and came to Beit T’Shuvah as a community supporter and friend. I set my fundraising goal last year to $3000 even though we only had to raise $100 to run with the team, and I raised $1700, which I was proud of. This is my 2nd year running with the team and the fundraising minimum was $1800 for non-residents. I’m proud to say I’ve raised $2850!!!! The fundraising mentorship was helpful and I think it was easier to raise awareness after being on the team 2 years in a row or some other magic, but I reached 45 donors. Beit T’Shuvah is such a great cause, so it’s easy to ask people and inspire them to give to this organization. -Zoe W.
something greater than myself and it helps when you get out of your comfort zone and give back to the people that saved my life. And, it is an honr to give back and grow with the people in my community that have done this before me. -Anonymous
2 miles winded me. Joining the Running 4 Recovery team brought me a new appreciation for my body and the limits I could push it to. The team and coaches provided such a support to get me through each run feeling strong, especially in the moments I felt like giving up. The best part was being able to support an organization who helps so many people and saves countless lives. This experience has changed my life. Thank you. -Cynthia Mazouz
I was a broken and battered person. I found the marathon team to be a community within a community. It allowed me to set goals and keep commitments. I found my passion within the marathon team. It has allowed me to continue to stay sober while following my passion of running marathons and racing triathlons. This year (2015) would have been my 4th consecutive LA Marathon. However, I was unable to run due to a medical condition beyond my control. It was the team and the coaches that helped me through this. -Jeff L.
The volunteers telling their stories of sobriety brought me to tears and reminded me that my money was literally saving lives. This was beautiful. -Anonymous.
I haven’t been happier to be a part of something as long as I can remember. -Anonymous.
I wasn’t able to run more than one mile before. After 6 months of training, when I got my medal I was so proud of myself. It was the first biggest accomplishment in my life. The next one was my college diploma. Training every week has taught me that I can achieve anything I want as long as I stay dedicated and don’t lose sight of the end. Through this training, I have realized that a goal is a dream with a deadline. I now set goals for myself. I have many small goals and big goals. Slowly but surely I am truly hitting my goals and making my dreams a reality. Thank you Beit T’Shuvah. -Jonathan Waknine.
and my health second. Making a commitment to run in the marathon and fundraise helps me become a better person in sobriety and better person all around. -Anonymous.
the most impactful decisions I’ve ever made. The support of BTS, my fellow teammates, the coaches and the volunteers are a well oiled machine that helps make what seems impossible a reality.
I am forever grateful to BTS for such an amazing experience. When I joined the team 3 years ago, I wasn’t sure of my ability to conquer such a feat. The energy of my teammates and the positivity of the coaches helped me to keep going, a feeling I can only hope to do the same in upcoming years. -Jeremy.
focus in my own life. Sharing the experience with a team has been especially enriching. Distance running is an isolating experience, and the camaraderie of the team has been so valuable to me. I appreciate sharing in the success of each individual, and I gain personal strength from being a part of that. Those who are faster than me inspire me to push myself, and those who finish after me inspire me to be a leader and a cheerleader. No matter what challenges I face in my life, I am stronger for the experience of training, competing, and completing the 26.2 mile journey. It is a journey that will fill me for the rest of my life!. -Jason.
For me running is a metaphor. I have to go through it instead of around it. It makes me feel proud and productive. -Anonymous.
a bed for me at BTS, and I know someone out there may not have the funds or even a family for that matter. So now I run so that one day someone else can get the chance I got, so those one day someone won’t have to worry that they have nothing – because I run, maybe one day that person can have everything. -Anonymous.
that I am capable of ANYTHING. -Anonymous.
I have accomplished something. And that makes me feel good about myself. -Anonymous.
I’ve been able to meet a lot of great people,and being part of the team and their support means the world. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support of the team. Just having everyone there on Sundays and the volunteers at the waters stops means the world, especially when you are exhausted and trying to get past Mile 8.
and is really a huge part of my recovery. I’m so grateful to BTS for giving me this opportunity to push myself and achieve this goal.-Ryan R.
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changing and is really a huge part of my recovery. I’m so grateful to BTS for giving me this opportunity to push myself and achieve this goal. -Ryan R.
to be a part of a team that pushes me to show up, reach my goals, and feel accomplished. -Anonymous.
that hard work pays off. You build up and train for 6 months and then you get to do the marathon. Learning this principle, I went to school, got a degree, and now I own my own business. I learned to wake up and show up. Set goals and don’t stop until you hit them. -Anonymous.
the high au naturel!!! -Anonymous.
my ability to maximize my potential. -Anonymous.
at the moment, but you also can’t accept less than your potential. I run because it helps me keep life’s challenges in perspective. Training and completing a marathon is simply a microcosm for the journey of life. It gives me strength to keep stepping forward in faith even after crossing the “finish line”.-Anonymous.
It was a challenge.
Step out of the norm.
To start a project and complete it.
Being part of a team and training together.
Meeting new friends,
Getting closer to old friends.
Finding there is freedom in my soul.
I also feel good every time I finish a run.
Beyond anything I’ve felt in years.
Thank you Beit T’Shuvah.-Stephen Turgeon.
it makes me feel like I’m part of something special. It taught me how to keep pushing forward and not give up.-Noah M..
thinking I would find a personal best somewhere in finishing. What I found, way before the race started, was a personal best in the team, the group I became attached to. Being a part of this group has become for me much more important that any personal best I can imagine.-Greg.
with Team Beit T’Shuvah through a friend of mine. The previous year I trained for the LA Marathon primarily by myself and sometimes, on those 18 mile solo runs I’d get lonely. My head would start with the negative defeating self talk. Training this year with Team Beit T’Shuvah it’s been an entirely different experience. The coaches are so knowledgeable and patient and inspiring. The team has such a good sense of humor! So many times I’ve felt discouraged or uninspired and express these thoughts or feelings to my teammate and they say stuff like “I totally get it. I feel that way too, here’s what I do…” And suddenly I’m re-inspired, recommitted and grateful all over again.
Running clears my head, gives me peace, makes me feel like a little kid playing in the great outdoors! The team makes me feel supported, part of a community, inspired – strength in numbers. The smiles, laughter, high fives and cheers transform my experience of running. So grateful I was led to Team BTS and so excited and inspired to be a part of this amazing experience. Thank you!-Becca Zalona.
my friend told me that residents who ran with the team had a much lower relapse rate. I’m in this Jewish rehab because I want to overcome my addiction and become a better person. That’s the whole point of recovery, so why wouldn’t I take advantage of every opportunity?!-Anonymous.
Then, after training for several weeks, I began to look at the marathon as a metaphor for my sobriety.
Are just some of the things that come to mind in that metaphor. The reward from doing this is indescribable.
-Proud BTS Runner, Christopher Martinez.
It’s very meditative and relaxes me throughout the day. When I was younger, I couldn’t even run half a mile. When I started to run, each mile was a milestone. I never thought I would be able to run how I do now. It is such an amazing experience. I stumbled upon the marathon training program by accident. I would never have though I would run one, but the support of the team and the coaches have made this such an unforgettable journey. It’s so much more than just running. It’s such an amazing experience that I am so blessed to be a part of.
2 miles winded me. Joining the Running 4 Recovery team brought me a new appreciation for my body and the limits I could push it to. The team and coaches provided such a support to get me through each run feeling strong, especially in the moments I felt like giving up. The best part was being able to support an organization who helps so many people and saves countless lives. This experience has changed my life. Thank you.-Cynthia Mazouz
greater than myself and it helps when you get out of your comfort zone and give back to the people that saved my life. And, it is an honr to give back and grow with the people in my community that have done this before me.-Anonymous