Locals train for marathon, raise money for cancer research

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Over the past several years local residents have raised over $50,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by training for marathons, half marathons and triathlons.  Now they are preparing to do it again!  The program, Team in Training (TNT), is a training and fundraising program in which participants train for an endurance event while raising funds for blood cancer patients in South Carolina.
Local coaches put together group trainings for the walkers, runners and triathletes.  TNT also hosts clinics on topics such as stretching and nutrition to assist participants along the way.  Since it’s inception, TNT has trained over half a million participants across the US.  TNT participants have also raised over $1 billion to fund life saving cancer research and to provide programs for patients and their families.
Last year, several Beaufort residents teamed up in memory of one participant, Wendy Garcia.  Members of Team Wendy completed the Nike Women’s Marathon and the Savannah Rock N Roll Half Marathon in her memory and have raised over $38,000 for LLS.  Each team member wore a picture of Wendy on his/her jersey on race day and crossed the finish line with her on their mind.
Team in Training is currently recruiting team members in Beaufort and Bluffton for their fall season events. Those events include the Nike Womens’ Marathon and Half Marathon, the Marine Corp Marathon, the Nation’s Triathlon and the Rock N Roll Savannah Marathon and Half Marathon. For more information or to sign up now, call Jade Lawson at 843-881-8176 or email her at jade.lawson@lls.org, or check out our website at www.teamintraining.org/sc.