Testimonials

Testimonials

I ran the marathon last year…

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.

It feels amazing to be a part of…

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

When I first began running….

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

When I first came to BTS in Feb 2011…

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.

Running is hard.  Recovery is harder…

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.

This team saved my life…

I haven’t been happier to be a part of something as long as I can remember. -Anonymous.

Running my first marathon with BTS…

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.

I run the marathon to stay sober first…

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 marathon team has been one of…

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.

Training for the LA Marathon has given me…

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.

It makes me feel good…

For me running is a metaphor. I have to go through it instead of around it. It makes me feel proud and productive. -Anonymous.

Because my family can afford…

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.

Running has shown me…

that I am capable of ANYTHING. -Anonymous.

Running makes me feel like…

I have accomplished something. And that makes me feel good about myself. -Anonymous.

Their support means the world

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.

The marathon experience has been life 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.

 

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The marathon experience has been life…

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.

Running allows me…

to be a part of a team that pushes me to show up, reach my goals, and feel accomplished. -Anonymous.

Running has taught me…

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.

Running for…

the high au naturel!!! -Anonymous.

I run to test…

my ability to maximize my potential. -Anonymous.

You can’t be more than you are…

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.

The marathon for me…

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.

I run with the team because…

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..

I joined the marathon team…

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.

I randomly fell into training…

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.

I joined the marathon team because…

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.

At first I ran to improve my health…

Then, after training for several weeks, I began to look at the marathon as a metaphor for my sobriety.
Commitment
Follow through
Longevity
Endurance
Perseverance
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.

I run because it clears my mind…

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.
-Anonymous.

When I first began running…

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

It feels amazing to be a part of 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