A Quiet And Humble Inspiration

Posted: October 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

On this day in 1997 I coached my first marathon Team.  I had the honor of taking 200 dedicated runners and walkers to Dublin, Ireland as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America’s Tean In Training program.  This TEAM raised the bar extremely high by raising more than $750,000 to support the LLS mission.  This was the beginning of an amazing 17 year journey as a coach if charity runners.

On person in particular on that TEAM continues to be an incredible source of inspiration, Edward McIntyre.  Ed has run 16 consecutive Dublin marathons in memory of his brother, niece and countless others that have been afflicted with blood cancers.  Here is an excerpt from his fundraising page:

“Running marathons to raise money to fund leukemia research started out as personal.  Losing a brother and niece surviving a harrowing ordeal, I and my children have had too many friends and loved ones succumb to leukemia.  Indeed cancer continues to touch all our lives in some way or another.  I’m committed to raising $6,000 which I hope to exceed with your generosity.  Together we have the power to conquer leukemia.”

Ed’s legacy hasn’t been lost on his children.  I also had the privilege of training his daughter Kate.  Here is her post on Facebook today:

“‎17 years ago this month, my dad sat on the Tarmac at Logan Airport & promised God if he helped him finish one Dublin Marathon for Leukemia Society, he would do 9 more. Today marks 16 more. God please be with him from start to finish! What determination! What inspiration!”

My thoughts will be with Ed and his Team In Training teammates as they run the Dublin Marathon today to give hope and the gift of life to the honored patients and heroes of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Here is Ed’s fundraising page if you would like to support his efforts:

Ed McIntrye

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