It’s hard for me to believe that my TNT experience is now over. On Saturday night, I loaded up on carbohydrates and took in as much of the TNT experience as I could.
The arrival at the pasta party was beyond words. We arrived at the conference center and walked into an entryway lined with cheering people. I’m not just talking about clapping and yelling. The coaches, mentors, captains, and honorees were lining the way to the stairwell and were ringing cowbells, clapping, and cheering. It was deafening but awesome. The crazy part was that they were all cheering for US!!! It was the first time that I truly felt the magnitude of my fundraising accomplishment. It’s all thanks to YOU.
During the dinner, various speakers entertained and inspired us including Runner World’s columnist John “the Penguin” Bingham, Olympic Marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson, and an amazing guest honoree whose name I do not know but whose story will remain in my heart forever. To summarize the night: We laughed and we cried, and we were inspired.
From the dinner, we came back to the hotel for some good old hanging out with the girls. My TNT experience is coming in on the closure, and I am really going to miss it.
Did I mention that TNT raised 18 MILLION DOLLARS toward cancer research in the Nike Marathon alone? Wow! Way to Go Team!