Team In Training of San Francisco Announces Members of New Team Elite Program

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The Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Team In Training is pioneering a new training program called Team Elite as a way to reward volunteers who go the extra mile in the race to end blood cancer.

The Bay Area Chapter of TNT recently announced members of its new training program, Team Elite, which recognizes the top tier of volunteers.

The Team Elite program is our way of recognizing and celebrating the stand-out TNT participants that really go the extra mile to support our mission

Last week at its inaugural VIP reception, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Team In Training (TNT) recognized its most outstanding volunteers who qualify for the organization’s new Team Elite program.

Team Elite, pioneered by and exclusive to the Greater SF Bay Area Chapter, is TNT’s latest effort to honor participants who go above and beyond in the race to end blood cancer. TNT is known as the Bay Area’s largest endurance sports training and charity program. Funds raised by its dedicated volunteers support LLS’s quest to find a cure for blood cancer and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

“The Team Elite program is our way of recognizing and celebrating the stand-out TNT participants that really go the extra mile to support our mission,” said Monica Healy, Senior Campaign Director for Team In Training. “These individuals are the definition of selfless and we could not do what we do without them.”

To qualify for a position on Team Elite, Bay Area TNT athletes must complete one of the following tasks:

1.    Earn a TNT Triple Crown by successfully raising funds and completing three of the following different sports categories: cycling, hiking, running, walking, cross-country skiing, triathlon and Ironman
2.    Raise funds and complete at least three LLS events–either the same event three times or three different events–in three consecutive calendar years
3.    Raise $15,000 in up to three seasons of TNT

Volunteers who have already qualified for Team Elite were announced at the reception, starting with Thomas Caleshu (pictured in last week’s story), whose inspiring journey with TNT has been filled with overcoming countless hurdles that hinder all cancer patients.

“Caleshu was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma when he was just 13. Today, he is cancer free. Last year, Caleshu celebrated 20 years of being cancer-free by raising more than $20,000 for LLS through Team In Training. He’s back again this year, training with the TEAM as a member of Team Elite and fundraising for the cause.”

Caleshu is just one of the incredible volunteers that make up Team In Training. The full list of inspirational Team Elite members can be found at http://www.teamintraining.org/sf/alumni/elite.

Team Elite members receive free Team In Training registration for life (a $100 value), an exclusive Nike Team Elite jacket, a special Team Elite discount registration code that they can give out to family and friends who also want to be team members, access to Team Elite member-only events, and highlighted recognition on the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Team In Training website.

Individuals who met the criteria for Team Elite can contact Team In Training at 800.78.TRAIN or sftntinfo(at)lls(dot)org.

Team In Training has a program for athletes of all skill levels. There’s a wide range of events including half and full marathons, hike adventures, triathlons, and cycling events. Visit teamintraining.org/sf, call 800.78.TRAIN, or email sftntinfo(at)lls(dot)org to get more information about being a part of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

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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 $814 million in blood cancer research.

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. EST.

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