Running for a cause

By Jennifer Jones, sponsored Moo Squad athlete

It’s safe to say that runners, bikers, triathletes, and competitors in general go through phases when they might lose motivation for competitions. When my motivation hits a wall, I find that channeling my energy to help a good cause can keep me going.

This summer I was asked to participate in the 10th Annual Tri for a Cure Triathlon with a co-worker, Heather.  The Tri for a Cure is Maine’s only all-women triathlon, where thousands of women get together to participate in this event and join together in the fight against cancer.  We all raise money for this event to support for the Maine Cancer Foundation and help create a cancer-free Maine. This year, the more than 1300 participants raised over $2 million! Knowing that I was a part of that is incredibly inspiring.

Jennifer (right) and her co-worker Heather in good spirits before the start of the triathlon.

The Tri for a Cure is a sprint triathlon that consists of a USAT-sanctioned 1/3 mile swim, a 15 mile bike ride and a 3 mile run.  For the event, Heather and I completed the race as a relay team.

 

I completed the swim, Heather completed the bike, and we ran together. The swim was in the ocean. The water was wetsuit-worthy at 68 degrees but not too bad and was pretty calm.

Stoked for the swim portion!

I swam the 1/3 mile swim course in 13 minutes and then made my way up to the bike transition to make the exchange to Heather. Heather made her way out onto the bike course and rocketed through the 15 miles in 48 minutes, and then we made our way out onto the run course. We cruised through the 3 mile run, and finished the entire race in 1 hour and 39 minutes, good enough for an 18th place relay team finish.

Supporters on the side lines keep up the racers’ spirits as they finish the triathlon with the running portion.

The entire course is lined with loud and encouraging supporters, and probably one of the most inspiring races I have ever been in. We even ran past a lady holding up a sign that read, “I had chemo on Friday, you can do this!” And, if that isn’t the epitome of inspiration, I don’t know what is.

When you need some extra energy; a great race day breakfast is overnight oats. I had a serving of overnight oats before the Tri for a Cure! Combine equal parts rolled oats and milk and yogurt, along with extra additions for flavoring. My favorite additions are almonds, mini chocolate chips, and coconut!