Support Our Mom-Son Run for the Rivers

$1,000 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 63 months
Carol Schlenker
for Anacostia Watershed Society, Inc.
Registration fee: $100
Fundraising goal: $1,000
Running the Marine Corps Marathon with your mom/son: PRICELESS

When Yazar asked me earlier this year if I would run the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) with him, I didn't hesitate (much!) before saying yes. I'm thrilled (1) that my teenager wants to do something with me and (2) that he will reap the benefits of marathon training at a much younger age than I did. As any endurance athlete knows, the discipline, confidence and long view you develop preparing for an event like the MCM strengthen all aspects of your life.

Yaya and I are running for the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), the only environmental group among the MCM's charity partners and a Catalogue of Philanthropy featured nonprofit for 2012-2013. If you live near the Anacostia or one of its 13 tributaries (Northwest Branch, Northeast Branch, Sligo Creek, Paint Branch, Little Paint Branch, Indian Creek, Beaverdam Creek, Still Creek, Dueling Creek, Lower Beaverdam, Hickey Run, Watts Branch and Pope Branch), AWS is working to make your rivers clean, swimmable and fishable. Imagine that!

Whether you dream of clean rivers, appreciate intergenerational adventures, or just plain like me and/or Yaya, we hope you'll donate a few dollars to AWS on our behalf by July 31 (see detailed instructions below).

Thanks for your support!
Carol & Yazar

You may support Team Schlenker by making a tax-deductible donation to AWS in one of four ways:
(1) Donate through this site (note that GoFundMe and PayPal charge small fees for each donation);
(2) Donate directly to AWS online (be sure to check the "I would like to make this donation in honor or in memory of a friend or family member" box and type in "MCM/Yazar & Carol Schlenker" in the honoree field);
(3) Call AWS at (301) 699-6204 with your credit card information; or
(4) Send a check to Anacostia Watershed Society,The George Washington House, 4302 Baltimore Avenue, Bladensburg, MD 20710 (be sure to write ""MCM/Yazar & Carol Schlenker" on the memo line.

AWS will send you a thank-you note and let us know about your contribution.

Thanks again!

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Dear friends and family,

I'm pleased to report that Yazar and I finished the Marine Corps Marathon: Yazar at a very respectable 4:16; me at 5:02 "“ a personal best. We are very happy, hungry and sore tonight!

Running is considered an individual sport, but for us it was a team effort. Today Yaya and I couldn't have finished the race without our one-man pit crew, Aungthu, who grabbed a Capital Bikeshare bike near his work, rode down to the Mall, and supplied us with orange slices, pretzels and encouragement at the 11-, 16- and 20-mile marks, as well as updates on our race pace (yes, there's an app for that). Then there were the spectators, generous souls who stand in the cold for hours simply to boost the spirits of the runners. Complete strangers cheered us on by name (I ironed on our names to our shirts beforehand); I particularly appreciated shout-outs from fellow women, not to mention the strapping young Marine near Mile 19 who shouted, "C'mon, Carol "“ looking good, baby!", and of course our running coach Chris Sloane who appeared like a vision at the last mile. Others reached out their hands to slap in support as we passed by, from toddlers to teenagers to grandmas. Still others created hilarious signs to keep the mood light, including "You're running better than the government" (seen multiple times), "Pain is temporary, but race results are on the Internet forever," "You're all Kenyans to us," and a perennial favorite, "Worst Parade EVER." Long before race day, Chris and his co-coach Becca from Potomac River Running helped prepare us with their expert advice and warm encouragement. PR Running also fitted me with good shoes, and this is the first marathon in which all 10 of my toenails survived! And of course, there's you guys "“ Kay Thwe, Kathleen, Suzan, Susan, Kathy (and Brian and Kinsey), Lynne, Natasha, Shawna, Anonymous 1, Courtland, my sister Christy, Aungthu, my sister Lisa, Anonymous 2, Debi, my friend Lisa, Alana and, last but not least, my biggest supporter, Mom. We couldn't have reached the starting line, let alone the finish line, without your generous financial and moral support. We are so grateful to you and everyone who helped us succeed today "“ thank you! My body may be in pain tonight, but my faith in humanity is restored.

With much love from your MCM Finishers,
Carol & Yaya

(P.S. I know all of these posts come with a "Donate" button. Please disregard it; this message is truly just to say thank you!)
With Miles the USMC Bulldog (not bear!)
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Thank you again to all our donors ... you'll be with us tomorrow.
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Yaya and I love our coaches, Chris Sloane and Becca Curry (pictured in front), who lead the Potomac River Running Distance Training Program. We have greatly benefited from their expertise and encouragement while enjoying the company of our motley crew of fellow runners on the Sunday morning long runs and Wednesday evening track workouts. If you want to join a running program or need some gear, I highly recommend this great local business.
Potomac River Running DTP friends
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UPDATE: Yazar and I both completed our 20-mile training run today. Doing so was definitely not a foregone conclusion. Yazar's had trouble with his arches, but rest and orthotics seem to have helped. I'm usually hammered with seasonal allergies this time of year, but so far have kept them at bay with a daily dose of Claritin. Today's run was critical, and I'm now much more confident that Yazar and I will be able to cross the finish line of the Marine Corps Marathon.

All of you were in my thoughts today. Early in the run, I decided to do metta meditation. This is the recitation of the following words: "May I be well, happy and peaceful. May no harm come to me. May no difficulties come to me. May no problems come to me. May I always meet with success. May I also have patience, courage, understanding, and determination to meet and overcome inevitable difficulties, problems, and failures in life." You wish these things first for yourself, then your parents, teachers, relatives, friends, indifferent people, enemies, and finally all living beings. I did a special marathon version, saying the words for each one of you and thinking about how much you mean to me and how grateful I am for your love, support and friendship. Thoughts of you made the time and miles fly by and set the tone for a very successful run (metta + runner's high = bliss).

Thanks again for supporting me and Yazar!

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Raised by 19 people in 63 months
Created July 7, 2013
Funds raised will benefit:
Anacostia Watershed Society, Inc.
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Bladensburg, MD
EIN: 521666511
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Natasha Merezhinskaya
59 months ago

Love the T-shirt! Hey, guys, we are behind you. Have a great run tomorrow!

62 months ago
Christy Neroni
62 months ago

Good luck to Yaya and my"Second Favorite Sister"..ha, ha!! Love, Chrissy, Jon and Ben

Suzan Kern
62 months ago

Hope you make your goal ... money and miles!

62 months ago
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