Many of you know that I run for exercise, whether it’s on the treadmill in the lower CV area or on the trail west of the club. It’s my peace and sanctuary that allows me to have a few minutes of time to myself and keeps my heart and lungs strong. I used to race (10K, half or marathon) at least once a year but haven’t in a number of years. This year I am running a race to help cure a disease that goes against everything I know and love.
With a degree in exercise science and being the President of one of the top clubs in the industry, I have a strong passion for fitness and moving; ALS is a horrible disease that ultimately keeps you from moving. I have had the privilege to connect with an organization that is fighting this disease and making progress; ALS.TDI and Augie’s Quest. Augie Nieto was the founder of Life Fitness, a company that revolutionized the fitness industry by creating the indoor life cycle and you all know what happened after that….a multi-million dollar industry was created that has helped millions of people across the globe find health and fitness and make positive changes to their lives. Augie was diagnosed with ALS 11 years ago and since 2006 has raised over $45,000,000 to find a cure. I want you all to know, ALS is a curable disease, it’s just been underfunded. ALS.TDI is the scientific research institute that is conducting studies and is making progress toward finding a cure. They just need more money to do it and they need it fast.
I attended a fundraiser for ALS in March and met some more folks that have the disease. One gentleman was diagnosed two years ago and is walking with a cane now. Another was diagnosed in October, and is already in a wheel chair and finding it harder and harder to talk and eat. Needless to say, I counted my blessings, thanked God for the miracles that have occurred in my life over the years and said I was going to do whatever I could to help.
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club, along with a handful of clubs throughout the country, have made the mandate to start a team, create a goal for a certain number of runners, raise money and travel to Brooklyn on October 8, 2016 to participate in the Brooklyn Rock n Roll Half Marathon. Of course, the competitive nature running through my veins is helping us strive to have more runners than any other club. We are making this more than a Greenwood team; we created the Colorado Team Quest 4 ALS and are including participants from anywhere that want to walk/run with us to help find a cure for ALS. This is one simple race but if our team hits our goal of 60 runners we will raise $210,000 toward finding a cure.
You don’t have to be a runner to participate and with the help of our resident Elite Runner and Personal Trainer, Tristan Mitchell, you will be able to finish. We will provide you with a program, opportunities to participate in track workouts, training runs, and mobility classes to help you run pain free. More details about the race and fundraising requirements are located on our website at GreenwoodATC.com or feel free to contact me at 303.770.2582 x309, firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by my office.
Join, me, Tristan, Tiffany Levine, Sheri Warren, Joe and Sara Talbert and Shaun Cook and lets show New York what being Colorado Strong is all about!
Learn more and register to run today!
Paula Neubert, President and General Manager
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club