Throwback Thursday

When we decided to do a Virtual run we honestly didn’t know how big it would be so we decided to “shoot for the stars” by ordering 2000 medals. Yes, you read right 2000 MEDALS! To date we have sold 400 medals which is truly awesome but we still have a goal to sell the remaining 1600 whether it takes 1 month, 6 months or even a year, we just want to sell these medals because it will help these three families TREMENDOUSLY!

For those of you that have signed up, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! These medals were made with love, support and with the idea we are a family that come together during hard times. I know personally, that Ellie and Kym love seeing all these photos and feeling the love and support from each of you!

For those of you that are still on the fence about signing up below is a short recap of what we have done thus far for the #3CORWarriors

Here is a map showing where everyone has signed up thus far (that is 400 people between US and Canada)! Can we get all 50 States filled?

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What states don’t we have someone registered in yet? ONLY 12 STATES!

  • New Mexico
  • Kansas
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Arkansas
  • Iowa
  • Alabama
  • West Virginia
  • Deleware
  • Maine

But lets not stop there… let’s get people registered from other countries

  • England
  • Sweden
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Ireland
  • India
  • …list goes on and on

How much have we raised with this virtual run? To date we have raised roughly $8000 from selling these medals. Remember that $5 of each entry goes back to the cost of the medals whatever is left goes to these girls. If you choose to register and donate more awesome, anything over the $5 will go to the fund. Make sure when you register you do this as a friends and family so that PayPal cost won’t be taken out.

REGISTER HERE!

How many miles have been ran thus far for these girls? Well, as of today (May 25, 2017) there has been 486.69 miles  with accumulate activity time of 310:11:18 and counting!

This all so amazing!! Don’t forget to register by June 4 to be entered into some awesome prizes. Speaking of prizes, make sure you check out the list of prizes we have thus far!

PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!

If you have any questions please feel free to email me rachel.hillary@gmail.com. Please note, I will be traveling to Liverpool this week for a race (May 25-May 29) and won’t be checking email until my return. So if you don’t hear back from me right away that is why!

Cheers!

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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!!! 

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

1 Week Away, Sign UP Today!

We are officially 1 week away from the start of the 3 COR Warriors Virtual Run and we couldn’t be more excited about hosting this virtual event in honor of our 3 COR Warriors; Kym, Ellie and Corrina.

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This past weekend Kym and Ellie did their first race back since this accident, the Cherry Creek Sneak along side their COR family who all ran in honor of Corrina.  Prior to the race, the COR captains took a moment to remember Corrina. They blew bubbles in her honor and gave away seed bombs for people to plant on their favorite trail. A highlight to the event was seeing Ellie and Kym cross the finish line together on their own.  The entire event was filled with smiles, tears, laughs, memories, family, and friends.  Below are just a few pictures from the event this weekend.

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Please take a moment and share this event! We promise it is one for the books and the medal is just as badass as these warriors! If you haven’t registered, what is stopping you? Here are just a few reasons to sign up for this race:

  1. Supporting our 3 COR Warriors (Kym, Ellie and Corrina)
  2. Custom 4″ Medal dedicated to these ladies
  3. Chance to win some awesome raffle prizes
  4. Weekly updates and motivation
  5. Community which is more like a family
  6. Enjoy Nature!
  7. Fitness (walk, run, bike, swim any distance you like)

There are a million other reasons why you should join us in this virtual run! If you live in Colorado we have various groups that are getting together to complete this challenge (more details of that to come). We have set up a Facebook event page for people to post pictures, words of encouragement etc. If you like to join the Facebook event page click HERE.

SIGN UP HERE!

1st Round of MEDALS have ARRIVED

Looked what arrived today in the mail!!!! The first shipment of medals for the Guts & Glory 2014 Virtual Run! I am working on prepping to ship them out this weekend of Monday! Please bare with me. If you were hesitant on registering, well you are in luck there are still 25 spots available. Already as a group with 72 people submitting results we have ran 609 miles as a whole! There is still a week left to submit results.

Thus far our group is up to 125 people from all around the world! See for yourself here where people are running: http://wp.me/P4BzVC-4n

Register now via PayPal http://bit.ly/11ujmCw its only $20 and you get this AWESOME medal!

PS did I mention we have some AMAZING and AWESOME prizes we are raffling away.

For more info visit: https://crushcrohns.wordpress.com/

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