Joining LLS’s Team In Training Guarantees Spot in Nike’s Women’s Marathon San Francisco

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The Nike Women’s Marathon, held in San Francisco on October 16th, is so popular that women who want to participate have to enter a lottery. But those who sign up to train with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training are guaranteed a spot in the race.

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TNT is the 'sea of purple' that everyone sees at this race each year. We’d like to support women and men in making their training more purposeful by joining Team In Training.

On October 16th, 2011, running enthusiasts and cancer survivors will celebrate the eighth year of the Nike Women's Marathon to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 20,000 women will race together through San Francisco to raise funds and awareness for blood cancer research and patient services. The event has grown so popular that the ability to participate is now determined by lottery. Women who sign up to train with LLS’s Team In Training (TNT), however, will automatically secure a spot in the race. In addition, they will get all the support they need to get physically fit and raise funds to help LLS in its quest for a cure.

“TNT is the “sea of purple” that everyone sees at this race each year. We’d like to support women and men in making their training more purposeful by joining Team In Training” says San Francisco Team In Training Marathon Director Monica Healy. “Our program will not only get you ready for the upcoming race, you’ll get lots of inspiration along the way. “

TNT provides comprehensive Bay Area marathon training for participants – both first-timers and seasoned athletes. This includes: dynamic, hands-on Bay Area half-marathon training or full marathon training from world-class certified coaches; alumni mentors and a personal web page for fundraising support; and training and social events with your team that build lifelong friendships. TNT offers two training options: traditional training with a coach and a local run or walk team, or the new TNT Flex, a customized online training program.

The Nike Women's Marathon has become an incredibly popular race over the years because it is a symbol of women’s strength and camaraderie. The race starts at 7:00 am on Saturday morning at Union Square, winds along the San Francisco Bay, through Golden Gate Park, and past the crashing ocean waves along the Great Highway.

Not only do runners and walkers get to join with 20,000 sisters for an empowering marathon or half-marathon, they also get extra perks: goodies like an official finisher necklace designed by Tiffany & Co. and a 100% recycled Nike Dri-FIT finisher T-shirt. There will be a three-day interactive Expotique in Union Square with events, giveaways, and services like gait analysis and sports bra fittings. Women join together at the finish line for a post-race celebration with food, music and more.

To learn more about TNT and TNT Flex, visit For a list of upcoming TNT Information Meetings, visit

About Team in Training
Team In Training (TNT) began in 1988, when Bruce Cleland of Rye, NY formed a team that raised funds and trained to run the New York City Marathon in honor of Cleland's daughter Georgia, a leukemia survivor.

The team of 38 runners raised $322,000 for LLS's Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter. Because of the pioneering efforts of Cleland and the Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter, Team In Training was born and has grown into the world's largest endurance sports training program. Cleland was honored by Runner's World magazine in 2004 as one of their "Heroes of Running" for his role in establishing TNT.

Whether participants choose The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's traditional Team In Training program or TNT Flex, a flexible, customized online training option developed by TNT's renowned coaches, they get all the support they need to cross the finish line at the marathon, half marathon, triathlon, century ride and hike adventure of their choice. Both offer a choice of world-class events, travel arrangements to an exciting destination, and a fabulous, activity-filled weekend once they're there.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 68 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $750 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

For more information about blood cancer, visit or call the LLS Information Resource Center (IRC), a call center staffed by master's level social workers, nurses and health educators who provide information, support and resources to patients and their families and caregivers. IRC information specialists are available at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

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