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I received a flyer in the mail about an organization called Team in Training. I guess you raise money for blood cancers and they train you in either running a marathon, cycling,or for a triathlon.Has anyone done this? I signed up to go to the info meeting but wanted to get some info before.
I've never been part of thier team, but to ease your fears, they ARE legit. Many people train and run marathons this way. They will set up a training plan, and in some cases, fly you to the event (I think). Race entry is included. Your commitment comes in the way of raising money for the organization For you to qualify to run the race, you have to raise a certain amount. They will explain all the details. From what I understand it is a great orgainization. May people run Boston using their services.
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I have a friend who runs the Wilmington NC Team in Training. I have never run for them but help him on Sat's with the groups long runs. As stated above they all stay at the same motel and fly together to the event, you have to raise money for the charity. Best part of it to me is mostly it is all first timers that do long runs together, his group has some of the local runners run and coach them during long runs, We also put put water in spots for them. Good spot for 1st timers who like group support.
Team in Training (aka TNT) is an awesome organization and way to train for your first half or full marathon event. You do raise money, but I had NOOOO problems at all raising the money. My chapter had a silent auction event, and I went to every local business that I liked (Lucky Strike, restaurants, hotels, pottery classes, gyms, etc...) and almost everyone was willing to donate something if I had all of the paperwork ready and with me to file it with their taxes. If you do that, I promise you will have no problem on the funds side. Even if TNT doesn't organize the event, local businesses are happy to help you hold an an event at their location. Bars, art galleries, etc. Just get creative!
After the money part is solved, the rest of the experience is just AWESOME! You have a whole group of people motivating your through each run, trainers keeping you on track, and giving you tips, and just the best overall experience!!
I hope that you decided to join the TNT team, and encourage all others considering it to do so also. You won't regret it!
Good Luck & Happy Running!