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Athlete Spotlight: John Raneri

John Raneri was the first male half marathoner to cross the 2016 Hunter Subaru Legacy Run finish line, with a time of 1:08:41. A native of New Fairfield, CT, he attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and has been running for 11 years.

 

What are some races you have done recently?

 

-U.S. Marathon Olympic Team Trials - 50th Place 
-Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon - 1:04:29 - 8th place 
-Philadelphia Gortex Marathon - 2:18:06 - 3rd place 
-Stanford Invitational 2015 10k - 29:16


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Athlete Spotlight: Shawanna White

Shawanna White was the first female half marathoner to cross the 2016 Hunter Subaru Legacy Run finish line with a time of 1:24:17. She’s been running 17 years and has participated in many races, including Cooper River Bridge (SC), Mercedes Benz Marathon (AL), and Get In The Pink 10k (SC).

 

I am originally from Atlanta, GA, but I currently reside in Columbia, SC. I graduated from the University of West Georgia with a BS in Physical Education. I started running in 10th grade because my high school coach saw me in the office one day and asked me to run track. I told him he would have to ask my grandma. She said yes, but only if he brought me home because it would be too late to ride the bus and there was no family car to be used. 

 

What’s your favorite race?


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How Long To Focus On Big Event

The big question I get from many athletes is when do I need to start focusing on my training if I'm doing "x" event on "x" date. I'm here to say that yes there is too long and yes there is too short. So that begs to ask the question stated above, how long to focus on a big event. 

Some may say a year in advance, and depending on who you ask you may come across different answers, but what I find best is 6-8 months of structured training leading up to an event works best. There are so many things that go with this though that I feel I must touch on all aspects regarding time and training load. 


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Fall Races

The 2013 fall race season has begun!  Team Inheritance of Hope runners will be found in 4 amazing races.

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A Personal Story of Weakness - October 2012

Inheritance of Hope co-founder Kristen Milligan died on October 26. The following is part of a Bible study series she wrote. If your church, Bible study, team, or group has interest in experiencing together this study from Kristen's unique perspective as a nine-year cancer survivor, simply contact aaron@InheritanceOfHope.org.

As I felt led to run a marathon, I looked into the training program that was suggested by our wise Team IoH leader, Lisa, and I quickly realized that the training itself was far from my reach.  The first week began with a five mile trek, and I was having difficulty walking down the driveway.


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Liveweak - September 2012

The following is part of Inheritance of Hope co-founder Kristen Milligan's Bible study series. If your church, Bible study, team, or group has interest in experiencing together this study from Kristen's unique perspective as a nine-year cancer survivor, simply contact Aaron@InheritanceOfHope.org.

I have come across many people in the past several years who talk excitedly about a very exclusive club -- the Cancer Club. There is no ID card or dues expected when you are a member of this club. There are no official meetings, no speakers, no banquets.  The only requirement to join is an unexpected and dreaded diagnosis. It is, in essence, an imaginary club with very real members. Members who are hurting and afraid.

I have always found talk about this club a bit odd. I was resistant to joining, but apparently once you qualify you have no choice.


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Run the 2012 ING NYC Marathon!

The New York Road Runner's have chosen Team IOH to be a part of the 2012 ING NYC Marathon charity program.  With the 5 spots awarded, the Team IOH goal is to raise at least $50,000 (each team member with a goal of $10,000), which will send 10 families on the NYC Legacy Retreat this November. One spot on the team is still available.

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Contact Lisa Duscio, lisa@inheritanceofhope.org, if you are interested in joining this inaugural Team IOH NYC Marathon team.  If you are a runner, you don't want to miss the opportunity to run this prestigious marathon on November 4th and support IOH families.  With just one spot left, you need to act fast.

"What's it like to run the NYC Full?"...


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Run...Walk...Finish! A Team IOH runner's story

How many times have we gotten to a point in life where we feel we can't go any further?  Often, the way we make it through those times is through the help and encouragement of a friend.  In this blog, Lara Miller shares her experience about joining Team IOH for the Disney Marathon on January 8, 2012 - and the blessing of becoming friends and running with Nicole.

Lara and Nicole at mile 10, 2012 Disney Marathon

Lara and Nicole at mile 10, 2012 Disney Marathon


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He is My Strength - November 2011

The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.

Psalm 28:7

In January, I began training for the 2011 Marine Corp Marathon.  I had exactly ten months to prepare myself to finish 26.2 miles in less than seven hours.  I worried from day one.  I had spent the previous months recovering from a brutal surgery where doctors removed cancerous tumors from my chest cavity, the lining of my heart, my lungs, my diaphragm, and my esophagus. 


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Crossing the Finish Line

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This past weekend was an incredible memory for me! I completed my first marathon with an amazing group of people.

We all ran to support Inheritance of Hope.

We ran so that families with young children who have a parent facing a life-threatening illness can experience joy in memories, comfort in community and hope in their circumstances.


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Training

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I have been training for a marathon for the past several months.  It has been long, hard work for me.  I have never enjoyed running and never thought I would be participating in any sort of race, let alone a 26.2 mile one!

One of the places that I have been doing most of my longer training runs is a beautiful park.  It has 2 huge playgrounds, a skateboard ramp, a fenced in dog play area, covered picnic tables and a 1 mile paved track.

Usually when I am there I am circling that 1 mile loop of pavement anywhere from 13-20 times.  (I know it's crazy!!!) Anyway, I often see the same familiar faces during my many loops. 


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Team IOH Spotlight ~ Jill Thompson

Written By: Jill Thompson

I am enthusiastic about Inheritance of Hope!  My enthusiasm began when it was first founded and has continued as my involvement has grown.

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The Milligans

When my best friend, Kristen Milligan, called me in 2003 to share her diagnosis of terminal liver cancer it was very difficult to see any good in that situation.  It quickly became clear that it was not only Kristen who was battling this illness but it was also her husband and three young children.  When they decided to start an organization that served families just like theirs, I was thrilled to be a part of it.  I did what I could to help.


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Triple Your Money

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I cannot believe I will be running 26.2 miles in just 1 month.  It is something I never thought I would do.

I have been training with an amazing team for the past several months, most of whom I have never met.

There are, however, a few people who I know really well that I look forward to seeing on race day!


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Team IOH Spotlight ~ Grace Gerdin

I will be introducing you to Team Inheritance of Hope Athletes - today and in future posts - through the athlete's own words.  Grace Gerdin is running with the Team IOH 2011 Marine Corps Marathon team.  Read what Grace says inspires her running...

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Grace in the 2011 NYC Half Marathon


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What To Eat When Training?

I want to feel as good as Will looks when I run!

I want to feel as good as Will looks when I run!

Today I was speaking with one of our Marine Corps Marathon runners about what to eat for optimal strength, energy and recovery when training and racing.  She mentioned she eats quite healthy - lots of raw food and lean cuts - but she wanted to know if there was more she could do to aid her body in this endeavor to prepare for race day this October 30th.


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MCM Countdown: 16 weeks

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When a runner hears that the marathon race he registered for is 16 weeks out, bells and whistles sound in his most inner-being.  If he hasn't already, this will be the week that he begins his marathon training plan.  I ran my first marathon in 2007 - the ING NYC Marathon...


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A Legacy of Endurance

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What do Oprah, Drew Carey and Kristen Milligan all have in common?


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The Weakness of Gideon - The Strength of an Almighty God - May 2011

Do you ever feel as though you are doing the Gideon? No, it is not a new


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Cheerleader

I am not a runner!!!!  There is no question about that.  DSC_0020

 

I actually have said, "One thing I will NEVER do in my life is a marathon....I have no desire!" I do, however, have several friends who have committed to running marathons for Inheritance of Hope and I woke up at 3 am and stood in freezing conditions for hours to cheer them on during their route.DSC_0022

 God created me to be a cheerleader.  I like to stand on the sidelines and cheer (LOUDLY and EXCITEDLY) for people.  So, why am I now signed up and training to run (walk) 26.2 miles???  Two reasons:


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The Passing of a Legend

No one has won the NYC Full Marathon as many times as Grete Waitz.  Waitz, 57, died this past Tuesday in Oslo, Norway.


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