Posted on March 11, 2013 by Steve Cannon
Sometimes it’s better to let others do the talking. The following blog is from one of the participants in this summer’s Million Dollar Marathon. You can still apply to join the team here.
Well said Brady!!!
Training “officially” started on Saturday and I was dodging so many puddles that I felt like a contestant on American Ninja Warrior. Within the first few minutes my feet were soaked and I was feeling pretty underwhelmed by my inaugural run. That was, until I got to Lake Harriet and came upon hundreds of runners partaking in the 100% Irish for A Day 5K and 10 mile run. Conveniently, I needed to run 10 miles anyway and it is much more entertaining to do it amongst packs of runners in kilts, green tights and Lucky Charm-style hats and sunglasses. I normally do not condone “race-crashing,” but I was able to justify it on this special occasion.
It struck me as I ran in these less than preferable conditions that this summer when the MDM team runs across the country, chances are we will encounter adverse conditions like these, or perhaps worse. My mind was spinning as I contemplated the implications of this for the first time. Most of us are following Hal Higdon’s marathon training guide, (which, I agree that it is the best out there), but even Hal can’t prepare us for driving rain in the Pacific Northwest, snow in the Rocky Mountains, or gale-force winds across the Great Plains. You can’t train for these conditions…it takes courage, heart, dedication. Then I remembered who I was running with…CANCER SURVIVORS AND SUPPORTERS. My teammates have been through far worse obstacles in life, and it would be tough to assemble a team better prepared for this challenge.
I then realized that during my state of panic, I had increased my pace considerably without a noticeable increase in effort. I had gone to a place mentally that took me to a different level on my training run. I remember this “runners high” from past long runs and races I have run, and every time I wish I could bottle it up. The closest I can get is to recreate the formula that got me to this place on Saturday: 1) listen to good music, 2) envision yourself in the Rocky Mountains in a rainstorm; and lastly, picture running into the Atlantic Ocean with 159 friends and teammates. If you aren’t overcome with emotion at least once during your run, try again.
Now let’s get out there and become American Ninja Warriors.
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Posted on January 30, 2013 by Steve Cannon
I am not good at keeping a secret!!! Those of you closest to me know that for the last two months I have been working with Above and Beyond Cancer on a TOP SECRET PROJECT!! Above and Beyond Cancer is a Des Moines Based foundation doing incredible Advocacy and inspirational work for the Cancer community. Founded by Dr, Richard Deming and with Charlie Wittmack as Exec. Director they have done great things over the past year. (see link above).
Today was the day. At 10 am we announced “The Million Dollar Marathon“
Million Dollar Marathon Press Conference
June 21st, The first runner of a team of 160 Cancer Survivors and Supporters will run an entire marathon. When finished, that person will hand the baton to their teammate and so on until they have ran a 3850 mile marathon relay across the United States in an effort to raise One Million Dollars for Cancer Research and Advocacy Programs.
Has Cancer touched your life? Want to join the Team? You can apply to do just that at The Million Dollar Marathon link above.
Man am I glad to have that off my chest….I told you, I’m not good at keeping secrets.
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Posted on November 14, 2012 by Steve Cannon
Great Article by Tina Owen!! Once a Hawkeye!! Proud to represent the Hawks and humbled that they would do this!! http://www.iowalum.com/magazine/oct12/run.cfm
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Posted on September 27, 2012 by Steve Cannon
It’s easy to remember the crucial factor that helped me finally get my life, and myself, back after cancer—people.
After four months of intensive chemo, I was lost. Felt tired all the time. My hair still wasn’t growing back. I couldn’t get used to my “new normal”—and I didn’t want to. Thanks to two amazing Lance Armstrong Foundation programs that connected me with other survivors going through the same thing, I didn’t have to.
They gave me a network of support—people who had my back and let me know it every day. That made all the difference in my fight. And I’m proud to report that I just completed my first triathlon ever!
This LIVESTRONG Day, you have the chance to be there for millions of survivors like me, all around the world, in an incredibly powerful way. But you have to act quickly.
On LIVESTRONG Day—October 2—people around the world are coming together to do something extraordinary. For one full day, we’ll share more than 100,000 personal messages simultaneously on Facebook and Twitter in the largest global show of support for survivors in history.
Even better, every message means another dollar will be donated to the Lance Armstrong Foundation to put into programs like the ones that turned my life around—Cancer Transitions and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.
As a cancer survivor, I can tell you it’s going to be an amazing moment for survivors and supporters everywhere. But we all need to get involved to make it happen.
Share your message of support to be a part of an unprecedented global support network for the world’s 28 million cancer survivors:
I can’t wait for this massive LIVESTRONG Day event because, quite honestly, if it wasn’t for the substantial work of the Lance Armstrong Foundation I wouldn’t be where I am today. I hope you take part.
Thank you for all you do to support the Foundation and survivors like me,
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Posted on August 28, 2012 by Steve Cannon
Thought I’d share with you a few more images from the run around Lake Michigan. It has been an exciting time since returning from Navy Pier. Many of you know Jenn Gibbons, who rowed Lake Michigan’s perimeter shortly after I finished running it. If you don’t, then google search her and be ready to be amazed at the story of her journey. Jenn and I are joining forces to share our adventures, speaking around the country. She’ll be here with me in October at Pioneer. I am excited to be headed to Cedar Rapids to speak at Rockwell Collins soon. Will also be speaking with the LIVESTRONG group here in Des Moines at the Mercy Clinic. Thank you Dr. Deming (google search that man also!!). No group is to big or to small to share the story and continue to raise funds and awareness for those in the Cancer fight. If you would like to set up a speaking engagement, drop me a call at 515.707.0170. Enjoy the photos. (Thanks Tobin Bennett!! Great Pics bro!!)
More Photos coming soon….
PS… I need 125 people who would want to run a marathon and be a part of the largest fundraiser in LIVESTRONG grassroots history. You could be part of a non stop relay across the United States. 3000 miles in 28 days. Think you got 26.2 miles in those legs??? I DO!!!!
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Posted on May 16, 2012 by Steve Cannon
Years ago, Lance Armstrong wrote a book called “It’s Not About the Bike”. I did not realize at the time that this book would change my life. If you have yet to read the book, I would suggest giving it a look. The title is true to the content. Bike riding is a part of the book obviously, but this is a book about LIFE.
28 Million people live with this disease worldwide. Staggering.
I have a couple “rules” I try my best to live by. IF, and that is a HUGE if, we are fortunate enough to have our health than we have 2 basic obligations. One is to honor ourselves by living our life as BIG and full as we can. Be the best Parent, volunteer, adventurer, the best you that you can be. Second, and I believe even more important is to use that health to benefit those who are not so lucky.
On May 27th I’ll begin a 40 day Run around Lake Michigan which will amount to a marathon a day; give or take. It’s not about THE RUN. It is about doing something that brings attention to the number one killer of our fellow man. While great groups like the American Cancer Society and the Leukemia/Lymphoma society raise millions to end this disease, The Lance Armstrong Foundation works to help those diagnosed with Cancer live, beat and sometimes lose the battle with Cancer on THEIR terms.
As I Forrest Gump my way around Lake Michigan it will not be about THE RUN. It will be about 40 days bringing attention to this disease and raising money and awareness to help all those who are or will be diagnosed with Cancer. I invite you to join me. Come run with me, share this with all you know, donate, whatever moves you.
See you at Lake Michigan….
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Posted on April 30, 2012 by Steve Cannon
Each and every one of you is incredibly busy in your life. You are a successful business person, an all star parent, a volunteer in your community, the list can go on and on. I am honored that you take a few valuable minutes to check out The Run to Cure Cancer. Once here, you may be moved for whatever reason to click on the “Donate” button. If that is a choice you make, then let me personally say Thank You from the 28 Million people worldwide who fight this disease every day.
I believe that we as Human beings are always eager to see the good in others and hesitate to pat ourselves on the back; to allow ourselves to say “I did that, and I’m damn proud of it”, even if just to ourselves. Many of you have already donated to this years run and because of that people who you will never meet will have a better life.
The group in the video is called Imerman’s Angels. What they are doing moves me to tears every time I watch it. When your done, pat yourself on the back…even better give yourself a GIANT hug. Your donation helps to fund groups like these. YOU PROVIDE ANGELS!!
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Posted on April 26, 2012 by Steve Cannon
On Sunday May 27th, the Run to Cure Cancer will kick off from Navy Pier. Show of hands….Who out there has had Cancer affect their life somehow? Has someone you love been taken; is your friend in the battle? Do you know someone that has survived the disease? I can say yes to all three. I’ll bet each of you reading this can as well.
May 27th we will honor them all!! We’ll meet around 8 am at Harry Caray’s on Navy Pier with the run starting at 9. The first day event is “Run a Marathon, Run a Mile”. If you are a survivor, battling the disease or running for someone who is, ALL are invited. Whatever your distance, whatever your pace it makes no difference. Each of us will run that day to celebrate life and show those that are in the fight that we are all in this together. If one person on this planet has Cancer than in some way we all do. We’re all connected.
See you there,
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Posted on March 1, 2012 by Steve Cannon
Why Run 40 Marathons in 40 Straight Days
You get asked many questions when you decide to do something like this. One that always gets asked…..WHY?
I’ll run for the 1500 people who will die from Cancer TODAY
….and the thousands more who will fight it
I’ll run because I miss my Grandma
I’ll run for My Aunt Barbara who Cancer took at 44 years old. I’m 45
I’ll run for the adventure and the challenge
I’ll run for my friend Darin. Cancer Survivor AND Ironman
I’ll run around the world’s 6th largest lake to raise $250,000
I’ll run for my friend Drennan, A Mother, Wife and breast cancer survivor who’s not even 40 yet
I’ll run because it scares the hell out of me
I’ll run because I can…and because others can’t
I’ll run for everyone YOU know that has won or lost to Cancer
Join the fight…Share what we are doing…Together we can do anything!! Thank You
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Posted on February 14, 2012 by Steve Cannon
When you make a donation to The Run to Cure Cancer, I wonder if you realize just what you are doing. I mean….it is an incredible thing to dip into your own pocket and give to something that does not directly benefit you or your family. That act in and of itself is something to be very proud of!! It struck me though just the other day that I wondered if any of you REALLY know what you are doing. Your donation improves and in some cases saves the life of someone diagnosed with Cancer. People are living longer, better, STRONGER because of YOU. Please take a moment and let that sink in. Someone, somewhere who you don’t know and will probably never meet will have a better quality of life after Cancer because of YOU!! In 2010 Nearly 29 Million Dollars went to the numerous programs that grassroot fundraisers like you help to fund. Over the next couple months we’ll be sharing with you some of those programs so you can see first hand the gift YOU are giving. The video is a piece on a program called “Livestrong at the YMCA”.
From Survivors everywhere, Thank YOU. YOU are amazing
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