Sunday, October 30, 2011

Type 1 Athletes Begin Run Across America

I could not admire these athletes any more than I do.
I am following them every step of the way and you can too!

Here is the press release:

Team Type 1-SANOFI Running Team Begins 3,000 Mile Cross Country Run
on Thursday, October 27, in Oceanside, CA

Athletes will run through cities in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey before finishing in New York City on World Diabetes Day

Oceanside, CA - October  25, 2011 – This week, ten members of the Team Type 1-SANOFI running team will embark on the journey of a lifetime. The athletes, who all have Type 1 diabetes, will run 3,000 miles across America in an effort to spread the message of better health through proper diabetes management, increase awareness of the growing diabetes crisis in the U.S., and promote prevention through exercise. Team Type 1 is a global sports organization dedicated to radically changing the lives of people around the world with diabetes and home to a world-class athletic program.

Powered by global healthcare leader SANOFI, a supporting partner of the Team Type 1 racing teams and its athletes, the running team plans a non-stop, 24-hour per day, relay style run to finish around World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2011.  It is the first-ever such effort by a team of runners with diabetes.

The trek will begin on Thursday, October 27, 2011 in Oceanside, CA and will continue through cities including Santa Fe, NM; Emporia, KS; Columbia, MO; St. Louis, MO; Indianapolis, IN; Dayton, OH; Springfield, OH; Columbus, OH; Washington, PA; Harrisburg, PA; Allentown, PA; Easton, NJ and Newark, NJ. The full route with up-to-date information regarding the team’s location can be accessed at: beginning on Friday, October 28. With over 3,000 miles of stories, team members will be documenting their journey, taking pictures, shooting video and posting blogs each day.

“We are so proud of our Team Type 1 – SANOFI runners who are taking on this monumental feat and showing the world what is possible with diabetes,” said Phil Southerland, Founder and CEO of Team Type 1. “I think these athletes can be an inspiration for others to take control of their health, whether they are struggling with Type 1 diabetes or working to become healthy and prevent Type 2 diabetes.”

Led by Tom Kingery, a four-time Ironman competitor and Director of the Team Type 1-SANOFI Running & Triathlon teams, the 10-man roster includes athletes whose accomplishments span top finishes in the Ironman World Championships, the New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon, multiple ultra-marathon events and an NCAA Final Four Soccer Champion.

The full Team Type 1 roster includes the following:

Tom Kingery, Delaware OH
Casey Boren, Boise, ID
Brian Foster, East Amherst, NY
Tom Grossman, Midland, MI
Ryan Jones, Morrisville, PA
Jon Obst, Kennesaw, GA
Matt Patrick, Larchmont, NY
Kevin Powell, Nutley, NJ
Ben Semeyn, Rockford, MI
Eric Tozer, Los Angeles, CA

The running team will be backed by several partners including SANOFI, VSP Vision Care, Newton Running Footwear, ShareCare, RoadID, PowerBar, McMillan Training and RecoveryPump.   All will play a major role in ensuring that the Team Type 1 runners receive proper care during the 15-day haul. 

To learn more about Team Type 1 and for daily updates from the road during the cross-country run, visit and connect on Facebook or Twitter.

About Team Type 1
Based in Atlanta, GA, Team Type 1 began as a grassroots initiative to motivate people to take control of their diabetes using cycling as a platform.  Partnering with global healthcare leader, SANOFI, it grew to become a world-class athletic program for all athletes with diabetes, including a professional men's cycling team, poised to compete in the Tour de France. Today, it is a global sports organization changing the lives of people with diabetes around the world through racing, groundbreaking research, international outreach and philanthropic initiatives in developing countries.


Keep calm and RUN ON!!


Meri said...

Hey, I was going to post about this tomorrow! I'll just send everyone over to you to read the dets! (Am I too old to say, dets?)

I think this is AMAZING too! And look, two comments in two days. I'm on a roll baby!

Sarah said...

what an incredible team! Inspiring to all of us for sure :)

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