Schedule Update- May 27

Schedule Update- May 27

I hope you’ve had a great week…hard to believe we’ve only got 3 practices left for this season!   While the season may be winding down…our mileage is definitely not…at least not just yet….and neither is your energy and spirit…

I thought you’d enjoy an update on some of the events your teammates have been involved with this past month…

Steve Philips

“Today (May 7th)  I was in Wenatchee for Apple Blossom Festival. So I did their 10K run. Made it, but it was hard. I haven’t gotten a formal time yet, but it was around 11:10/mile. A surprise as that’s a PR for me!”


Jennifer Herlihy

“I’ve been focusing on speed work for the Transplant Games of America in June.  I did a 5K yesterday (May 22nd )  for a check in on how my training is going and I did great!   25:18 finish – 8:10 minute miles, won my age group!  YAY!   I’m feeling strong for the games!”


Linda Benefiel

Linda Benefiel celebrated her birthday weekend by running the West Seattle 5k on Sunday, May 22nd …her time was 29:26—good enough for 4th place I her age group!

Mark Scott

“This is the 12th year our family has taken part in Beat the Bridge (May 22nd).   Patrick , our son, who has Type 1 Diabetes, ran the course with some of his friends.  My wife, Monica and I  walked the route through the UW campus. Susan Isoshima also ran the course and she actually beat the bridge!  Patrick’s team, The Mighty Ones, has raised over $16K so far… and the contributions are still  coming in.  Overall, the event brought in $1.7 million to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) which is the biggest contributor to  Type One Diabetes research in the US.”

Brooks Inspiring Coach Award…I think I’m a little late in saying thank you to all of you who made the effort and took the time to nominate me.  As always, I’m humbled by your gratitude and appreciation…though the truth is I’m just as grateful to have all of you in my life…and I love being a part of all your journeys…

But…as it turns out, you all must’ve said a lot of nice things as I was chosen to be one of their 13 Finalists.    The overall winner will be announced next month…June 17th ,I believe… the day before the Rock’n Roll Half!   If you’d like to see who I’m up against and learn more about the award, you can go to:

Schedule Update – May 13

Schedule Update – May 13


We are back at Seward Park tomorrow and expecting another spectacular Team Transplant morning… if you have not yet liked us on Facebook, you do so now… I’ve been posting pictures every Saturday so be sure to take a look to see if you’re in any of them!  And …if you haven’t been coming to practices…you can see what you’ve been missing!

I also want to give shout outs to our volunteers…Really…I can’t emphasize how much they do and how important their role has been in keeping our practices running this season!

Homeland Security

·         Janette Morantes—Janette is often the one up early and setting cones to mark our routes; She also helps with storing and transporting our practice supplies; and is often a back-up water station volunteer.

·         Julie Sprinkle—Julie coordinates volunteers for Saturday mornings; assists with setting and retrieving cones; and provides back up as a water station volunteer.

·         Susan Bussell—Susan also helps with course set up; purchasing practice and nutrition supplies; is a back-up water station volunteer; and filled in for me one Saturday morning.

o   Janette, Julie, and Susan have been involved with Team Transplant for OVER 15 years!

·         Susan Isoshima—Susan helps maintain our paperwork and manage our apparel inventory

·         Mike Gave—Mike is our data entry man and maintains our database. He also provides additional support by monitoring our practices on his bike!

o   Mike and Susan have been involved for 5 years!

·         Ron Adkins—Ron continues to be our main water station volunteer…He manages sign-in/sign-outs for practices and keeps an eye on all your car keys once you take off for the workout!

o   Ron has been involved for over 14 years!


·         Afsoon Sehat—Afsoon is new to our team this season and has really stepped up to help with our water stations at practices this season…She is  the reason we’ve been able to have them at so many practices!

BBQ Planning and Team Snap

·         Jon Baird—Jon has taken over post-race celebration planning and is doing an amazing job!  He’s also the one managing Team Snap for us…and sending out additional reminders!



·         Maggie Kim—She manages our book keeping and serves as a liaison to the UWMC and the transplant department…and I just spoke with a UW financial person who only knows her for the bookkeeping works she’s done for our team…and she said, “Maggie is a rock star!”

Glorious Weather for the 2015 Seattle Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon

Glorious Weather for the 2015 Seattle Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon

 group_start_webWe had a fantastic time at the Seattle Rock’n Roll Half Marathon several weekends ago!   While we had a smaller showing at this event, our presence was just as strong as always!  Our team consisted of 9 veterans and 3 Team Transplant transplant rookies…and from the looks of things…our team is going to be in great shape for many seasons to come!

·         Our team was led by two of our rookies…Liver recipient Steven Philips and Lung recipient Cliff West both had remarkable debuts…both were UNDER the 3-hour barrier!   Steve clipped Cliff by a little over a minute with a time of 2:53:29 over Cliff’s 2:54:49!   The challenge is on, my friends!

·         Our next finisher was liver recipient Mari-Jo Fraser.  While she may not make it to many practices, she is always someone we can count on to make it to race day!   Despite having her training time squeezed by baseball practices and games; and attending her sons’ sports activities…she still managed to complete the 13.1 miles in 3:05:29!

·         Our next finisher was Joyce Jackson from the NW Kidney Center!    Joyce has become a regular member of our group…and her commitment to practices has clearly been paying off…Her time of 3:10:57 is almost 11 minutes faster than her time back in November for the Seattle Half!

·         Lenard Yen, liver recipient, was next across the line…Len is another who’s always up for a good race.  He had another fantastic day finishing the course in 3:17:21…and I’m certain that he made sure that those around him enjoyed every single one of those 3 hours and 17 minutes along the way!

·         Greg Eisen, one of our kidney transplants and another very committed team member, was not far behind, finishing in an excellent time of  3:35:01—15 minutes ahead of his time for the Seattle Half last November!

·         Close behind was another one of our 2015 blue chip rookies….Lung recipient, Kimberly Nunes, paced by Diana Cutler, made her Team Transplant and half marathon debut with an outstanding time of 3:38:30!

·         Liver recipient, John Martinez, who just gets stronger each season followed with a very fine time of 3:57:19—his 2nd time to dip under the 4-hour mark!

·         Congrats to Luan Majeed, Pia Dizon, and Angela Wagner who also participated in the half marathon!

We also had a crew who decided to take a step back this season and focus on a shorter distance…Nancy MacNeil (liver) and husband, Bruce; Dennis Cole (heart) and wife Carol Lynn; Jon Baird; and Susan Isoshima all competed in the 8K!  I’m sure that next season they’ll notice benefits from all the quickness they gained from doing a shorter, faster race!

I also want to say thanks to our awesome race day support and cheering crew!  Ron Adkins was there for the start to check folks in and stayed…along with Dick Fitzgerald… until our last finisher had crossed the line and was accounted for!    Dixie Service along with her son Gavin,  Carla Trulson Essenberg and Dave Trulson, and Micah Gwinn all provide very spirited support out at mile 8!   Leslie Olson was there to cheer  everyone on over the final stretch before entering Memorial Stadium!  Your energy and support made all the difference in the world!

And…finally…thanks to Jon Baird for his awesome post-race celebration planning!    With Janette Morantes out of town, he had some very big shoes to fill, and he more than made the event special for us!   Thanks to the party helpers…Susan Bussell, Susan Isoshima, Mike Gave, and Lenore and Steve Miller…Thanks to Luan Majeed for her help with the invitations…to Maggie Kim for making sure that all of our checks were on time and went to the right places…to Tami Sadusky for coordinating the new logo on the gargoyle (Congrats to the Bakery Buns!)…and  to Michael Bailey who made sure the yard was cleaned up and the house paint dry so that once you all arrived, you could go to town with the setting up!

Big Backyard 5K Fun!

Big Backyard 5K Fun!

We had a fantastic time last weekend out at the Big Backyard 5k!  We had about 30 people participate and while we were not the largest group represented, we did get a nice shout out from Brian, the race director, at the post-race awards ceremony…
I want to make sure to mention to Team Transplant…If you’re looking for inspiration, go to these guys…It’s incredible what they’ve all gone through to be able to do this 5k race!
I’m thinking next year we need to work on taking top honors for the number of team members (which means we need to recruit about 60 more people to come out and join us!:-)
Other memorable moments from Sunday…
  • Susan Bussell, RD and core member of TT Homeland Security, ran by me at mile 2 and said, “I need to slow down….”  She was way off her predicted pace, and while it may not have been in the best interest of her team, she managed to place 2nd in her age group and picked up a cookie medal for her efforts!
  • Dennis Cole, heart recipient, as he gave me his keys before the race, said…”I’m afraid the extra weight will affect my pacing.”   And afterwards, when he found me to retrieve his keys…his comment was, “I guess I should have kept them…I could’ve used the extra weight to slow me down.” 
  • Janette Morantes, RN and core member for TT Homeland Security, commented as she ran by me with her dog, Enzo, “The key is to not let him get in the grass!”  (We’ve all seen what happens when Enzo goes to the grass…he lays down and doesn’t move!:-)
  • Tom Richardson, father of living kidney donor Willie and grandfather of living kidney recipient Jack Frank)..
After the race, he said…”Willie asked me what I was going to run, and I told him 44 minutes.  He said, ‘you should put down 41.'”   
“What did you put down?”   I asked.
“Oh…I went with 44,”  he said…shaking his head.
 “What did you end up running?”  
“40:30,”  he said with a sly grin.
Huge thanks to Janette Morantes for showing up early to put out a cone so that everyone would know where to meet; Kudos to our Team Captains: Glenda Roberts–Team Hope; Tami Sadusky and Mike Anthony-Team Fig Newton; Susan Isoshima and John Baird–Team Spare Parts; and Lenard Yen and Mark Scott–Bakery Buns;  and anEXTRA BIG THANK YOU to John Baird for once again treating us to his special version of Nieman Marcus chocolate chip cookies!
I’m still waiting for all the results…and will let you know as soon as possible who the proud guardians of the gargoyle will be!
Great job, everyone!
Seattle Marathon 2013 – Team Transplant Recap!

Seattle Marathon 2013 – Team Transplant Recap!

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:

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!!/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!