TuTu Tuesday: Kym Butcher

This week I was excited for Kym to do this blog. She has truly been a warrior throughout this whole ordeal. I asked Kym to talk about how she became the “TuTu Princess” and how she is doing since the accident. For those of you that may not know, Kym was awake throughout the entire accident and has undergone multiple surgeries thus far. Here is her update!

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How did you become known as the “TuTu Princess”?

I wore my first tutu at the Warrior Dash in 2014. Since then I’ve had one accompany me at a lot of different races from Tough Murders, Spartans races in Seattle, Wintergreen and Citi Field (my most favorite unrelated person in all this world, Scott, was my tutu twin for that), the Dirty girl, Candy run and pretty much any and all holiday themed 5ks. It kind of just became my thing.  Don’t have a TuTu, don’t worry I have one in almost every color and for every holiday.  My love for TuTu’s didn’t stop there. I started taking my tutus places and asking people to take pictures in them with me from bands such as Seether and Breaking Benjamin to the Colorado Avalanche players (they all declined but had no issues wearing the special Avs headbands I made) and this super cool singer from Rooster.

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How are you since the accident?

Well, I recently had my 4th and hopefully last surgery almost 3 weeks ago to put my intestines back together and to remove my ileostomy.  The seatbelt pretty much tore up my stomach but it kept me alive considering how hard we were hit and how much the car flipped. Because of the seatbelt I lost my spleen and a 18 inches of my colon.  I had named my ileostomy Maurice because when you have no choice but to have part of your small intestine protruding from your body why not make peace with the horror of it all. As happy as I am to no longer have Maurice,  I am also thankful as well because of him I survived. I’ve also started therapy recently to help with the extreme emotions and PTSD from the accident.

Special THANK YOU from Kym!
I am so incredibly thankful for everyone who visited me during my multiple hospital stays, for those who checked in on me and took me to some of my hundreds of Dr appointments. This experience has been horrific to say the least and the pain I’ve been through cannot ever adequately be put into words but knowing so many people from freaking everywhere have been rallying and praying for us has been so humbling. Thank you, from the very bottom recesses of my humble heart. I also wanna thank my gym, FAST in Arvada. Without the trainers there, there is no way I would have healed so fast.

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What’s next for Kym?
I’m so ready to get back on an obstacle course it’s not even funny.  I’m not a spectator by any stretch of the imagination! My Ortho Dr has me bearing weight on my left leg finally and PT is working with me to get that puppy stronger.  My goal is to be as close to 100% in time for Muckfest as possible. I already made plans for the US championships in September before all this so that’s my ultimate goal. One day at a time…. Until then my 13 year old daughter graduates from middle school this week so please throw a few extra prayers my way!!!!!!
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There is still time to register! We have 1600 medals left (yes, we were a little ambitious for these ladies but who wouldn’t be). If you register and pay by the end of May you are entered into some AWESOME prizes that will be raffled. Otherwise, medals will still be available until completely sold! Cost is $25 with $20 going directly to the girls! Click the link below for details on registration and payment.

REGISTER HERE

As you can imagine being in ANY type of accident isn’t easy. Let alone one that has turned your life around completely. Please find a way to participate in this virtual run and spread the word. Neither Ellie or Kym are working right so every little bits takes that less stress off their plate.
Think about giving up that Starbucks coffee for 5 days or not eating out for lunch for 3 days or even skipping that dinner and movie for one week! One week of giving up something that comes so easy and natural to us makes the WORLD of difference to these girls and their families.
If you have something that you would like to offer up in the raffle, please let me know and we can figure out the details. This race isn’t limited on where to participate. We have people in Canada and US but would love to see people from Italy, Sweden, Japan or anywhere overseas.
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Talk About It Tuesday: Corrina Vaden

For the next couple of weeks, “Talk About It Tuesday” will focus on the 3 COR Warriors. Many people know these ladies but there is also a lot of people running that do not. Our goal with these is to help you get to know these ladies and why you are running this race or help you make that decision to sign up if you haven’t already.

side note: I wrote this blog prior to finding out that TODAY, May 9th, is  Corrina’s Birthday (BIG 5-0)! 

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This week I asked Corrina’s daughter, Tiffany Yacuta, to write something about her mother since Corrina unfortunately passed away at the scene. Here is what Tiffany had to say….

I have been blessed with so any compliments and well wishes about my mother since the car wreck that took her from me and my family.  People keep telling me how empowering, inspirational, beautiful, and exciting she was.  There have been so many descriptions of my mom.  I just saw her as my mom.  I wouldn’t have had it any other way honestly.  She was a great mother.  She and my father had three children by the time they were 21 years old. She raised three kids into pretty well-rounded human beings, if I do say so myself.  She was energetic, optimistic, and seemed to always be the brightest light in the room.  When my brother, sister, and I were growing up, Mom was always the mom our friends wanted around.  She was the glue that held my family together when we fell apart, so another word I would use to describe her would be “strong.”

FB_IMG_1488311952413My mom was the one rooting us all on throughout our childhood into adulthood. As time went by my mom and dad found their differences and thought it best to separate. As devastating as that can be to any child, this was a good thing, for it would not have brought her to my amazing step dad, James. James introduced her to a more active lifestyle, that may have been the best thing that could have ever happened for my mom.

I remember the phone call from her a few years ago about wanting to do an obstacle race for the first time.  I thought she was crazy. It was a kind of shock that she would want to put herself through that much rigorous activity.  She never seemed to be interested in stuff like this before, so when she told me I was a little weary of the FB_IMG_1494206989663outcome.  She was almost 50! I didn’t want her to get hurt trying to prove something to herself.  A couple hours after she finished that first obstacle race she called me back.  I had never heard her so excited before. EVER.  She had a blast.  She told me about how she wanted to quit several times throughout the race but an incredible group of people helped her through and never gave up on her.  She said she never thought she would be able to finish it and she was so proud to have accomplished something like this before.  

I had underestimated my mother.  I learned my lesson and from that moment on she proved herself repeatedly.  She joined this amazing group called the Colorado Obstacle Racers (COR).  Mom had never felt more alive.  She would continue to set goals for herself and completely shatter those goals every single time.  Her goals became bigger and bigger.  The phrase “anything is possible” was my mom’s new motto.  She was tough, fearless, and never backed down from a challenge no matter how difficult.  Her children held the greatest honor by being able to run some of these obstacle races with her on different occasions. She would always apologize because she was slower than us.  I think I can speak on behalf of all three of us by saying that we didn’t care.  We just loved to see our mother happy and having the time of her life doing something she loved with the people she loved.

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When I say “people” she loved, I am not just talking about her children, husband or the rest of our family.  COR was her family too.  She talked about COR constantly.  The new people she met, what crazy workouts they got her into, the ops trainings, races, everything.  Her team members from COR had been incredible.  They taught her how to find her inner strength, how to be a part of a team, and how to never give up on herself.  Her COR team members were like family to her.  COR changed her life completely.  She was a better person, mother, competitor, and warrior because of COR.  She learned so many life lessons with this team.   I was fortunate enough to see my mom truly happy with herself because of COR. For that, I will forever be grateful for this group of people.  

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Please join us for the 3 COR Warriors Virtual Run!

  1. Sign Up Here
  2. Send payment via PayPal to: http://Paypal.me/corgear
  3. Additional donation can be added on to your registration that will go directly to the girls
  4. Be on the lookout for emails from Rachel

If you have any questions, please email Rachel @ rachel.hillary@gmail.com

Think About It Thursday! Sign Up TODAY

Wow! The love that we have received for these ladies is beyond words! I know they personally feel all the love, support and excitement around this race. Since announcing this race we have had over 1000 people all over the world reading about it and have about 200 people signed up between Canada and the US. This is just incredible! Our goal is to get 2000 people signed up from all over the world! Check out where everyone is running

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Today, Kym went in for her 4th surgery from the accident. She finally was able to part ways with Maurice (her ostomy bag). This is just another step in her journey to a full recovery. She had a going away party this past weekend for her and Maurice. Here are a couple pics and her vibrant smile.

Both Ellie and Kym are still out of work and recovering from the accident. By participating in this race you are helping take away their financial stress, showing support and love all the while they are able to focus on their recovery.

If every person that has looked at this race, the past  month, actually signed up we would have about 1200 people from all over the world which means the girls would have $30,000! That is nuts to think about!

What is stopping you from signing up?

  • Cost? Pay when you can just sign up to hold your medal. I won’t send medals til I know money has been sent.
  • Don’t know the girls? We will be showcasing each of the women over the next few weeks to let you see how amazing they are
  • Don’t have PayPal? Ok well contact me and we can figure something out!
  • Why should you? If you have or know anyone that has been in a serious car accident you know the stress, hassle and time it takes to settle everything (average length is 3 years). Each major surgery cost around $200k depending what is being done. It all adds up fast and not even including the emotional, physical and mental challenges that don’t have a price. In a blink of an eye these women’s lives changed forever.

Let me tell you through everything that these girls have been through, their strength, love and positivity amaze me. Yes, they have their bad days but overall they stay positive and move forward. They definitely took the term “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” to a whole new level.

MORE INFO HERE

Phoenix Rock’N’Roll

On January 16th & 17th, 2016, I participated in the Phoenix Rock’n’Roll 5k and Half Marathon. This would be my first race back since having a spinal fusion on August 28, 2015. I didn’t care about time or pace, all I wanted to do was to finish. Below is my review on the 5k and half marathon as well as overall suggestions for transportation, accommodations and general info. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Expo

The expo was held at their convention center downtown which was close to public transportation. I arrived to the expo on Friday since I was running the 5k and needed to get my bibs. When I arrived that morning around 10am, there was already a line forming that was curving everywhere which made it difficult to find where it started and ended on top of people trying to sign their waivers or find their bib number. When the doors actually opened as you can imagine, the line went out the window. Once inside, the bib pick up lines were fairly quick and the expo itself was evenly spaced throughout the space.

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5k Race

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona 5k presented by Brooks has a beautiful and flat looped course that starts on the iconic Mill Ave. Bridge, runs along Tempe Town Lake and finishes at Tempe Beach park with a Finish Line festival. With a start time in the morning, the weather was brisk and cool, however warmed up by the end of the race. This was a fast pace, nice warm up race to be a part of that had a pretty amazing turn out of participants.

Half Marathon

The half marathon is described as a flat and fast course with epic views of the valley of the sun, including Papago Park and Tempe town lake. As all Rock’n’Roll races participants will enjoy live bands, cheer teams, spirited water stations and other entertainment along the course. The weather started out cold but toward the end felt like the perfect temperature even with the sun out.  Best part was starting the race in the heart of ASU. Their campus is gorgeous and spacious. There are a few inclines you have to run and the view was either cities, towns or dessert. Overall, great race and area but don’t expect too much in sights.

Click HERE for map of the courses.

Transportation

Let me just say first and foremost I LOVED the light rail system in Phoenix. This is the BEST and MOST accommodating form of transportation to/from airport and races. A day pass cost a mere $4 but takes you everywhere (with some walking). Don’t waste you time on renting a car or paying for Uber/Taxi. If you are in town for the races, just take the light rail system. Details and schedule can be found HERE.

Accommodations

There are many places to stay when in Phoenix and honestly I found a hidden gem just outside of downtown. Last minute I had to find a new hotel since my original hotel I book cancelled my reservation for unknown reason upon my arrival. Luckily for me I scoured the internet and took a chance on Hotwire to see what I would get.  I ended up staying at the Phoenix Hotel and Suites. This place was 2 blocks from the light rail and Walgreens, walking distance to Starbucks, Jamba Juice and various other restaurants. The staff was outstanding and offered late check out of 2pm which was perfect for race day! There is a pool onsite as well as an all you can eat buffet. They were still renovating parts of the hotel but the rooms were spacious, clean, comfortable and each room had a microwave and fridge.

Food Suggestions

Oh Food! When in Phoenix there are a TON of great places to eat! I am going list just  few places that were walking distance to/from light rail that have amazing options.

Squid Ink!This is such a great sushi place downtown Phoenix. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating.

Ike’s Sandwich ShopThis is hands down one of the BEST sandwich shops I have ever been too. Originally started in San Francisco, Ike’s has a variety of sandwiches that will just melt in your stomach and feed that hunger. BONUS: They offer gluten bread as well!

Fractured Prune: Donuts! This place offers a variety of donuts with a twist.

Pretty much anywhere downtown has amazing options. It all comes down to what you are in the mood for. Next to Squid Ink! are various bars that offer great Happy Hours. The Palomar Hotel has a great outdoor pool and bar to enjoy as well!

2017 Rock’n’Roll Registration

HERE is the link to sign up for the 2017 Phoenix Rock’n’Roll. The pre-sale has closed however you can sign up to be notified once registration is opened.

WHAT ABOUT THE BLING??

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