Monday, January 20, 2014

20 Years of Team In Training in North Texas: 1995

2014 is a special year for the North Texas Team In Training (TNT) campaign.  It is celebrating 20 years of running, biking, and hiking to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its mission to find a cure for blood cancers.  Saturday, February 8th TNT will kick off a year of celebrating.  To honor the thousands of North Texas TNT alumni and the millions of dollars they raised in the last 20 years, we are going to count down each year of the program leading up to the TNT Alumni "Celebrate You" event on February 8th. 


Jim Newsome is a true Team In Training historian.  He came on as one of the first TNT coaches in Team In Training in 1994.  He coached for Team in Training for 12 years.

What is your favorite memory of TNT?
Being involved with the participants that I coached for so many years.  The stories from survivors and supporting those with cancer.

What brought you to TNT originally?
Wanting to move from being a competitive runner to a more supportive role in the community.  Coaching allowed me to change my focus from myself to others and it was the best decision I've ever made.

What about TNT makes you keep coming back?
It's one of the most effective research nonprofits that I know of and there have been a lot of breakthrough research done.  During my coaching stint Gleevec was discovered and become a wonderful new drug, saving many lives.  I got to meet with Dr. Druker, the lead researcher on Gleevec, and went to San Diego with the first virtual Team In Training group.

What do you want to see in the next 20 years for TNT in North Texas?
Sustained growth and support for cancer.

What was the best part of the 1995 Honolulu Marathon?
Coaching a great team.

How many events have you done with TNT?
6 Honolulu Marathons
7 Anchorage Marathons
3 San Diego Marathons
3 Walt Disney Marathons

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