Ten Reasons to Secure a Spot in the San Francisco Nike Women’s Marathon with Team In Training

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Hundreds of thousands of runners enter the lottery for the Nike Women’s Marathon (NWM) every year, but only about 25,000 are chosen to participate. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training (TNT) athletes are guaranteed entry into the race, but that’s not the only reason they love running with TNT.

“Sign up with Team In Training today to secure a spot in the Nike Women’s Marathon”

Why do hundreds of thousands of women (and men) put themselves in the notoriously tough lottery every year for the Nike Women’s Marathon (NWM)? The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Bay Area chapter of Team In Training (TNT) narrows down the list to the top ten reasons why TNT athletes are excited to participate in the October 14, 2012 race and why anyone who is interested should sign up with TNT today to secure a spot.

10. The Course: What better way to see San Francisco than to run 26.2 miles through it? The course takes runners past classic San Francisco sights, including Coit Tower, San Francisco Bay, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, the Golden Gate Bridge, and many more.

9. The Pampering: NWM is known for indulging their athletes in a little pampering at the lavish 3-day “Expotique” and TNT athletes say it’s one of the best pre-race expos out there. The 2012 vendors include Safeway, Neutrogena, Yurbuds, Paul Mitchell, Luna, Zico and Somersault.

8. The Bragging Rights: Not only is NWM one of the hardest races to get into, but it’s also known for being a tough course. Once runners cross that finish line, they have bragging rights for life.

7. The Entertainment: From the music power stations, sponsored cheer stations, bra swaps, to sponsored fuel stops, there is plenty of proof that running can be fun.

6. The Friends: Not only is NWM a local San Francisco marathon, but last year Team In Training had over 5,000 athletes come from all over the United States to participate in the race. Then there are the honored teammates, supporters, mentors, captains and coaches. Talk about a sea of support covered in TNT purple.

5. Two words: Chocolate Mile.

4. The Firemen: Who doesn’t love crossing the finish line after 26.2 or 13.1 miles and coming face to face with victory and a tuxedo-clad fireman?

3. The Bling: Each year Tiffany & Co. creates a beautiful one-of-a-kind finisher’s necklace for NWM that hangs on the necks of runners all year long, rather than sitting on a dusty shelf like the usual finisher’s medal. As an added bonus, that little blue box is handed out by the aforementioned firemen on a silver platter.

2. The Training: Obviously the training is tough. But summer is almost here, and bikini season is calling.

1.    The Real Reason: Finally standing in the sea of 25,000 people in Union Square the morning of the event and knowing that everyone there is connected in a remarkable way. Realizing that sea of purple is other TNT athletes giving everything they have, physically and emotionally, to save people they don’t even know. Knowing that TNT helped raise millions of dollars for the cause and thinking of all the lives that money will save. That’s paying it forward in a big way.

2.    Team In Training has a program for athletes of all skill levels. There’s a wide range of events including half, full and ultra marathons; hike adventures; triathlons; and cycling events. Visit http://www.teamintraining.org/sf or call 800.78.TRAIN to talk to a local Team Manager.

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About Team In Training
Team In Training (TNT) San Francisco chapter offers marathon training, half-marathon training, and triathlon training. Individuals can also train for cycling events and adventure hikes. 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 http://www.LLS.org 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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