And if you know of anyone else who might be interested, I would be forever grateful to you for passing this on.

Thanks!


Dear Reader,

Shortly before my mom died of breast cancer last year, she told me something that I didn’t know. Unbeknownst to me, back in 2010, she had planned to walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day with my friends and me when we walked in memory of our friend Marcia’s passing. Marcia was my best friend’s mom. Marcia had gone through her cancer treatment alongside my mom for two years, enduring all of the ups and downs together before she sadly passed away in April of 2009. We walked to honor her relentless optimism throughout her battle and my mom wanted to be a part of that.

Unfortunately, that plan was derailed before it even got started. Mom’s cancer came back early in 2010, just as we were all starting to train and fundraise. She traveled to Boston with us in July and cheered us all on as “team mom”, never letting on that she had once hoped to be walking with us. Even then, she held out hope that she would eventually be well enough to walk those long 60 miles herself someday soon. Like me, she wanted to opportunity to give back to the breast cancer community that had benefitted her so much over the years. She wanted to take some responsibility for her own fate by raising money for the cancer research that had already prolonged her own life by several years beyond what her doctors expected.

Mom never got the chance to walk with me. While her health ebbed and flowed over the next few years, life kept me away from the 3-Day. I didn’t know she hoped to walk with me and I didn’t make the time to take on the fundraising and training challenges. When she told me her secret wish just a few weeks before she died, I knew immediately that I had to walk again. Whether by her side, with her cheering me on from the sidelines, or in her memory, I was determined to walk the 3-Day again. And this October, with her spirit guiding my feet over the streets and hills of Atlanta, I will do just that.

For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day is a 60 mile walk over the course of three days that raises funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and breast cancer research. A Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant has impacted virtually every major advance in the fight against breast cancer in the last 32 years. The money that we raise through the 3-Day will truly help to save the lives of untold numbers of women. In order to participate in this event, I must raise at least $2300 and would love to raise $5000. This is a huge goal and I cannot reach it by myself. Please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to help me reach my fundraising goal today.

If you would like to contribute, you can do so one of two ways. If you prefer to take the traditional route, you can mail a check to me at home (email me at kscincotta@gmail.com for my address). The check should be made out to “Susan G. Komen 3-Day” in the amount that is right for you and then I will do all the legwork to get your donation processed. If you prefer to donate online, please visit my personal fundraising page at www.the3day.org/goto/kscincotta to process your donation. Donations made online can be made as one time payments or in installments for up to four months. As you consider your donation, please keep in mind that many companies have matching gift programs, an easy way for you to double the size of your contribution!

The Atlanta 3-Day steps off in less than 60 days. That is not much time for me to reach my fundraising goals. But I am confident that together, we can get there. I am doing all of the walking. I just need your help with the fundraising. My mom never got the chance to do this walk. This year, I am walking for her. Please help me get there.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter. I hope that you will join me in taking part in this incredible adventure. Please share this information with anyone that you think might be interested. If I have learned one thing during my time with the 3-Day, it is that everyone, everywhere has been touched by breast cancer in some way. This is something that has affected all of us and together, we are working towards achieving the ultimate goal of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day: a world without breast cancer.

All my best,

Kristen Sager Cincotta

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Training Tuesday – Atlanta 3 Day, Week 1

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

This post is part of a series of posts that will document my 16 weeks of training for the Atlanta 3 Day in October. To read the rest of the posts in this series, please click here.

The first two weeks of training for the 2015 Atlanta 3 Day are officially in the books! It’s been hot and busy around here, but I’ve been doing my best to follow the training plan that I laid out in this post. In the interest of accountability, I’m going to do my best to use these Training Tuesday posts to recap how my previous week (or weeks) went. So let’s get to it!

Week of June 29th – July 5th

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A great moment from my first morning of training!

In general, the first week went well, although that isn’t really a surprise since it was basically the same running routine I’ve been loosely following for the last six months. I did miss my mid-week run on Thursday though due an uncooperative baby and some really exciting family news, although I justified that as being part of my “taper” ahead of the Peachtree Road Race. At this early stage in training, I can get away with skipping some runs here and there, but as the weeks go on, I’m really going to have to buckle down and get in my miles. Otherwise, the wheels are going to come off at the 3 Day and that’s just not okay with me. If I’m injured and can’t walk, that’s one thing, but if I don’t make it those 60 miles due to my own laziness? Nope. Not ok.

Monday

Ran 2.98 miles (plus 4 sets of strides) before work + 30 minutes of core strength before bed

Got in my miles super early and was treated to the most spectacular sunrise. This felt like a great omen for how the rest of my training is going to go!

Tuesday

30 minutes of core strength

At the beginning of June, I joined a 30 day core strength challenge on Facebook that KICKED. MY. BUTT. This was the last day of the challenge and I was ready to be done with it. The challenge was sit-ups, crunches, leg raises, and planks, with an increasing number of reps of each as the month progressed. On the last day, I did 125 sit ups, 200 crunches, 65 leg raises, and a 2 minute plank. I’m stoked I completed all 30 days (on time!) and I am definitely much stronger through my core than a month ago, but PHEW. That was a lot of work!

Wednesday

Rest day!

Wednesdays are always marked as running days on my training schedule, but I’m considering these Wednesday runs as my “bonus” runs each week. If I can complete them, I will. But my husband runs on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, so my only options for these runs are pushing the running stroller after work or on the treadmill at the gym at my office. By making these runs “optional”, I’m building in some schedule flexibility for when life things come up as well. In this case, I got caught up at work and didn’t have time to run. Oh well.

Thursday

Rest day!

This SHOULD have been an early morning run. However, Dash woke up right when I should’ve been heading out the door and just did not want to go back to sleep. So I got stuck. I thought about making it up at the gym after work but I forgot to bring my gym bag with me. TWO of my cousins had babies on this day and a large group of us were keeping up with all of the excitement via group text all day long. So I was just a tad distracted this entire day. I decided to just consider it a mini-taper before the Peachtree and settled in to look at pictures of the newest Reeves babies.

Friday

Rest day!

At a minimum, this should’ve been knee PT, and preferably a make up run, especially since I didn’t have to work. But I decided to use my rare day off to sleep in and I just didn’t get another chance during the day to get my run in. In the afternoon, we all headed to the Peachtree Expo, where I volunteered for the Atlanta Track Club. Love being surrounded by the energy of a race expo!


Hanging out at the Peachtree Expo with my fellow Atlanta Track Club Ambassadors!

Hanging out at the Peachtree Expo with my fellow Atlanta Track Club Ambassadors!

Saturday

Peachtree Road Race 10k (which, by my Garmin, was 6.5 miles – WHOOPS!)

One of my favorite races every year. Splashed down Peachtree in a thunder storm and finished in a solid 1:04:50. Still a few minutes off from my pre-pregnancy PR, but a solid effort. More details to come in an actual race recap soon!


Celebrating at the Atlanta Track Club Members' party after the Peachtree!

Celebrating at the Atlanta Track Club Members’ party after the Peachtree!

Sunday

One hour of “Yoga for Runners” from Yoga Today

A few years ago, I purchased three hour long yoga videos from Yoga Today that I absolutely love and “Yoga for Runners” is my favorite of the three. It felt GREAT after giving it a solid effort at the Peachtree the day before.

Total Planned Miles: 12

Total Completed Miles:  9.48

Total Cross Training workouts: 3/3 

Total knee PT: none (unacceptable, Cincotta!)

 

Week of July 6th – 12th

Week 2 brought with it my first back-to-back long training walks! I was able to finish both of them at a much faster pace than I expected, which was a big confidence boost. Of course, pace doesn’t matter AT ALL on the actual 3-Day. In fact, if you’re walking too fast, you’ll miss all of the best of the event. But I’m a busy person and those training walks are going to get really long, really soon. The faster I can bang out my training miles, the better!

Monday

Ran 2.95 miles (plus 6 sets of strides) + upper body strength before work

Got up early and got it done. I was surprised at how quickly I was able to complete my planned upper body workout, especially given that I was still sore from yoga the previous day.

Tuesday

Rest day!

Wednesday

Rest day!

I had every intention of running over to pick up Dash from daycare after work because we had a new water meter installed and I was working from home all afternoon. However, the workmen didn’t come back to check the installation and turn our hot water back on until almost 5pm, which was way too late for me to run over. In fact, they were so late, I didn’t make it to daycare at all. Hubs had to pick up Dash on his way home from work instead. Super frustrating.

Thursday

Ran 3.29 total miles of speed work (10 min warm up jog over to the track, 6 x 1 minutes at 5k pace with 2:30 minutes of recovery, 10 min cool down jog home)

This workout felt SUPER easy. I hit paces that were WAY faster than expected (I averaged an 8:20 pace!) and I felt like the recovery intervals were too long. It was encouraging, to be sure, but I’m clearly underestimating what I can do. Speed work should be challenging and this just wasn’t.

I received some pretty tough news at work on Thursday morning, so I was strongly thinking about pounding out some stress (and making up my Wednesday run!) by heading home from work early and running over with the stroller to pick up Dash from daycare. But when I left work, it was literally 100 degrees. Yeah, that wasn’t happening.

Friday

Rest day!

I had planned to do a second strength workout plus some knee PT before work but the baby woke up super early and didn’t really want to go back to bed. So I skipped it.

Saturday

Walked 5.06 miles early in the morning

Got up early to get these miles in before my day really started. I walked 2.5 sort of slow miles around the neighborhood with my “OG” training partner, Shenanigans, and 2.5 miles on my own. I decided to explore the undeveloped northern stretch of what will be the Eastside Beltline trail extension and had a blast. I walked along trails and abandoned railroad tracks and felt like I was miles and miles from home. I would never go this way if I was running due to the uneven terrain, so this was a nice treat.

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With my best girl and original training partner! The future Beltline!

Afterwards, I headed to the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market and helped Komen Atlanta distribute upcycled “market totes” made from old Race for the Cure t-shirts. Anything to spread the word and increase Race awareness!


Showing off my Pinterest skillz.

Showing off my Pinterest skillz.

Sunday

Walked 6.25 miles pushing Dash in the stroller followed by an hour of Ashtanga yoga

I expected that pushing the stroller would really slow me down (since it definitely slows down my running pace) but Dash and I really cranked on these miles. He was such a trooper too. Not too long ago, he would start fussing if he had to be in the stroller for more than 15 or 20 minutes, and today he hung in there like a champ for an hour and 39 minutes. Must be all that “base building” we’ve been doing walking around town and festivals for the past four months!

Yoga was tough but I was glad I got it done. I needed to stretch after pushing it for 11 miles of walking this weekend.

Total Planned Miles: 6.25-ish running, 11 miles walking

Total Completed Miles:  6.24 miles running, 11.31 miles walking

Total Cross Training workouts: 2/3 

Total knee PT: none (you’ll be ticked off when your knee implodes, Cincotta!)

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As always, I am putting in all of these miles to prepare for the Atlanta 3 Day which benefits Susan G. Komen. If you’d like to make a donation in support of my efforts, you can do so here. Thanks!

The Road to the 2015 Atlanta 3 Day Begins Here!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

After a bit of a blogging hiatus while I figured out the whole “working mom” thing, I am thrilled to jump back into active blogging in order to announce that I’m walking in the 2015 3 Day for the Cure in Atlanta!

Ok, so “announce” is a bit of a dramatic word. Most of my friends and family have known that I’m walking again for quite some time now. But it’s been five years since my last 60 mile go around, so I felt like this sort of deserved it’s own “Tada!” moment. So officially, I will be walking 60 miles in 3 Days here in Atlanta in October!


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Kicking off my 2015 3 Day training with a stunning sunrise!


For those who aren’t familiar with the 3 Day, this 60 mile walk (spread across, yes, 3 days) benefits Susan G. Komen at the national level. That means that all of the money that is raised goes to fund breast cancer initiatives, and most importantly to me, cutting edge breast cancer research. While the majority of the money raised through local Race for the Cure events generally stays in the area where it was raised to fund community-level breast cancer programs, the 3 Day funds RESEARCH. As a scientist myself, I know the power of those dollars. And this year, I will again be helping to raise those dollars by walking a lot of miles – both during the event and in the next 16 weeks leading up to it.

I will be posting more in the future (hopefully A LOT more) about the fundraising side of this adventure. For tonight, though, I want to focus on two things: my training plans and my pitch to all of you to join me!

Training Plans – Running and Walking!

While it is certainly not required, it is very important to me to walk all 60 miles of the 3 Day in October. In order to do that, and to do it with a smile on my face, I will need to train. And that means walking, walking, walking.


With my teammate Mel during my first 3 Day in Atlanta in 2007.

With my teammate Mel during my first 3 Day in 2007.


I’m not going to lie – I’m predominantly a runner these days, so the idea of slowing down to log some walking miles isn’t super tempting. But, running and walking really do use different muscles. Plus, there are gear challenges with the 3 Day that aren’t really a factor with running, even at long distances (have you ever run with a fanny pack??). So walking some serious miles over the next 16 weeks is going to be crucial.

That being said, I LOVE running races. I probably “race” too often, but I can’t help it. I love the energy of it, even at small community 5Ks, and I don’t want to lose that over the next four months. I’m also hoping to run a half marathon early next year, if not before the end of this year. So that means that even as I log more walking miles than I care to think about right now, I still want to maintain at least some level of running fitness throughout this journey.

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve spent some time playing around with training plans, including the 16 week plan that the 3 Day coaches recommend. After a good amount of time with my calendar (and talking things through with my husband!), I’ve finally landed on a somewhat convoluted plan that I think will let me get in enough walking miles to be fit for the 3 Day while still running enough to make me happy. Here’s the basic gist of how it will all work:

  • The training plan I’m following covers 16 weeks, ending the weekend of the 3 Day (October 16-18th, for those keeping track at home).
  • I will be following a modified 10 week 10k running training plan for most of those 16 weeks. I’m going to repeat the last three weeks twice in order to get to the full 16 weeks.
  • Every other weekend, I will substitute my Saturday long run for the long Saturday/Sunday back-to-back long runs of the corresponding weekend on the official 16 week 3 Day training plan.

Note: Most running plans feature one weekend long run followed by a recovery day. On the 3 Day, we walk 20 miles on three consecutive days. As a result, the most important feature of 3 Day training is walking long miles on back to back days so that your body becomes acclimated to bouncing back quickly. So running weeks will be one long run, usually on Saturdays, and walking weeks will be long walks on both Saturdays AND Sundays.

  • Every fourth week, I will substitute my weekday runs for the corresponding weekday walks on the official 16 week 3 Day training plan.
  • As best as I can, I am going to try to fit in up to three cross training sessions as well (two strength sessions + yoga). Fingers crossed!
  • Oh, and in the interest of not re-aggravating my ITBS, I’m going to try to do some of my knee PT exercises twice a week.

So, most weeks will look like this:

  • Monday – short run +  strength
  • Tuesday – rest
  • Wednesday – optional short run + knee PT
  • Thursday – speed work
  • Friday – strength + knee PT
  • Saturday – long run/race or long walk
  • Sunday – long walk (if applicable) + yoga

And my full walking weeks will look like this:

  • Monday – short/medium walk + strength
  • Tuesday – rest
  • Wednesday – optional short run + knee PT
  • Thursday – short/medium walk
  • Friday – strength + knee PT
  • Saturday – long walk
  • Sunday – long walk + yoga

More or less. There are some weeks where I’ll have to get creative, but for the most part, that’s what I’m hoping to do. My mantra word for the second half of 2015 is EXECUTE. I am fully committed to executing this plan.


With my teammates at Closing in the 2010 Boston 3 Day.

With my teammates at Closing in the 2010 Boston 3 Day.


Every week, I will try my best to post a recap of my training for the previous week. In the past, posting regular training recaps has really helped to keep me accountable and I expect that to be true again. I’m also hoping that when all of you see how hard I’m working to prepare for the 3 Day, you’ll be more motivated to help me reach my not insignificant fundraising goals. Wink,wink.

My Challenge to YOU

As all of us 3 Day veterans can attest, no one ever walks the 3 Day alone. Even if you start out alone, you are quickly absorbed into the pink bubble, surrounded by supportive “teammates”. As of right now, though, I don’t have any formal teammates, which is a first for me. I have a number of friends that I’ve met through the 3 Day who will also be walking in Atlanta (including some that I’ve never met before, despite “knowing” them online for five years!). So I know I won’t be alone. But I would love to have some official teammates as well.

Walking 60 miles in 3 days sounds like a huge feat. Raising $2300 in order to have that privilege can seem impossible. But I am here to tell you that it isn’t. I strongly believe that just about anyone can meet this challenge (and even if you don’t, your efforts in the attempt are still SO VALUABLE). My family members have recently become Fitbit-obsessed. I’m hoping that some of them kick it up a notch and take on the 3 Day with me. I also know a number of people who are on “get fit” kicks of their own. What better way to motivate yourselves than to take on the 3 Day?

Honestly, there are as many reasons to do the 3 Day as there are people who have walked it over the years. Whatever your reason, if you feel a pull in your heart to get involved, I strongly encourage you to do so. You will not regret it. The theme for the 3 Day this year is “Do Something Huge”. Make this your something huge.


My reason for walking, at the 2008 Atlanta 3 Day.

My reason for walking, at the 2008 Atlanta 3 Day.


If you choose to join me, the team I envision will be relatively informal. As a three time 3 Day vet, I can help answer any questions you may have and of course, we’ll celebrate together on the event in October. But your training will be up to you to execute (or not) as you wish, as will your fundraising. The primary focus of our team will be support and encouragement. This will be a 100% NO PRESSURE team.

I know a lot of people have expressed to me that they’re intrigued by the challenge that the 3 Day offers. Or that they’d love to do something, anything, to help in the fight against breast cancer. So this is your chance. Come walk with me in October. You can do it. I know you can.

If you would like to join my team, you can do so by clicking here. While you can sign up anytime between now and the event in October, I highly encourage you to register soon in order to give you ample time to fundraise and train. If you have any questions, you can shoot me an email here or tweet at me here. Or you can always just leave a comment on this blog post.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure! Whether you choose to walk with me or just to support from afar, we are all in this together. So thanks!

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While I am not kicking off my formal fundraising efforts just yet, my fundraising page is ready to accept donations. If you would like to make a donation in support of my efforts, you can do so by clicking on the link above or by using the widget in the left-hand corner of this page. Thanks!

Monday Motivation

Monday, August 19th, 2013

“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”

~ Orison Swett Marden

This weekend, I was incredibly inspired by this post on the Komen 3-Day for the Cure blog. I chose my quote for this week in honor of TJ and the amazing way she has boldly walked through her personal obstacles!

Fantasy Olympics Wrap Up!

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

I know that the London 2012 Olympic Games have long since come and gone, but I would be remiss if I didn’t update everyone as to the final standings for our Fantasy Summer Olympics League benefitting members of the #3DayTweeps!

Ultimately, our league was made up of 29 paid teams, although thanks to the generosity of our family, friends, and fellow #3DayTweeps, we actually raised $370 total. That amount was divided into a $145 prize for our overall winner (equal to half of the $290 collected as entry fees) and $225 that was distributed amongst the walkers and crew members who helped recruit participants for our league fundraiser ($145 in entry fees plus an extra $80 in bonus donations). In the end, the five registered walkers who participated each received a donation of $30 and the three registered crew members each received a donation of $25 (because Nicole Anderson generously re-donated her portion back to the walkers). Those donations were all made on August 9th, just in time for the Chicago 3 Day in which many of the participating tweeps were walking and/or crewing.

So, in conclusion, the following #3DayTweeps received donations from this fundraiser:

Walkers
Julie Brock
Val Daniels
Laura Davis
Bernadette Massey
Cheryl Pochapin

Crew
Lyle Deckowitz
Anne Marie DeSimone
Alison Glancz

As for our overall winner, I am thrilled to announce that a fellow #3DayTweep, Jennifer Carbary and her team, Save the Toucans, were ultimately victorious in our Fantasy Olympics League! That means that Jen is the recipient of the $145 grand prize. Because Jen had already reached her fundraising minimum for her 2012 3-Day walk in Michigan, she requested that I hold her prize money to donate to her 2013 fundraising efforts, which I have since done. Congratulations Jen and what a great use for the $145!

In case you were interested in how your team ultimately fared, the COMPLETE final standings for our Fantasy Olympics League were:

Gold Medal Save the Toucans Jennifer Carbary 1856
Silver Medal Lyle Lyle Deckowitz 1847
Bronze Medal Shannon Miller JT Shoemaker 1787
4 Alison Alison Glancz 1759
5 Bernadette Bernadette Dohmen 1725
6 Henry’s Picks Laura Davis 1685
7 Z Team Kizo 1678
8 Croatian Water Polo Helmets Kristen Cincotta 1649
9 I love the oylimpics Dustin Davis 1597
10 Irish Car Bombs Joel Jackson 1569
11 Team Batman! Anne Marie DeSimone 1568
12 Julie Walks…all over the medal count! Julie Brock 1551
13 Wes Wes Lyons 1531
14 Cheryl Cheryl Pochapin 1503
15 Fruitcakes Kate Jackson 1487
16 Pinkalicious Nicole Anderson 1485
17 wile e. wolverines Michael Cha 1459
18 Casondra Casondra Clement 1440
19 Bryan Bryan Miller 1417
20 Valcinda of Stokesdale Valerie Daniels 1396
21 Rikki Rikki Noel-Williams 1375
22 SHOEt for the Gold! Matt Shoemaker 1348
23 Mike Mike Cincotta 1344
24 Lisa Lisa Brewster 1343
25 Medals for Mimi Jen Rabbitt 1340
26 Cinvaldia of Stokesdale Cindy Adams 1332
27 Go Sis!! Nancy McKeown 1306
28 Mylia Mylia Liddell 1299
29 PKS Warriors Gretchen Peters 1261
30 Team Big Sis Kristin Moreland 1256

 

Our league website is still public and can be found here, in the event that you want to look over the results in more detail. In particular, you can find the “ideal” fantasy team of countries that would have accumulated the highest possible score here. Relatedly, my good friend JT Shoemaker (who finished third overall) did a tremendous amount of work calculating all of the point totals and updating the site on a daily basis. Please join me in thanking JT profusely for his efforts – I could not have run this fundraiser without him!

And with that, I think this Fantasy Olympics fundraiser is complete. I could not be more thrilled that every penny of the $370 that we raised is going to help 3-Day walkers and crew members reach their fundraising goals and, as a result, will be put directly into the fight against breast cancer.

Thank you for playing along! See you again for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games!

Fantasy Olympics Update – Results as of Day 10!

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

No Spoilers!!! I promise!!

As the London Olympics roll on, so to does our Fantasy Olympics League!

Before I get to the current standings in our league, I just wanted to make a brief note. As a head’s up, I will be donating the money that we raised through this fundraiser to the assorted 3 Day walkers and crew members that helped to recruit participants on THURSDAY so that those taking part in the Chicago 3 Day this weekend will have those donations recorded before their event kicks off on Friday morning. That means that if you haven’t yet paid for your entry, you have until Wednesday night to get that taken care of. If you would prefer to mail me a check instead of paying via Paypal, send me an email and I’ll provide my address. I’ll also include the total amount of those donations when I update our league standings again on Friday.

Speaking of the standings… our current leader remains Lyle Deckowitz, who is building on his lead with some amazing performances by the Brits on the bikes! Lyle is only 18 points up on the next closest competitor, and with seven days of medals still to be awarded, the title of league winner could still go to any  number of different people!

1 Lyle Lyle Deckowitz 1069
2 Save the Toucans Jennifer Carbary 1052
3 Henry’s Picks Laura Davis 999
4 I love the oylimpics Dustin Davis 993
5 Wes Wes Lyons 975

Remember to keep checking out our Fantasy Olympics League website for daily updates to see how your team is doing. And while you’re at it, how about sending JT (@Schrimnir) a thank you tweet for his hard work keeping our site up to date?!

Thanks for playing along! Fingers crossed for some more long shot medals on the track tonight!

Fantasy Olympics Update – Results After Day 8!

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

No Olympics spoilers here! We HATE spoilers!

As I predicted in my last update, now that the action has moved from the pool to the track, we’ve had a bit of a shake up in the standings in our Fantasy Olympics League. On the surprise strength of Tier 4 teams Kazakhstan and New Zealand and Tier 5 team Mongolia, Lyle Deckowitz has taken over the lead, with a huge 826 points, 50 points more than the next highest team. In order, the top five teams at the end of Day 8 of Olympics competition are:

Rank Team Name Player Name Total Points
1 Lyle Lyle Deckowitz 826
2 Henry’s Picks Laura Davis 776
3 Save the Toucans Jennifer Carbary 759
4 I love the oylimpics Dustin Davis 746
5 Bernadette Bernadette Dohmen 735

As always, you can view the full standings for our league on the league website. JT has been updating the standings each morning around 10am to reflect the previous day’s results, so you can be confident checking the site that you won’t be spoiled for the current day’s events. In addition, you can view the full list of countries participating in the London Olympics organized by tier and the number of medals they’ve each earned here.

Thanks for playing along and good luck!

(Oh, also: GUATEMALA!! COMING THROUGH FOR TEAM CROATIAN WATER POLO HELMETS WITH A TIER SIX MEDAL!!)

Fantasy Olympics Update – Results as of Day 6

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

No Olympics spoilers here, I promise!

Just a quick update today on our Fantasy Olympics league that I am running as a fundraiser on behalf of a number of my friends walking/crewing in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. As of the completion of the events on Thursday, North Korea and South Africa are still proving to be Tier 4 powerhouses and our previous leader, Nancy McKeown is still holding strong with 514 of 802 possible points. As for the rest of the top five, things currently look like this:

Rank Team Name Player Name Total Points
1 Go Sis!! Nancy McKeown 514
2 Henry’s Picks Laura Davis 510
3 Rikki Rikki Noel-Williams 509
4 Bryan Bryan Miller 499
5 Team Big Sis Kristin Moreland 492

As a reminder, you can view the full standings for all 29 teams on our Fantasy Olympics League website. We are updating the results on the website each morning (usually around 10am) to reflect the results of the previous day’s events (so no spoilers unless you scroll down to the actively updating medal count widget from NBCOlympics.com). While six full days are already in the books, there’s still an entire week of competitions left to go. And with a lot of the action shifting from the pool to the track and with all of the team tournament event medals left to be awarded, it’s still anyone’s game to win!

Thanks for playing along and GO KENYA/JAMAICA/ETHIOPIA! Let’s win this for Team Croatian Water Polo Caps on the roads and the track!!!

PS: If you’re an Olympics Super Fan like I am, you NEED to be reading fellow Olympics Super Fan Samuel Jackson’s twitter feed. It is EVERYTHING you want it to be.

3 Day Mug Update!

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

As some of you may remember from back in 2010, I have a coffee mug that is somewhat famous on the internet. 3 Day Mug has her own Twitter account, Facebook page, and now, a Tumblr blog where she updates the world on her adventures traveling to as many 3 Day events per year as possible. After traveling to 11 events in 2010, Mug took a step back last year due to her fragile state and only made it to three  3 Day events (Seattle, Atlanta, and San Diego). It just got to be too expensive to ship her with proper safety packaging, especially with the tight turn around between many of the events that required expedited shipping. So Mug took it relatively easy last summer and fall, mostly holding my pens while I wrote my dissertation.

This year, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with Mug. She still has a fairly good sized following, especially on Twitter, and I wanted to be able to get her back out on the 3 Day circuit for 2012. However, unlike people, Mugs don’t heal and the question of fragility was still a deal breaker for shipping Mug around the country. Thankfully, my dear friend Julie came up with a brilliant solution: she made a felted version of Mug!

"Aunt" Julie and MugSD

Because this Mug (who we have affectionately dubbed Mug’s Stunt Double or MugSD) is soft sided and light weight, she is infinitely easier to send around the country on adventures. MugSD will also be a lot easier for people to carry with them on events, as she doesn’t require a separate protective carrying case like the original Mug does. All in all, it’s a MUCH better situation and will allow everyone to have as much fun with Mug as we can think up.

So, with the new Tumblr all set up (a change from Mug’s old blog that I made in the interest of more timely posts), this past weekend, MugSD took off for the Boston 3 Day in the willing hands of my friend and super crew member Alison. It sounds like it was a great weekend all around, with lots of folks getting the chance to meet MugSD as they came through Pit Stop 4 where she was stationed with Alison. If you’re curious, you can read all about MugSD’s time in Boston here:

Day 0 – crew day!

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Boston Wrap Up

So that brings us up to this weekend. This weekend is the Cleveland 3 Day walk and due to a last minute change in plans by my friend Anne Marie, MugSD is skipping that walk. However, I’m hopeful that this will be the only event that MugSD misses in the 2012 season. However, I only have hosts for MugSD lined up for just under half the events on the schedule. The events that MugSD still needs hosts for are:

Twin Cities (August 24 – 26)

Seattle (September 14 – 16)

Philadelphia (October 5 – 7)

Washington DC (October 12 – 14)

Tampa (October 26 – 28)

San Diego (November 16 – 18)

I also have options for hosts for both Atlanta (October 19 – 21) and Arizona (November 9 – 11), although those volunteers will have already hosted MugSD once this season and I want to diversify the Mug hosts as much as possible. I am especially anxious to get someone lined up for the Twin Cities event since that’s coming up pretty soon. The only thing that I ask is that anyone who hosts MugSD is comfortable posting to Twitter since that’s where the majority of Mug’s posts on Facebook/Tumblr originate from.

Please, please, PLEASE, if you’re a Mug fan, look over the list of events that I need Mug hosts for and let me know if you would be interested in the job!

Thanks for keeping the Mug love going and happy 3 Day season!

Original Mug, tweeting he support for the 3 Day walkers and crew in 2011.