Train with TNT to change your life, raise funds to change the lives of others

Some people do it just to get off the couch and improve their health. Some people do it because their life has been touched by a blood cancer and want to make a difference. And some people do it for the camaraderie and the fun of being with others. For whatever reason, when you join Team in Training it gets us all closer to a world without cancer.

Team In Training is an endurance training program that prepares participants for walking or running half-marathons (13.1 miles), marathons (26.2 miles), century cycle rides (100 miles), and triathlons. TNT coaches tailor training for beginners to experienced athletes so each can achieve their individual goal. 

People make the most of their training by raising funds to help people with blood cancers live better, and longer lives.

An amazing story

One of TNT’s coaches has been inspired and inspires others. Ernie Lewis lost several friends to cancer and felt strongly about getting involved. He wasn’t the most experienced runner, but he had participated in a few local events. When he put his mind to it, he definitely made a big impact. He chose a marathon in Anchorage, Alaska for his first with TNT. He decided he had “to put himself out there” if he was to make a real difference in the cause to raise funds to help cure cancer. 

Lewis doesn’t just dedicate each race to one honoree who has been diagnosed with Leukemia or Lymphoma. He asks each person who contributes toward his goal the name and story of the person  they are honoring and he races for the entire group. His last event was dedicated to 117 people battling a blood cancer. Not only does he change the lives of those with cancer by raising money for research and patient services, but his life has been truly impacted.

How do I sign up?

Come to one of TNT's information meetings and hear past participants and coaches tell their experiences and get the details on how to join a team. It’s a great chance for anyone who has wanted to complete a marathon or an endurance event or travel to a different part of the country. There are upcoming spring and summer event opportunities in St. Petersburg, Florida, Vancouver, British Columbia, Lake Tahoe, Nevada and San Diego, California. If you would rather stay close to home, sign up for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon or the Greater Cleveland Triathlon. 

Local meetings:

  • Oct. 25 at noon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 23297 Commerce Park, Beachwood
  • Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m.,Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, 2345 Lee Road
  •  Nov.  1 at noon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 23297 Commerce Park,  Beachwood
  • Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m., The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 23297 Commerce Park, Beachwood
  • Nov. 9 at noon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 23297 Commerce Park, Beachwood

Bring a friend, encourage your book club or walking, cycling or running buddies to join TNT and learn how you can make a difference. 

Learn more at or call 216-910-1245.

Holly Coughlin is the campaign director for The Leukemia & Lymphoma's Team In Training.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:37 PM, 10.16.2010