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tune in for random news from me (kina), running tips from our pro coaches, and featured stories and videos from fellow teammates! send in your stories and videos to runteamkina@gmail.com.

Coach Abel Chops Off His Hair!!

 

Victory!

Last week, Kina and her family and team ran their half-marathon in Laguna Hills!  

Thanks, everyone, for your support, enthusiasm, and participation!

Keep us updated with your own progress and race experiences.  If you wish to keep fundraising for the LLS on your own, all the RTK fundraising pages have been reactivated by the charity.

 

it's not too late!

 

Here's a great pic of Kina registering to be a bone marrow donor at her May 18th LA show! You, too, can join the registry at either of her Honolulu shows (tonight and tomorrow night), or by visiting marrow.org, and using code "kina"

 

WE DID IT!

Thank you, RTK-ers!

We have reached the end of Fundraising

Well, this is it.  After ten quick, exhausting weeks of enthusiastic pavement-pounding, we can finally take a collective breath, pat each other on the back, and congratulate one another for a job well done.  

 

You all did a truly amazing job in spreading the cause of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and inspiring your communities to join us in the search for a cure to cancer.  Today, alone, saw an unbelievable flurry of donations roll in, bringing us ever closer to our goal of raising $50,000 and funding a research grant.  The LLS is currently calculating all our various avenues of donations, and will have a final total for us this weekend.  I have never been so proud to be associated with any group of people in the way I'm proud to be associated with all you wonderful RTK-ers.  

 

As you may have heard, Kina is nominated for the LLS Woman of the Yea in Greater LA.  This weekend, many of the candidates are meeting and being honored for their efforts.  Though Kina will not be there, the LLS is using the opportunity to recognize the contribution of Run Team Kina, and announce our final total.  I think they'll have good news for us. ;)

 

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!  YOU ARE MY HEROES!

-Coach Abel

Our RTCake!

Made by the very talented Haley Harris!

Run Team Kina Live

Thanks for making this an unforgettable event, RTK-ers!

Fundraising Challenge #4

Congratulations to Harie Pyo for winning last week's fundraising challenge.  Also, congratulations to everyone participating in RTK, as our accumulative logged miles have now topped 30,000!  Wow, way to go.

Now let's get on to this week's challenge:

 

Whoever raises the most through their RTK webpage* between TODAY and THURSDAY (Apr 19th) will win this one-of-a-kind SIGNED PROP FROM KINA'S "VALENTINE" VIDEO!

The runner-up will also win a prize... Season 2 DVDs of COMMUNITY, signed by Dr. Ken Jeong (aka Chang)!

Dr. Jeong heard about all the great work y'all are all doing with RTK, and was very happy to throw his support behind our cause. 

 

FINE PRINT:

*You can set up a fundraising page HERE. Only donations collected through the personal webpages are counted towards the fundraising challenges, as they are the only donations we can track immediately.  No donations collected before today (Fri 13th) count towards this particular challenge.  And remember: the prizes don't go to the top donors, but to the top fundraisers, so everyone has an equal shot at winning this one.  Please remember to THANK YOUR DONORS!  They really appreciate that. 

Good luck!  I'll meet you back here in one week with winners and our final fundraising challenge!

Best,

Coach Abel

 

RTK CASUAL LA 5K!

Join Kina's manager, JK3000, and Coach Abel for a fun-and-easy 5k jog through Griffith Park!

We'll chat about fitness, fundraising, goals, music, and whatever else is on your mind.  This is not an organized race; just a chance to meet up and share our enthusiasm for RTK!

 

  • When: This Sunday, April 15th, 2pm (we'll start our run at 2:20pm)
  • Where: Meet at the Merry-Go-Round (address, parking lots are nearby)
  • What to bring: Water, sunscreen, good vibes

 

We'll jog as a group, probably around a 10min/mi pace, and we'll take some walk breaks. 

Look for the Red RTK shirts!  Hope to see you there!

EDIT:  The event is now scheduled for 2pm   (previously 12pm)  

Fundraising Challenge #3

What an unbelievably exciting day.  In case you didn't hear the news, the Run Team Kina Live show on stageit.com raised over $15,000 (yes, thousand!) for the LLS.  We are all beside ourselves over here, and wish we could hug and personally thank each and every one of you for helping us achieve that amazing benchmark.  Our total RTK fundraising over $30,000.  We are less than $20,000 from our goal, and still have three weeks left to really pound that pavement and make up that difference.
 
We also want to congratulate last week's fundraising challenge winners: Gianni Babino & Edwin Chua!!!
 
And that brings us to this week's Fundraising Challenge:
Anyone who can raise at least $300 through their RTK webpage by Friday the 13th (gasp!) will be entered in a drawing to win this amazing signed prop from Kina's "Valentine" music video!!*

*This challenge takes into account what you've raised so far, so if you've already raised $299, then you're only a dollar away.  BUT at least one donation has to be made through your page between now and Thursday the 12th to be eligible.  Only online donations are counted for the weekly challenges, as they are the only donations we can track immediately.  You can set up a personalized RTK fundraising page HERE!

Good luck, thanks again, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Best,

Coach Abel

New song: "Make It Go"

Download "Make It Go": http://vsb.li/EkvElg
100% of your 99¢ goes toward the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the fight to cure blood cancers.

This song is dedicated to my mother who was diagnosed with a blood cancer 11 years ago. She is amazing and strong and doing well and one of the most amazing humans you could ever meet.

p.s. I hate cancer.

Support by making a donation to LLS here:
http://vsb.li/2Z8apE

Run Team Kina
http://www.runteamkina.com

RTK-ers around the world!!

Our total RTK mileage has just reached 25,215... the circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles. That means we've collectively traveled around the globe, and even did a 300 mile victory lap! Congrats, team!

Coach's Motivational Quotes

“It never gets easier, you just go faster.”

— Greg LeMond (former professional cyclist)

 

A Message From Jon

 

Hello Run Team Kina….

 

Let me start with a quick introduction for the very many of you who have no idea who I am and why I’ve been given the massive privilege of writing for this site.  My name is Jonathan Kalter (@jkthreethousand).  I’m a Scorpio.  I’m from New Jersey.  I drink too much coffee.  Also, I hate running.  I also hate asking for favors…especially when those favors involve money. 

 

Oh, and I’m Kina’s manager.

 

Also, about 7 years ago, my grandfather – Irwin E Kalter – lost an almost decade-long battle with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer that attacks the plasma cells in bone marrow. 

 

So suddenly I’m faced with the following:  I am active, but I am not a runner.  And I have earned the right to ask a favor from a friend or family member, but I have never been someone comfortable asking for someone else to give me money.  And yet I manage an artist who, beyond being insanely talented, has initiated a two-pronged campaign both encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle and raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma society, an incredible organization that helps those diagnosed with cancers like the one that took my grandfather and the one that Kina’s mom was diagnosed with. 

 

Also, I occasionally favor run-on sentences.

 

Brevity is for the easily-distracted. 

 

And twitter.

 

Anyway, I don’t love running and I still don’t love asking for money, but I loved my grandfather.  And I love my father who I watched agonize over his father’s sickness, whether from a lack of understanding or worry or from having to watch a man with a treatment-induced (literally) broken back struggle in and out of a car almost weekly to try any and every medication/treatment that anyone would recommend.  There wasn’t and isn’t a cure for Multiple Myeloma but there can be.  And I hate cancer and I hate seeing my friends and family suffer and there isn’t a person alive who can’t empathize with me.  And I can do something.   So I will.

 

I’m going to run a half-marathon for Run Team Kina.  I’m going to take the red RTK tank top I bought and write my grandfathers’ names on the back (my mother’s father – Harry Kingsley – died from lung cancer – he was a non-smoker).  And I’m not going to half-ass it.  I’m going to run it well.  I’m going to continue training (Kina and I ran 8.2 miles throughout Sydney last Sunday) and come June I am going to finish my first-ever organized race.

 

I’m also fundraising.  It wasn’t something I was especially comfortable with, but I made it very simple and straightforward.  I wrote a letter to my friends and family and explained what I was doing and why it was important to me.  I didn’t order them to help or try to sell them on my motives.  I just wrote an email – which I’ve shared below – before pointing them to my fundraising page for donations and the RTK site for more information.  I did a little following up here and there, but overall, it took little more than a humble request communicated through a personal note. 

 

I’m going to keep raising money for Run Team Kina.  I set a goal at the start and I’ve since surpassed it by about 50%.  And although I thought it would be incredibly uncomfortable, I’m not ashamed to have asked and I don’t feel guilty for having let someone invest their money in me.  In Kina.  On behalf of the millions of people who’ve been taken by cancer.  For a great cause.  An important cause.  A necessary cause.   And I will ask again. 

 

So that’s my story (after deleting 7 or 8 more paragraphs of run-ons and ill-placed jokes).   I wanted to share this story because I think that it’s important for you to know that this may very well be a campaign based around Kina Grannis and The Leukemia & Lymphoma society, but it is simultaneously so much more.  It’s about me.  It’s about my family and my friends.  And it’s about you and your friends and your loved ones. 

 

So…

Do something. 

We’re here to help you.

We’re proud of you.

Be proud of you.

Brevity.

 

XO

JK

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BELOW IS JON'S EMAIL TO FRIEND'S AND FAMILY.  FEEL FREE TO USE IT AS A TEMPLATE FOR YOUR OWN EMAIL.

**************************************************************************

From: Jonathan Kalter

To: (Undisclosed Recipients)

Subject: RUN TEAM KINA / THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY

 

dear friend and/or family member,

 

for the last three months i've been training for a half-marathon as a part of RUN TEAM KINA.  to date, i've run more than 150 miles (not consecutively) and on june 3rd, i will be running 13.1 more miles on behalf of kina grannis, kina's mother trish, THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY and my grandfathers IRWIN KALTER and HARRY KINGSLEY, both having passed away from cancers, the former from multiple myeloma (a rare blood cancer that affects the plasma inside bone marrow).  

 

through run team kina, our goal is to raise money for the wonderful people of the leukemia & lymphoma society, who do amazing work with cancer research as well as patient services, education and community services.  we have also engaged kina's fans in this campaign by allowing them to train alongside us, encouraging exercise and nutrition.  to date we've had more than 450 participants around the world running more, eating better and encouraging each other to be healthier individuals who take care of themselves.  

 

admittedly, this email is, in short - in my famously long-winded shortness - a request for a donation.  still, it is also an invitation to support me while i support a worthwhile cause with people i very much care for and on behalf of two men i have loved and respected and admired.  there is no minimum donation and, frankly, if you don't want to donate and simply want to share the message, that would still be very much appreciated. 

 

you can learn more about my campaign for RUN TEAM KINA and donate here:

http://los.runteamkina.llsevent.org/jkthreethousand

you can learn more about RUN TEAM KINA here: 

www.runteamkina.com

thank you!

jk

 

"Kina and Abed in the morning!"

HAPPY MONDAY, ATHLETES!

This morning, Kina shared a video she made with fellow RTK-er Danny Pudi (of NBC's Community). 

The video ties in to this week's Fundraising Challenge & prize:

Everyone who raises a total of $300 or more by Wednesday, April 4th will be entered into a drawing for one of two prizes: a five minute Skype call with Kina, OR a Community script signed by Joel McHale! That's right, TWO winners!

We have ONE MONTH left to reach our goal of $50,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and, right now, we have raised just north of $10,000.  Do you think we'll reach our goal?  I certainly do!  See below for some fundraising tips....
 
FUNDRAISING TIPS FOR SUCCESS:

  • Make sure to personalize your website, if you haven’t already done so. Upload a picture and explain why you’re participating in RTK! Problems with the website? Contact Breeana.Garrett@lls.org
  • List your online fundraising link in the signature of your email. Also, ask family members/friends to add the link to their email signatures. Example: "Your single act of donating could save a single life. Why wait? I'm raising funds for cancer research. To learn more, please visit my website [insert URL]."
  • Take advantage of Social Networking. Post your fundraising link on your Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter updates. Ask your friends to donate their status for the day or week to your fundraising link. You'll be amazed at how the donations come in!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask! You’ll be surprised at how many people will want to support you. Most people have been affected by cancer in their lives and just remember – you’re doing an amazing thing and saving lives!

If you need the RTK Fundraising Pack, containing donation forms and FAQs, you can download it at http://www.mediafire.com/?8z161zp6sl68pnh

Great work this past month, everyone!  It's truly inspiring to hear about all the wonderful progress you're making, both with your training and with your charitable fundraising.  Please keep sending us your success stories at runteamkina@gmail.com, and stay tuned for some great posts to the RTK blog later this week.

Very Best,
Coach Abel

 

And the winner is...

Congratulations to JENNEY SZETO , winner of our first fundraising challenge, & a five minute Skype call with Kina!!

Stay tuned; on Monday we will announce another tough fundraising challenge and an excellent Kina-related prize...

Thanks for all your hard work, RTK-ers!  Keep fighting the good fight.

-Coach Abel

 

 

Fundraising 101

A lot of people have been asking about fundraising, so I decided I'd make this little video to help walk you through getting started!

Download your RTK Fundraising Pack for fundraising FAQs, RTK flyers, LLS information and more:
http://www.mediafire.com/?8z161zp6sl68pnh

Our team goal is to raise $50,000 to fund a cancer research grant in our name. We have a ways to go, but I really believe we can do amazing things if we all come together. You might be surprised how willing friends and family might be to support you in your efforts and for LLS, so don't be afraid to let them know they can help!

Wishing you all the best in your fundraising efforts and please contact RTKfundraising@gmail.com if you have any questions at all!

Main donation page:
https://los.dojiggy.com/pledge/index.cfm?585F2208166478617002097A7D7B00150441...

Basic fundraising steps:
- decide if you are going to create a personal fundraising page or use the main page
- create and personalize your page (if you choose that option)
- write an email to friends, family, coworkers, etc about what you are doing, why it is important to you, your commitment to Run Team Kina as well as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- send the email
- follow up
- be awesome
- give thanks

Thank you all for inspiring me daily.

-Kina
http://www.runteamkina.com

Fundraising Challenge (and Prize!)

 

All RTK-ers who signed up for one of our LLS fundraising pages received a fun email from Kina today.  In it, she introduced our first Weekly Fundraising Challenge! 

This Week’s Challenge: Everyone who raises at least $100 through their LLS webpage by Wednesday, March 21 will be entered into a drawing to win a 5 minute Skype call with Kina!

 

CLICK HERE TO SET UP YOUR VERY OWN FUNDRAISING PAGE AND ENTER THE CHALLENGE!

 

Quick note: only online donations will count towards this challenge, as they are the only donations we can track immediately.  The winner will be contacted and announced on Friday, March 23st. 

 

Good luck, athletes!

-Coach Abel

Be The Match!

Today's post is from guest blogger Athena Asklipiadis of Mixed Marrow:
 
Every year, thousands of people are diagnosed with blood diseases like Leukemia and Lymphoma.  For some, the only cure is a bone marrow transplant.  Unfortunately, the odds are against them as 70% of those in need of a transplant cannot find a match within their families and must rely on the national registry for a chance at survival.  Matching is difficult since it relies on inherited genetics.  Even between siblings, the chance of matching is about 25%.  
 
See Kina's video in response to patient Janet Liang's plea for donors to register:
With incredible odds of matching, most patients have to depend on a complete stranger to save their life.  This is where YOU can make a difference.   By registering as a donor, you can possibly be that hero to someone.  RIght now, the registry looks to improve its diversity of donors, as minorities and mixed race donors are under-represented, leaving these patients with more difficult odds.  Kina, who is mixed race herself, recognizes this disparity and hopes you will help to diversify and grow the public registry, giving just a little more hope to patients and families all over the world.   
 
By registering as a donor, you can be saving the life of someone's loved one.  Most of us have been impacted by diseases like cancer, and I am sure if there was a cure, everyone would race out to get it.  Well, the beauty is that, for many, the cure is YOU.   You can be that hero when there is no hope, so please join today!  
 
If you are in generally good health and between 18-60 years old, please email us at donate@mixedmarrow.org for instructions on how to donate for free!  Mixed Marrow is an outreach through A3M and Be The Match, the national US registry.  If you have questions or concerns about donation, or if you would like to know how to register outside of the US, visit us at www.mixedmarrow.org.  If you have any other inquiries, we can be reached at info@mixedmarrow.org
 
Thanks so much RTK!
 
Athena Asklipiadis
Mixed Marrow
 

Some Notes on Fundraising

Hello Athletes, and Happy Valentine's Day!

I can't think of a more fitting holiday for Run Team Kina than V-Day.  I mean, beyond having Miss Valentine herself as our trusted team captain and a big ol' red heart as our logo, we are also all united by our love for one another and our dedication to helping others.  This year, you are all my Valentine (if you'll have me)!

As you probably know, Kina and many RTK-ers will embark on a 10-week fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, starting this Thursday at 12:01pm (PST).  If you'd like to participate, Kina's written up a very easy-to-follow primer on fundraising HERE , complete with the option of setting up your own RTK/LLS fundraising webpage for digital donations.

We also recognize that many of your plans for fundraising may bring you in contact with more cash and check donations than online credit card donations.  With that in mind, here are a few forms to help you keep track of donations:

  1. RTK Fundraising List - This blank chart will help you keep track of your donors, their information, and the donations you've collected.
  2. Tax-Receipt Donation Form - Be sure to ask your donors if they want a tax receipt from the LLS (this is often the case with adults, and/or large donations).  If so, please have him or her fill out one of these forms (It only takes a second!).  One form per donor.
  3. Donation Information - If a donor asks where his or her donation goes, here is a simple, handy list of a few of the LLS's services.

Certain types of fundraisers don't require you keeping diligent, detailed records of your donors' tax information.  For example, if you're trading goods or services for money (like in a bake sale, or hosting a music show, or walking your neighbor's dog), you don't need to collect anyone's personal information because, in these situations, YOU'RE the donor, donating your time and the money you earned from your event.  In that case, please send YOUR information to the LLS for a tax receipt.  I realize this can be confusing stuff, so if you have any questions, you can email 'em to me at rtkfundraising@gmail.com

Also, please do not send any donations to Kina or RTK.  All donations should be sent directly to the LLS, either through the donation webpages , or in the mail:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Attn: Breeana Garrett
6033 West Century Blvd, Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90045

I'm very proud to say that Run Team Kina has zero operating expenses.  That means that every penny of every dollar raised by RTK goes to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and helps in their mission to support blood cancer patience and help find a cure.  Thanks for being a part of this wonderful cause.

Oh, and if you're looking for a last-minute Valentine's gift (and don't mind waiting a week to receive it), how about sending your special someone an RTK running shirt?!

Happy Trails,

Coach Abel

 

 

Coach's Motivational Quotes #2

"Now bid me run,

And I will strive with things impossible."

-from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Within the context of the story, its almost a forgettable line, but when it stands on its own like this, I find it be both arresting and inspirational.  I like to write this quote on the soles of my running shoes before a big race.  Its just part of my routine to stay positive and focused (and, yes, it does make the shoes go faster!).

 

Right now, Kina and her crew are footing their way across Europe, and using their training runs as a fun way to familiarize themselves with all those amazing, ancient cities.  What a great way to experience a new place, right??  I heard they ran through a 39-degree Dublin this week.  Awesome.

 

Since the launch of RTK, the team's covered an accumulative 8647 miles!  That's the distance between Richmond, Virginia and Manila, Philippines, or over 1/3rd of Earth's circumference.  How many times do you think we will have looped the earth by the end of May?

 

You've all been making some excellent progress, and its so awesome to hear about your goals and plans for the future.  Keep up the good work, and keep up being outstanding.

 

Best,

Coach Abel

A little shoe-love for our RTK-ers!  Your effort and enthusiasm inspire those around you.  Great work, athletes!

 

Coach's Motivational Quotes #1

Whatever you can do, Or dream you can do, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!

-William Hutchinson Murray, in The Scottish Himalayan Expedition (quote often atrributed to Goethe)

Building a foundation - Rest & Recovery

A note from Kina:

I am a firm believer that you can really do whatever you put your mind to. If you're running for the first time and it feels completely foreign to you, like you're just not a runner... give it time. Remember that all runners were once non-runners. When I worked towards my first marathon, I trained alongside people who were completely new to running and watched them excitedly cross the finish line only five months later.  Also remember, while it takes a strong mind to make that possible, it also takes safe and careful training. 

Build your foundation.
If you don't build a solid foundation you could risk injuring yourself and jeopardizing the journey. Take small steps. If you're a total beginner, keep your workouts light--three 30 minute workouts a week is a safe starting point. 

Don't burn yourself out.
When you're doing your workouts, don't kill yourself! Go at a comfortable pace--a pace at which you can comfortably hold a conversation. If that's walking, great! If it's walking five minutes and jogging one minute, great! You can slowly build it up. We want to make sure everyone trains safely. I know how easy it is to get excited about something and want to go all out, but without proper conditioning, while your minds can definitely push you to go on, your bodies may not be able to. Better to play it safe and let our bodies ease into it.

You deserve your rest!
Rest and recovery are just as important as your workouts, so don't feel guilty or lazy for taking days off! Rest days are necessary to build your muscles back stronger. We also want to make sure we are building a realistic and sustainable workout routine. If it's too extreme, it could get harder to keep it up long-term. Remember, you can always build up.


A note from Coach Abel:

Kina is absolutely right. We really want each and every one of you to do your best and reach your goals, and, when it comes to fitness, this requires not only hard work (which you've already displayed in droves!), but also an understanding of moderation and an appreciation for rest. Always listen to your body. That's rule number one. Rule number two is: Always listen to reason. Before you grab the nearest log of timber and sprint up a staircase in an attempt to emulate something you saw at the Strongest Man Competition, step outside yourself and ask: "Is this workout safe? Is this workout reasonable?  Is this workout going to help me stay on target to reach my goals?" If any of those answers is a "no," or if you are unsure, pleasepleaseplease do not do that workout.

We organized RTK to be an encouraging community and a gradual introduction to an active and healthy lifestyle. We launched the program in January so you could have plenty of time to safely and comfortably ease yourself into your own fitness program, and hopefully achieve some fitness milestone in June (when Kina will be running her own half-marathon). These first few weeks should be approached as a conditioning period; our workouts approached as assessments of our current fitness levels. Check with your physicians, pay extra close attention to any aches or pains, and talk about your goals with friends and family. When you do workout, strive for activities that leave you feeling rejuvenated, happy, and relaxed; avoid activities that leave you drained, pained, or strained. When I'm preparing for a sub-three-hour marathon, I use the same routine to kick off my own training. Keep in mind that fitness is a cycle, and your body needs ample to time recovery and rebuild after workouts. Schedule out regular rest days at least twice a week. Stick to them and enjoy them, because you've earned them!

RTK launch day!!

Hello!

 

I'll keep this short since there's about a novel's worth of information scattered around the website for you to read.  I just want to say how incredibly excited I am for Run Team Kina and I hope you'll come along with me!

 

Since June is the official race month, this means for most of you training will begin sometime in February. You'll have to count backwards from the race date to see when you should start depending on how many weeks your training program is. If you aren't currently in an exercise routine, use January to slowly get your body accustomed to walking/running and work your way up to February.

 

Take advantage of the training programs and coaches! We'll be building out the Running FAQs as we go along as well as an additional resource.

 

Also, check out the forum! The more we share and interact the more we can inspire and support keep each other accountable for our goals.

 

Any personal goal is a goal worth working on, and now is as good a time as any to start.

 

Thank you all for constantly inspiring me to do better and be better. <3

 

Kina

 

 

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