Category Archives: Fundraising

Thank You For Your Support

We cannot thank everyone enough for supporting us in completing our first marathon & donating to Athletes in Tandem. Your generosity, encouraging words &  enthusiasm made this whole experience a huge success. In total we raised $7,672.00, which supports Athletes in Tandem in providing many more experiences to athletes of every ability.

Thank you businesses & family sponsors that donated enough to receive a spot our on marathon shirts:

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Take a moment to imagine…

The sound of a raging river rushing by, the soft pounding of 1,000’s of feet hitting pavement & the chirp of birds waking up with the morning sun;  the view of a beautiful sunrise in between tall canyon walls giving the exposed bedrock and Lodgepole pines a red & yellow glow; & the cool, crisp, mountain air providing an exhilarating rush of adrenaline.

That was what it was like for the first 17 miles. Amazing. Spirits were high, the air was brisk & everyone’s legs were cruising down the hills. Just before mile 19, we had the most wonderful uplifting surprise. Our friends Kris, Roy, Rachel & Aspen all SCREAMING at the top of their lungs cheering us on & then running with us ¼ of the way up the only hill in the course. Continue reading

5 Days To Go!!!! Thank You & Events

Lori, Cynthia & Ryan with Travis & Dennis as their pushers in Texas April 29th, 2012

Thank You

We wanted to begin by saying Thank You to more friends from Michigan! Mr. & Mrs. Harrett, whom I’ve (Stephanie) have known since I was a wee-little one & another good friend Lori Lautenbach. Thank you for your generosity & kindness. You are really making a difference in the lives of many through Athletes in Tandem!


We truly cannot believe the marathon is soon to be here! We’ve had an exciting past few weeks filled with massages, new physical therapists & delightful taper runs. Packet pick-up for the race begins on Friday, where we will get to learn about using our race chips (either on our shoes or on our bibs), meet other racers & find out what kind of good freebies (usually energy bars or GU type supplements & of course our commemorative race shirts!) are stashed in the bag. Continue reading

17 Days To Go…Thank You, Final Push & New Partnership

*John with Dennis pushing him in the HITS Naples Olympic Distance Triathlon in January 2012

Thank You! 

We first want to start off by thanking Mr. & Mrs. Harrett, dear family friends in MI, for a wonderful & kind donation they sent to support Athletes in Tandem! It’s truly incredible to have such a strong network of support from many of our friends, family & local businesses. Graham & I have also made a donation & we couldn’t be more excited to have surpassed our original goal of $2000.00. Since we have not had to raise any money since high school fund-raisers, we really were not sure if we could even make our goal, but WE DID! Raising funds & awareness for Athletes in Tandem has been a great experience. Learning more about the organization & getting to know the people who participate has been truly inspiring in itself.


We couldn’t be happier at this point, besides when we cross the finish line, to be in the final weeks of training. It has been a long journey & has been the first in a long time that we have had to put forth so much effort & rearrange our lives to train for something that is so physically demanding. Continue reading

37 Days To Go… Featured Athlete Zachary & Things Are Heating Up!

Featured Athlete: Zachary

We wanted to first thank Mr. & Mrs. Yocum for their kind & generous donation they made to Athletes in Tandem! They are the sweet grandparents of Zachary this posts featured athlete.

Zachary, we just found out, has competed in 32 events with Athletes in Tandem! That’s pretty amazing, considering the organization has only been around for 3 years! Way to go Zachary & family! Below are some kind words from Zachary’s Mother talking about Athletes in Tandem involvement in his/their lives; Continue reading

48 Days To Go…Less Than 10 Weeks & Personal Goal Reached!

Group shot from St. Patty’s Day Sharin the Green 5K

Spring Has Sprung:

What an incredible spring this has turned out to be! We couldn’t be happier with the amazing weather we have been having. Running outside is the way to go for us & without the typical snow & ice we had been getting for a few weeks, there hasn’t been much running done on treadmills in quite a while now. Continue reading

57 Days To Go..Fort Collins 3rd Fittest & New Athlete

We wanted to have a warm welcome to the newest athlete with Athletes in Tandem, David Gallaway! He just completed his first race, The Dam Half, in Denver this past weekend alongside Dennis. We’ll be looking forward to seeing more of David this year in a number of competitions!


The past few weeks have flown by and we do apologize for not getting more posts up. We have surely been logging the miles on our long weekend runs as well as during the week. Two weeks ago Stephanie completed a 20 mile run, her first, which went pretty well. Continue reading

104 Days To Go…Huge Thank You to N.W. Michigan Suppliers -The Randall’s

We wanted thank N.W. Michigan Suppliers, the Randall’s, for their gracious donation to Athletes in Tandem! I, Stephanie, could not be more thankful for their support and generosity throughout our training and fundraising efforts. Thank you thank you & we look forward to putting your logo on the back of our shirts to run in! Much love to my family~

117 Days To Go…Welcome Absolute Performance Chiropractic

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Matt Schick of Absolute Performance Chiropractic as a new sponsor for Athletes in Tandem! Thank you again for your kind donation and supporting an inspiring organization.
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132 Days To Go…Happy Holidays

First we would like to begin by saying Thank You again to Whole Foods Market in Fort Collins for helping to support Athletes in Tandem! We had many wonderful conversations with people who stopped by our table on Dec. 20th. Continue reading