Area residents invited to train for endurance events, save lives, with Team in Training

Date: Sep. 10, 2013

For inquiries: call Jim Fredricks at (936) 520-6098


Team in Training Fall and Winter
Team in Training participants at a recent training event


An organization that has trained thousands of people from all walks of life to complete endurance events and raise funds to battle cancer is inviting area residents to learn about the program at a series of upcoming Happy Hour mixers.

Those interested in the program are invited to come and enjoy some complimentary beverages and refreshments and learn about Team in Training, a program that since 1988 has raised more than $1.32 billion in the fight against cancer and that has trained more than 570,000 to complete endurance events such as a marathon or triathlon.

Dan Walmer, campaign manager for Team in Training, said the organization gives residents a chance to push themselves to achieve an extraordinary endurance goal while also helping others.

“They’re getting fit, they’re getting in shape, and they’re accomplishing this important goal that they have never done before, whether it’s a marathon, half-marathon, or triathlon,” he said.

“But at the same time they’re learning to do it for a bigger cause.”

Walmer recalled one woman, named Debby, who had a very personal reason to join Team in Training. Her experience with blood cancers involving both her husband and daughter illustrate the tremendous progress that has been made as a result of donations to research.

“She told me she wanted to do an event, and her daughter is about to do her first,” Walmer said.

“In 1982, her husband was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Lymphoma, and he was given at the age of 40 a 10 percent chance of survival; he passed away within a year,” he said.

Then in 2010, cancer struck again. Debby’s 35-year old daughter, who was 7 at the time of her father’s death, was diagnosed with the exact same disease – except this time she was given an 80 percent chance of survival.

“That benefit has come from the money we’ve raised,” Walmer said.

“She’s been in remission for two years, and she is about to do her first (Team in Training) event.”

For those interested in Team in Training, “this is a way for them to join the battle and raise money for research that really does make a difference.”

The mixers will present information about opportunities to sign up for some upcoming events in Team in Training’s Winter Season. Events include the Houston Marathon and Half Marathon, a Cycle Century Ride in Tucson. Az/ and the Rock and Roll New Orleans Marathon and Half Marathon

At these events area residents will be able to meet the coaches for the winter season and interact with TNT alumni who can explain the program and answer questions.


Residents are invited to attend any of the following events:

Thursday, September 19 or Sunday, September 29

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Place: Sharkey’s Waterfront Grill

1660 West Lake Houston Parkway

Kingwood, TX 77345


Sunday, September 22

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Place: Pappasita’s Cantina

10005 FM 1960

Humble, TX 77338


Thursday, September 26

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Place: Nico’s Bar & Grill

22610 Loop 494 / Kingwood, TX 77339

For more information about the events, call TNT Coach Mary Carter at (281) 684-5354. More information on Team in Training is available at

For media inquiries or to speak with Team in Training Coach Mary Carter, call Jim Fredricks at (936) 520-6098 or email


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