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Thankful Thursday by Ellie Rotter

This week I asked Elizabeth Rotter, one of the survivors from the accident if she would like to post something, especially after she finished walking the Spartan Sprint Sunday. She was only cleared a month ago which is crazy but awesome! Read below her recap from this past weekend at the Spartan Super and Sprint in Fort Carson.

This past weekend stands out far beyond I have ever experienced on any Spartan Race grounds in my whole OCR participation! After all the outreach, care, concern, care packages, cards, and visits while in and out of being at Craig Hospital, this past Fort Carson weekend surpasses engulfment of love from SO many people! 
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Laughter and joyful tears started with my best friend Jessica’s coming to town from Arizona, since the last time I was suppose to see her was three month ago to race Spartan Arizona. This was an overdue delayed/postponed race weekend to spend time together and catching up in person prior to being on the race grounds in the Springs.
Saturday’s events started once we stepped into the festival area to visit Stacy Sanderson and the Tatham’s , who were almost on their way out. Friends on Spartan staff gave hugs and talked through any inquiries and discussions to catch up since Breckenridge. Quite a lot to share, including the accident and any life stories that have come up since the last time we all saw each other. Strangers even approached to discuss the significance of the COR medal and reached out to share a hug. Very heart moving!
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Sunday’s events started once Jess and I were able to get to the corral and join others to step off into the 9:30am heat! Surrounded by COR jerseys, hugs and tears, once again, it was very welcoming to see members of my extended family in person. It all seemed surreal to experience and the heart beat was normal, knowing what to anticipate for the most part on course. My Spartan nickname quickly changed to “Eli” with an honorary moment of silence plus admiration for dear Corrina, to the crowd being informed that I was standing amongst the corral with everyone else. What a blessing!
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With my protective, supportive, encouraging, and belly shaking from laughter COR walkers were amazing to have alongside the whole course! Rachel Babcock, her boyfriend David, plus Jessica and I made it through the course with their circular and vocal protection! Our laughter and story telling are all quite memorable plus being able to take photos of these 3 enjoying the obstacles and getting muddy together was amazing. My itches to run and desires to complete the obstacles were on hold knowing those will be reintroduced once my body is ready to take on the challenges. Knowing that I just started walking without any balance issues a month prior to this weekend, early on having an oxygen tank every night to breathe fully out of both lungs and multiple fractures from my right shoulder to my pelvis, it felt incredible to say the least to be on race grounds taking each step and hill with a soul full of blessings to be able to accomplish such a feat! The third hill had my heart beating faster than ever focused on before and I was very grateful to see the last hill to climb. I will say with determination and perseverance, I climbed each of the 5 hills without taking any breathers until the peaks, grateful for the team around me in case anything happened.
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Once we reached Mt. Olympus, my eyes viewed the sea of COR people standing near the finish line and I was already tearful. Our discussion of jumping or walking or going around the fire obstacle spewed into my Niagara Falls of tears seeing, as we got closer to the finish line,  who was standing in front of the whole group, Tiffany, Corrina’s daughter. What an honor to receive the finisher medal from Tiffany! I am still completely humbled and my heart is full of so many incredible emotions from us all being together. These words only summarize a portion of everything that happened this past weekend. May the love of people keep spreading and bring us stronger and healthier together.
Much love,
Elizabeth
Here is a special note from Emily’s mom Julie. Ellie and Emily are buddies through the “I Run 4 Michael” group. More info on that program HERE.
“My daughter just completed her 5K for Elizabeth Rotter. She’s only 9 years old and is a special needs child who Elizabeth actually joined “I Run 4 Michael” group and was matched with my daughter so Elizabeth could run for her.  Since the accident my daughter has been determined now to run for Ellie and she has – and today she did big time!  It’s not easy for her, but she kept her legs moving and had a smile on her face pretty much most of the time.  🙂  I just think having a picture or two of her for Ellie would be neat.
Thank you for the opportunity to do this for these amazing ladies.  My daughter ADORES Elizabeth and even though they haven’t met (we live in Michigan), she has connected deeply with my little girl and helps my daughter overcome and push through her struggles with her special needs.  It’s been a privilege to support Ellie now during this difficult time.
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There is so much to be thankful for in our lives and its such a blessing to see everyone coming together to support these ladies. As we continuously mention, medals are still available and will be until all 1900 are gone!!! This is a big task at hand but the least we can try to do for these ladies that have given so much to others.
Remember, if you register and pay by the end of May you will be entered into some awesome prizes such as Tough Mudder entry, OCR Spear, thirty7’s apparel, LuLa Roe and much more.

Why Wait?! Register Today!!! 

Warriors Wednesday: Fort Carson Spartan honoring 3 COR Warriors

Good Morning Everyone!

Wow what an amazing weekend we had at COR. This past weekend was the Spartan Super and Sprint at Fort Carson where we ran and honored our 3 COR Warriors! Kym made it out on Saturday and was the best cheerleader anyone could ask for and Ellie was able to join us Saturday afternoon and Sunday! There truly is so much to talk about but I am only going to focus on the highlights.

First off, COR won biggest team for both Saturday Super and Sunday Sprint. We had over 300 people signed up! On Saturday, Kym was able to make it for the presentation where we honored the girls. COR gave Tiffany, Corrina’s daughter, the trophy from last year as well as a flag that was signed and ran during the Spartan Utah. On top of that here is the video of COR doing “Sally” in honor of Corrina (she definitely was smiling).

As I mentioned, Kym was a big cheerleader to everyone there! She even stood up to her name as “Tutu Princess” by wearing her bright tutu! Here are some pictures of Kym from Saturday.

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On Sunday, Ellie (aka Team Eli), came back to walk the Sprint course. She has been active walking on average 6 miles a day but that is flat ground. Her doctor cleared her to walk the 5.3 mile course that entailed hills but to just be careful! Prior to the start, Spartan took a moment to honor the 3 COR Warriors. Here is a the video for you to understand the community, family and love we have for these ladies.

Ellie was on a mission to finish this 5.3 mile course that included hills and I mean brutal hills where some people had to stop to catch their breathe or stretch their muscles but this lady right here was a BEAST and true WARRIOR. She didn’t stop once! She kept going passing people left and right. Each hill was a mental, physical and emotional battle to see where she has come from 11 weeks ago. Here are just a couple photos that were take along the way but the ABSOLUTE highlight of the day was her crossing the finish line and being medaled by Tiffany while the rest of the COR team was there to cheer her on! (video below)

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The one thing that is consistent in all these videos and photos is that Ellie and Kym have a nonstop smile on their faces. Their journey is still far from over but all this love, support and donations are helping tremendously. Neither of them are able to be back at work yet and still have ton of medical appointments to attend.

Medals will still be available after the month of May until they are sold out but the prizes are only for those that register and pay in May. So what is stopping you? The cost is $25 with $20 going DIRECTLY to the 3 girls and their families. We have sold about 350 medals as of today (May 17, 2017) with a ton more available. Please share their story and participate in this great cause! Medals are shipped out weekly!

REGISTER HERE

For everyone that has donated or is participating THANK YOU!!! The girls love seeing photos so please keep posting them using #3corwarriors and please email me them (rachel.hillary@gmail.com).

For any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Rachel

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

Kickoff: 3 COR Warriors Virtual Run

Hello!

Ok, it’s the first week of the race and I wanted to touch base with everybody to make sure I communicated all the details again. Better safe than sorry.

So here’s the deal: Starting today, Monday (May 1) and continuing through Sunday (June 3) night you go run, walk, bike, hike, swim etc your own 5K, 10k, half, full or any amount of miles. You can get your miles in whenever and wherever you want to. On the roads? Absolutely. Treadmill? Still Counts. …Track, Trails, Beach, etc? Hell yes. You get the idea. So all you need to do is get your run in, take note of your time, and pop it into the convenient web based entry form HERE. If you have any questions or comments at all, you can email me at: rachel.hillary@gmail.com. Once the race is over and I have all the results back, I’ll compile everything and send it out for with an overall recap email.

MEDALS: Medals are to arrive by end of day today!!! I am super excited to see them and get them out to you ASAP. My goal is to send them out every Friday as more people register. Once I send them out I will send an email with tracking information for you to track your package. I am waiting to get medals to figure out exactly what size bubble mailing envelope I need to send them in. So please, bare with me this week. Also, before I post the medal on social media; I will be sending Ellie & Kym their medals first to see before everyone.

(as I was typing this the boxes arrived!!!!)

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27 boxes = 2000 medals!!!!

Spartan Ft. Carson Sprint/Super: For those of you that are participating in the Ft Carson Sprint/Super in couple weeks (May 13-14),  Laura will have them on hand at the Biggest Team Tent! Find Laura to get your medal. If you would prefer I mail your medal sooner please let me know otherwise if you said “Yes” to running in Ft. Carson, the plan is for you to pick them up there.

And to be honest, that’s about it. Oh, and have fun. That is one of the main goals here. We’re here to raise money for an amazing group of women, but just as importantly we’re here to have a good time while doing it. Don’t forget to use your Charity Miles app if you are running with your phone.

When you do, use the hashtag #3CORWarriors into your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any social media app. This will be a way to “tag” ourselves as the official participants of the 3 COR Warriors virtual race so we can try and tally up all the miles we rack up together.

And lastly, if you’d like to share any part of the experience of your run, or share any pictures, anything at all: please don’t be shy about sending them to me as well. I’ll post them up on my blog and social media so we can all share in the fun!

If you haven’t

I look forward to seeing your times and hearing your stories. If you have any other questions at all, please don’t hesitate to send them to me back at this email address.

Thanks again, and have a great run!