In case you missed it, we had an absolutely fantastic time 2 Sundays ago! Amazingly…it did not rain. I repeat…it did not rain. Every weather forecast you saw predicted 90% chance of precipitation…but…I’ll say it one more time… it absolutely…positively…100%… did not rain! And from the number of participants out on the course, it seemed that there were a lot of people who chose to stay home rather than risk a cold, wet, early morning 13.1 mile slog over Seattle hills…but …incredibly…that didn’t happen in our group (despite a Facebook post from one of our team members who lives South of Seattle, stating that she was not going to show up if the weather turned out to be as…and I quote…. ” #$%*^@” as predicted…. but even she showed up.)
And…not only that…you were all on time! I’ve never had everyone show up on time before…maybe all the people who opted out due to the weather made traffic and parking less of a hassle? Whatever it was…it was awesome! We got a couple of team pictures…you all had some slack time to talk, discuss strategy, recap your holiday events…hit the port-a-potties…
Our finishline support showed up early…Thanks to our heart guys…Ron Adkins, Dick Fitzgerald, and Dennis Cole! Susan Bussell was at Channel 9 at 6:45am to pick up the banner for her cheering station at Mile #9…and we had nearly 30 people helping Luann Majeed with our water station at mile #2 and they were all on post at 5:45am….
Thanks to all of these folks for the fantastic raceday support….
Finish: Ron Adkins, Dick Fitzgerald, Dennis Cole; U Prep volunters; Niamh Kieran, Leslie Olsen
Water station: Luann Majeed; Shelby Shagle; Nancy Smith and family; Dixie Service; Starla Sage; Maggie Kim; Seth Hennesey and his son, Alistair; Linda Benefiel; Bridget O’Connor; Molly Simms; Kimberly Scheer; Turner Prewitt; Karen and Stephen Kringle; Heather Adkins; Kyle Mignalia
Mile 9 Support: Susan Bussell, Kalpa Ramanathadan, Michelle Mazzei, Chris Lee, Meleesa Wyatt
Expo: Tami Sadusky and Mike Anthony, Marty Chakoian, Mary Meister, Cindy Weber, Ameen Tabatabai, Dixie Service, Alicia Boyd, Chesca Ward, Colin Rines, Vanessa Whitacre, Karen Kringle
Post-race Party: Vanessa Withacre, Luann Majeed, Glenda Roberts, Ken Sutha, and Janette Morantes
And congratulations to all of our racers…Overall, we had 44 participate in the half marathon–24 were transplant recipients, living donors, and pre-transplant!
Jennifer Herlihy (Liver Transplant)
I think this might’ve been #20 for Jennifer…Hard to keep track! Great job, Jen…and thanks for being such a wonderful example of good post-transplant living!
She’s also now featured on the UW Medicine Homepage: Hit the 4th button: http://www.uwmedicine.org/Pages/default.aspx
Alvin Valencia (Kidney transplant)
This was number 11 out of a goal of 12 for the year. He’s counting it as his November race and has something else planned in December to make it one a month for 2013!
Shirley Schultz (Liver)
Great to have Shirley back and looking so strong…she’s finally made it to the sub-3 hour club. And if anyone had a chance to take in the Puget Sound Christmas Progam, it’s obvious the conditioning prepared her well for her performance…look for pictures soon on Facebook!
Mari Jo Fraser (Liver)
Somehow Mar Jo has continued to squeeze training into her busy life and was able to finish another half marathon….though it sounds like she’s “enjoying” a little downtown now that the race is over…
Jon McLees (Liver)
Jon surprised me by showing up for our last Leschi practice (He also did this to me about 11 years ago…he was right out of transplant and wanted to do the race but didn’t show up until our last Leschi Practice…amazingly …he finished the race that year!). It’s wonderful that he continues to be committed to the team despite living outside of Seattle, going back to school, having car problems, and starting a new job. Great to have him out there with us!
Mark Scott (Liver)
Once again, Mark made the Seattle Half a family event. So fun to see him including his son, Patrick!
Mark Rosinbum (Liver)
Mark is one of our original team members…He is the only one who’s participated in every Team Transplant Seattle Half Marathon…Congrats on lucky #13, Mark!
Lenard Yen (Liver)
What can I say about Lenard?…the guy runs UP Galer! He continues to blaze trails over on Vashon…can’t wait to bring Team Transplant to the island:-)
Terry Way (Liver)
Terry is another original team member who also makes training a family event by training and racing with his wife, Katy….though I’m not sure she’s been the best influenced based on an alleged text photo of him enjoying a Starbucks latte during the race.
Katy Folk- Way (Living Kidney Donor)
Katy had a brilliant performance…I think she may have even PR’ed…all this despite an unauthorized stop at a Starbucks along the way.
Ronnie Hoglen (Liver)
Another huge improvement…Ronnie took nearly 45 minutes off his time from last year…just think what these guys could have done if they hadn’t stopped at Starbucks! Next time you’re all turning your cards over to me before the race!
Micah Gwinn (Kidney)
Micah is always tough…his training partners now head to Arizona in November so Micah’s left to do the half marathon on his own in November… It doesn’t matter though…he shows up no matter what the circumstances and walks his heart (er..kidney??!) out!;-)
Suzanna Moran Litwin (Kidney)
It’s so fun to have Suzanna back after a 3-year break…her finish time of just over 3 hours definitely says that she’s back and stronger than ever!
Ameen Tabatabai (Liver)
This was number 4 for Ameen, and though he’d hoped to run, a knee issue slowed him down a bit this time. He made up for it later, however…when he announced that he had been awarded one of the Mary Gates scholarships at UW!
Glenda Roberts (Kidney)
Despite some back issues that limited her training, Glenda made it through the 13.1 miles and in a time comparable to what she’s done before! Once she gets her back ironed out, watch out…those times are going to fall!
Anu Ramanathadan (Kidney)
Anu succumbed to a blister at mile 10…and while I know she was disappointed, it was a phenomenal performance up to that point! Next time, Anu…we’ll get you through the final 3.1!
John Martinez (Liver)
John is another one who just continues to improve…his time this year was over 20 minutes faster than he’d previously done on this course!
Jonathon Baird (Liver)
Jonathon is one of our most consistent finishers…I think his training was slowed a bit this season with work commitments but he still managed to finish just over the 3 hour mark!
Greg Eisen (Kidney)
Greg is another very consistent performer with all of his Seattle Half Marathon times falling within 10 minutes of each other. Look for a big breakthrough soon!
David McCarthy (Living Kidney Donor)
David is one of our living kidney donors…he finished in 1 hour and 45 minutes! I guess living donors can do okay too:-)
Brian Lee (Liver)
I love having this guy on the team…he just continues to improve…he joined the sub 3 hour club with his performance here. Not only that…he was 11th overall among the male walkers!
Dave Lawson (Kidney)
…and speaking of loving to have someone on our team…this Dave was just transplanted this summer and had the audacity to show up and finish SECOND overall among the male walkers! This is good stuff, everyone!
Dan Lee (Liver)
Dan travelled all the way from Alaska to join us…he scheduled his medical follow up for the week after the race just so that he could be a apart of the race! He turned in another amazing performance by a rookie…made only more amazing by the fact that he was just transplanted this year!
Evan Klima (pre-kidney transplant)
Evan trained for the FULL marathon while also requiring dialysis…He not only finished 26.2 miles in just under 4-1/2 hours…he was called in the next day for a kidney transplant! https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=549107741849635&set=a.341663252594086.80662.328724140554664&type=1&theater
…and to everyone else who raced…my apologies if I missed someone (and I’m pretty sure I did)…THANK YOU SO MUCH for training with us and representing us!
Marty Chakoian, Janette Morantes, Susan Isoshima, Julie Sprinkle, Niamh Kieran, Andy Deckert, Mark Scott’s family, Mike Bailey, Shirley Schultz’s friend, Cal Sturdivant, Joe and Imelda Florenda, Laura Elliott, Sara Curtis…and Marcella Sanmartini…who is one of our UWMC volunteers and a very committed Team Transplant member for the past 10 years…and who WON the women’s 70-74 age group!
Again…thank you so much for a spectacular season and another amazing year of Saturday mornings filled with fitness and that great Team Transplant camaraderie…I so appreciate all of you and your commitments to the team and to living a healthy lifestyle!
Be sure to mark your Saturday mornings starting in March 2014. We’ll start up training again…this time for the Seattle Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in June…I’ll be sending out some very exciting updates soon!
Have a warm and wonderful holiday season, everyone!